Jute Map Frame Makeover

March 25, 2010

I found this awesome world map at National Geographic.  Lovely neutral colors and a great size to go over the couch in our guest room/game room/craft room.  I was looking for something big to fill in the large blank space above the couch.   This 4’ by 6’ laminated map definitely fits the bill.   
  
National Geographic Wall Map
The edges were a little plain though.  I originally thought I’d buy some trim pieces and frame it out.  But I happened to be wandering through Wal-Mart’s fabric section and happened upon this: 

Jute Upholstery Webbing 
It’s jute upholstery webbing.   Priced at only $.67 per yard, I knew I had met my new frame.  I just tacked it up around the map, making mitered corners at each end. 

Mitered Corners 
To eliminate bulk at the corners, I cut out a triangular piece of the webbing before I hot glued the mitered corners together.
 

Jute Frame


I tacked the webbing to the wall using decorative upholstery nails I had leftover from my daughter’s no sew window treatment.  

Jute Framed Map 

I also ran the tiniest bead of hot glue between the edge of the webbing and the map to help the edges lay down nicely.


Map with Jute Webbing Frame
Map with Jute Frame
I love the color and texture the jute adds. 

34 comments:

  1. Wow! Looks great! :)

    I got my husband a similar map from Nat Geo for Christmas. It didn't make it on the plane back over to India with us (too big to fit in a suitcase and we had our hands too full for an extra carry on), so we'll have to have someone bring it to us. But when it arrives, I will definitely be asking someone to bring me some of this jute webbing!

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  2. This is great! I actually just ordered this exact map earlier in the week ... it should be here any day now! Like you, I was going to frame it but after seeing your project I may reconsider! I'm planning on adhering my map to foam board and using small "map pins" to mark everywhere we've traveled and lived. We live in Europe and are blessed with a lot of travel opportunities. I thought this would be a simple but decorative way of documenting our travels.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I've seen that map before, too - maybe Centsational Girl? Now I am determined to get it one day!

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  4. We have that exact map (in a smaller size) and the US map in our office. We just bought it last week and were just talking about how to frame it out. It's a great map!

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  5. That is a totally cool idea to use as a frame!

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  6. Gorge!!! And cheap!! (even better...)

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  7. Pretty, Carolyn! And, it looks like a frame. The colors pick up the colors in the map nicely, too.

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  8. I love the 67 cent a yard jute at Walmart - I've got tons of it!!

    I looks fabulous as a frame for your map - great creative thinking.

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  9. I would have never thought to use that....awesome idea!

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  10. Great idea Carolyn! I have been thinking about a large map in my study, but wasn't sure about a frame - this would be perfect!

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  11. Wow that is lovely. Great job. I would of never thought about putting that upholstry webbing for a frame. Looks very expensive now!

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  12. What a clever idea to frame it with jute! Adss some great texture. Hope you're having a good week.

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  13. This turned out so cute I love it!!

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  14. How great! My husband is obsessed with maps and would love this (okay, I'd love it because it would make his maps look nicer :)).

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  15. we bought the giant map also and framed it out with trim painted chocolate brown. Its hangs over our couch in our bonus/game room. We get lots of compliments on it. I love the idea of jute around it. Maybe next time.

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  16. That really added a nice element! I love it!

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  17. WOW! This turned out great!

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  19. That looks so great. The frame really adds a lot.

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  20. very interesting frame.. I like it!
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  21. Oh My Goodness! What a great idea!!! I just hung a map this week and posted it on my blog - I will have to add this incredible detail to mine. Thank you for the inspiration!

    Jen @ Noting Grace

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  22. love it! i think i may try this with a ribbon border.
    pax Christi - Lena

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  23. That turned out great

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  24. That is a great idea! So simple, but it looks so nice.

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  25. good job! Burlap is really THE thing right now! ..and I love maps, too! Dropping by from That's so Cheri... Hope to see you at my place!

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  26. Very clever way to create a frame. Hope you'll drop by and see our lavender fantasy bath. -- Jane F.

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  27. Isn't that smart!! I really like the texture of the jute against the map-looks great!

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  28. What a great idea! I love how it turned out too. Thanks for sharing at Fun to Craft's Spring has Sprung Party!

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  29. Love it. Love the price.
    Heading to Walmart! :)

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