Friday, March 30, 2012

for the birds: a caveman's windows

chalk this up as one of the world's easiest diys. seriously, i shouldn't even call it a diy. do you have at least four fingers, some tape and an old atlas? than you can do this craft. hell, you can probably do it with less than four fingers! but you do need tape. unless you're some sort of sticky genius!

we have these beautiful built-in cabinets in our dining room. with my hoarding collecting beautiful items, i need all the storage i can get in our house. however, with glass cabinets, it's not always pretty. here are what the cabinets look like on a normal day.

why yes, we do have a very drink-specific collection of bar ware. and a dozen carafes. don't ask.

ok, ok, that's not so bad. but that's because i took a picture of the "nice" cabinet. i saved the mean one for a full frontal. are you ready for it? this is what it looks like. doors open and everything. i know, it's a little obscene.

everyone needs 16 serving plates, 8 vases, 4 random mason jars, and what appears to be some sort of mini rice steamer. let's not forget the ice cream cups, french press and the world's smallest cake stand. who eats cake that small?

so clearly, i needed something to cover this monstrosity up. because i'm not cleaning it out any time soon. it's way easier to cover it up. and more fun.

back in the day when nora and i used to have two birds sales out of my house, we came up with the idea to use scrapbook paper to cover the glass. it was a great idea, and looked great, but scrapbook paper is heavy, and tape from the dollar store sucks – so after time, the paper would fall every time i opened a cabinet. god forbid i use better tape or even try to fix it!

chris and i were both getting sick of it, though. as pretty as it is, the paper was just too heavy. what to do? such a dilemma! and then i stumbled upon this beauty while we were thrifting up north.

a whopping $.50 bought me this precious road atlas. and here is what i did with it.

please note that i did, in fact, use some form of organization while doing this. the left side (as seen above) consists of the united states full map, hawaii and alaska beneath that, manhattan below that and then north and south dakota (our neighbors to the west).

land of 10,000 lakes (and two birds)

OOOOk-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain!

and to the right, i was very somewhat geographical. up top we have (a sideways) minnesota, my great home state. followed by iowa, kansas and oklahoma. i moved a little west as i moved south mainly because i thought oklahoma would look cool split between two windows. plus, it's not like i ever have my eighth grade geography teacher over for dinner. it might be fun, actually, but then i'd have to switch my windows out. and now we all know how hard that is to do!

so there you have it. the easy, breezy window covering diy. let's come up with a word that means something easier than diy. help me out, what do you think? "it's so easy, even a caveman bird could do it."

happy friday!
megan bird


  1. So cute! I love the idea of using maps. Since Kevin studies city planning, I try to incorporate maps into our apartment as much as possible and this is such a sweet way to do it :)

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Looks great! I've been contemplating framing some vintage maps for our bedroom - I think I've got to go for it now!!

  3. Clever! And geeze, doors open and everything?! Have you no shame?! ;)

  4. Oh man, this is so cool! I know Kyle would love this if he saw it :)

  5. I'm a bit confused. In the picture no.1, the cabinet is pretty neat. the glass were arranged perfectly.

    In the picture no 2? where's all the glasses? why the glasses were missing and now you have a lot of vases there.

    Okay For pic. no 1, why do you need to cover the cabinet with an atlas? It looks good without it. If the cabinet get messy like no 2 pic. the atlas idea is perfect.

    So, I come up with this idea, why don't you make scrolling atlas. You know like window blinds, where you can scroll down and up?

    Hahah...just my silly idea.


  6. i quite love this. this is a great idea. i would really enjoy to do this with some of those glass ikea cabinets to spice it up a bit. not that i have any yet :)

    <3 katherine

  7. We have a nautical map "framed" by an old window, but I never thought of applying it to our awful glass-doored shelves in the office. You're so creative.

    The Suburb Experiment

  8. How much fun is that!
    Sara :)

  9. What a great idea!! It looks awesome!

  10. What a brilliant idea! And the final result is absolutely amazing.

  11. Love love. This is so pinterest worthy. Totally a fantastic DIY. Love the cabinets built in....dawn suitcase vignettes. Xo

  12. What an awesomely fun idea for decorating!!! I am definitely going to try this one at home...the maps lend such kitschy charm to the cabinet and do make for a great cover up :)

    <3 Cambria

  13. That's a great idea! I've also seen maps be used as a matting, which I thought about trying.

  14. Cute. Creative camo is what sets us apart from the animals. I mean, they are just made that way. We actually have to try. APPLAUSE all around.

  15. it looks awesome! love your ideas!

  16. I really love this. It's so unique.


  17. What a GREAT idea! Love how it turned out!