How To Decoupage Furniture With Maps

Want to customize wood, paper, and other surfaces in a snap? Try decoupage! With a few simple materials, you can change a run-of-the-mill object into something one-of-a-kind! I wanted to remix my Ikea cabinet with these vintage New York vintage subway maps but with a pop of color.

What You Need

  • A piece of furniture (your choice!) 
  • Decoupage Glue, like this
  • Vintage maps or Pictures 
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors 
  • Craft knife
  • Water


Dip your brush in water and mix the brush into the paint in your tray. Brush the desired color on your image. Be sure to wash out your brush between strokes.

You can move your image around until you get the desired effect with your watercolor. Let dry.


Once your maps are dry, tear or cut the material to fit on the surface of your object. Use sharp scissors or a craft knife to cut the paper or fabric into shapes or an outline. Dip a brush into the decoupage glue and apply the material to the surface. Flatten all air bubbles.

For more details of this tutorial check out this video to learn more about this technique! Also if you want more DIY tips, tricks AND access to my private DIY facebook group, sign up for my email list here