Love for Old Maps

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

We have such a love for old maps. So far we've collected ones from Europe, Japan, and Okinawa to frame.
Cam being the amazing builder he is, had the great idea to just make our own. 
So... we took a frame making class at the wood shop on base and it turned out to be really fun {Cam learned how to build the framing and I how to mat, cut glass + put it all together}.
It took us a couple of hours on two Saturdays and saved us a ton of money. By building them ourselves, we paid about $30/frame for the materials, saving what would have cost $600 on custom-framing! Hooray!
If you've ever thought about building your own or taking a class on framing, I definitely recommend it. We love these even more knowing that we made them together.

happy Tuesday!

28 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea, to make your own frames. And they look lovely hanging on the wall! My boyfriend loves projects like this. I will definitely suggest making our own the next time we are in need of a frame.

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  2. This is an amazing idea - they turned out wonderfully! You guys are already pros :)

    xxx
    Jenna

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  3. WOW that is really neat! My hubby would loves working with wood, he recently just built us a Pottery Barn Bed knock off! We spent about $500 and saved about $3500! xoxo A-

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  4. Those frames are gorgeous! And just knowing you did them together must make it all so much more intimate. Such a fun thing to do.

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  5. Great idea!!! Love love love!

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  6. I love maps too, and am totally impressed that you guys framed them together! What a great idea! :)

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  7. amazing. and i'm coming to stay for a while (:

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  8. Those are just lovely, what a great project to do together! I love maps so you're giving me lots of good ideas ;)

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  9. 1. your place is gorgeous
    2. i share an obsession for maps. i think it's my sailing days. love
    3. your frames turned out so well! you guys are legit!

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  10. my husband loves maps. His birthday is in August, and this might be a good gift for him. Thanks for the idea!

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  11. Such a fan of maps as well! Love the framing it yourself idea

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  12. Those look amazing!!

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  13. very cool! I have an old map of the world that I bought at an antique store last year. I love it!

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  14. How amazing! I pray that I am able to have a living room full of maps of places we've been... you two inspire me :)

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  15. What a great idea! How fun and they look great

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  16. Maps are so cool! I love that you two worked on that project together. The frames turned out great!

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  17. haha...you totally MUSt see our house Mands! it is covered in vintage maps and vintage posters:) it's actually getting a tad obsessive that every room in our house has some sort of travel paraphernalia! haha! love you sweetness!

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  18. What a great idea and such a fun thing to do together! I love old maps we have a vintage map from our honeymoon spot in Italy I'm been meaning to get framed.

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  19. I am OBSESSED with maps. Love this idea! They look amazing.

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  20. Looks GORGEOUS and what a fun thing to do together!!! Love it! :)

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  21. how cool that was a class to take - great job...um - i wanna borrow your hubby for a month so he can recreate all that he builds for y'all....awesome!

    xoxo from Michigan

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  22. awesome. well done on saving some serious cash dolla.

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  23. The three maps are amazing and look fantastic on your wall - great job!!

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