Ta-Da! Challenge # 1 Results

A Sense of Place

The first Challenge brought diverse projects and materials, and a late-night, under the wire entry. The theme was to make something for your home using a map of a place that’s special to you.


Diane prettied up her powder room with this fresh map-covered vase. The cars give it that fun road-trip feeling. Here’s Diane’s description:

“I wanted something cute and whimsical for my guest bathroom. I bought an ugly ceramic vase at the Dollar Store, then gave it a light sanding to roughen up the glaze. I took an old AAA map and dry-fitted it around the vase. Then I made some homemade paper mache paste (water, flour, salt) and laying the map out on a table (outside!), I coated one side with the paper mache goo and wrapped it up around the vase. I tried to keep the ease-to-fit folds all going in the same direction. After I let it dry completely, I coated the whole thing with Mod Podge to waterproof it and give it a gloss finish. I added a sheer ribbon fringe and stuck on a few cartoon car wooden cut-outs I found at Michael’s. I hope my overnight guests and travelers like the way it came out!”

Andy hoped to make something more involved, but life got in the way and before he knew it, the deadline loomed. So he quickly spiffed up a folder and now he can gaze at the funky California island map while he works. Here’s what Andy had to say:


“I really like this old map showing California as an island. My initial idea was to use it on the front of a sunglasses and car keys holder made with old wood. April 8 arrived very quickly, so I applied it to my travel information file folder which actually has a prominent place in my home office.”

So tell us Andy, was California ever really an island?

Here’s the Challenge inspiration project, my pillow that I stitched using Lake Tahoe maps.


“I needed a throw pillow in lighter shades to complement our sofa’s dark tones, so I designed this one using maps. I bought a simple Tahoe-area road map and a vintage postcard map from eBay. I scanned the maps and printed them onto inkjet fabric (from Michaels). I found a great polka-dot cloth napkin at Cost Plus and some inexpensive fabric ribbons at Michaels. I stitched away from there, fitting the cover to a pillow form that I had on hand. I’m pretty happy with the results, and it’s adding some needed whimsy to our couch.”


And get the pot brewing, Diane. The result of a random drawing, you’re the first official winner of this incredible HomeWorkshop.com coffee mug! When you get past being overtaken with joy, email me and let me know where to send it.

Thanks for participating in the first of many HomeWorkshop weekly Challenges. And Design Junkies, there are four more open Challenges for you to enter…come on, give it a whirl. We can’t wait to see what you do.

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