Happy Monday, y’all! Is everyone ready for Valentine’s Day?
I must admit, we don’t go all-out for the day or anything, but it’s always good to have a reminder to appreciate those you love, isn’t it? So we take advantage of it! I hope all of you do the same!
On that note, I’m totally stoked to share today’s guest post with you! These are awesome ideas from the lovely Megan Wild on how to use MAPS to make VALENTINES! Wohoo!
Now that it’s possible to get anywhere you need to go with turn-by-turn directions on your cell phone, you probably haven’t looked at a paper map in years. Why would you? It’s not safe to open them while driving, and the most detailed ones aren’t exactly convenient to carry around since they’re so big. Worst of all, they’re nearly impossible to fold back up flat again!
Luckily, you can turn those old maps into great works of art. If you have a collection of maps lying around your house, try using them as a free source of paper to make creative Valentines for friends and family. For some inspiration, check out these fun Valentine’s Day crafts to get started:
Show the Way to Your Heart With Valentine’s Day Cards
The great thing about all those old maps is that they’re made out of paper, so they’re easy to work with. Think about it as a free source of scrapbook paper – the same paper crafting techniques apply. If you’re a seasoned scrapbooker, you probably already have an arsenal full of supplies, but here are suggestions for a novice to craft a beautiful handmade Valentine with maps:
- Romantic Itinerary: Scan your map to choose cities or other locations than will make a rough heart shape on your map. Fold the map in half so the map is on the outside of a large greeting card. On the inside, write a numbered list of the places you chose – do this in order, so your Valentine can connect the dots between locations to draw a red heart on the map.
- Loving Memories: If you have access to several maps, draw a heart around places that are special to your Valentine and cut them out. You can then use these hearts to make a collage on a card or string together a garland of hearts for a one-of-a-kind Valentine.
- Catchy Slogans: For a simple Valentine, cut a large heart from your map and glue it to the front of a basic paper card. Add a travel-themed slogan to complete your card. Here are some great ones:
“I’d be lost without you.”
“You mean the world to me.”
“You’ve found the way to my heart.”
Take the Road Less Traveled With a Homemade Gift
Lots of people will give cards to their friends and loved ones this Valentine’s Day, but you can really wow that special someone if you take the time to make a homemade gift instead. You can still use those old maps to enhance some lovely crafts. Try these easy projects for a heartfelt gift:
- Frame a Photo: Dress up a great snapshot with a large frame that comes with a plain mat. Instead of keeping the mat as-is, cover the boring mat with your map. To do this, trace the mat onto an interesting section of your map, then carefully cut the paper. Use spray adhesive to attach the map to the mat and allow to dry for a one-of-a-kind work of art.
- Put a Ring on It: Cut that old map down into narrow strips about a one-eighth to one-quarter of an inch wide. Use the biggest map you can – you’ll need about 5 feet of length, though it doesn’t have to be a single continuous strip of paper. Wind the strips tightly around a ring sizer – or something that’s the size of the recipient’s finger, like a round hairbrush handle or something similar – until the ring is the thickness you’d like. Glue it all in place and you have a homemade paper ring. If you have more time, trying making a necklace of paper beads from your map instead.
- Share the Souvenirs: Commemorate a special trip by making a shadow box to hold trinkets and souvenirs. Trace the plain cardboard or balsa wood back of the shadow box onto your favorite section of a map – bonus points for using a map of the place you visited. Cut the map to size and use spray adhesive to glue it to the backing board. Mount souvenirs like foreign currency, tickets, seashells or any other sentimental item before putting the shadow box back together.
Though you may not need a map out on the open road anymore, they’re still an incredibly useful – not to mention beautiful – arts and crafts material to work with. Whether you decide to try your hand at making a simple card or go all out on a series of map-inspired jewelry or wall art, your Valentine is sure to appreciate all of your artistic efforts. Best of all, old maps are easy to find around the house, thrift stores or even at your local service station, so you should be able to stay well stocked for future projects.
Megan Wild loves home decor and helping couples realize the unique and memorable ways that they can decorate their homes. Check out more of her work on her blog, Your Wild Home.
I love these ideas, thanks so much, Megan! Have you ever used a map for a craft such as this one? Where’s the best place to come upon a vintage map, anyone know?
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