Old fashioned paper maps are beautiful and colorful. Try one of these four crafts with maps to add to your home decor or make as gifts.
I can't tell you the last time I looked at a paper map for directions. Today all we do is use our GPS on the phone or car. However, it wasn't that long ago that we used maps for all of our car trips.
Typically they were folded up into a neat narrow package. However, often when I attempted to open one up fully I sometimes would end up covering the view of the driver, my husband, and that wasn't good.
Still, I always thought they were pretty and maybe you've noticed that today many people are crafting with maps.
Wouldn't this be a great way to memorialize a special trip or perhaps be the inspiration for a trip not yet taken?
Making Crafts with Maps
Where to Find Maps
You may have a stash of them in a box somewhere. Or maybe you've found some antique maps at your local vintage shop. They are all great candidates for crafting. And, if you don't have any you can find some online on a stock photo site like Deposit Photos and print them on your inkjet printer.
Other Free Online Map Sources
- Antique maps from Redbudart.com
- Vintage printable maps from Pillar Box Blue
- The Graphics Fairy Maps
- Printable Vintage Maps at The Navage Patch
Coasters with Maps
Maps look great on coasters. Just use some mod podge or white glue. Then spray them with several coats of poly or use brush-on poly to make sure they are protected and durable.
Maps on Candle Holders
It can't be more simple than this. You can find these candle holders or glass vases at the dollar store. Just wrap the map around it, use a bit of glue or double-stick tape to secure it into place. Then place a pillar candle inside for a pretty glowing piece of home decor.
Make Map Piggy Bank with a Mason Jar
Pick your destination. Find a map of the place and start saving for that trip with this cute piggy bank idea. Here I've used a mason jar but any jar would work well.
Map Gift Bags
Just as you can make a bag from wrapping paper, I think the beauty of printed maps makes an excellent little gift bag. You can use this handy video to give you an idea of how to create a bag from paper.
Want more? Just search map crafts on Google or Pinterest and you will find tons of inspiration. For now I hope you enjoy some of the ideas I created here for you.