Making your own DIY Map Ornaments is a great way to commemorate a fun trip!
It’s so easy to make your own DIY map ornaments! In the picture you can see 2 of the ornaments I’ve made. One is from a trip Dan and I took last year to Chicago for a wedding. The other is from Kansas City, Missouri, which is near where I attended college. Dan and I visited my old roommate who lives there, and I’ve been there many times.
I wanted some way to commemorate our trips, and DIY map ornaments seemed like the easiest way to do that! I love that they take up very little space, and also that they are so super easy to make. You don’t need any crafting skills to make these ornaments happen!
What you need to make DIY Map Ornaments:
- Mod Podge & paint brush
- Any shape of plain ornament
- Old maps (or just print one out using google maps)
Trace the ornament onto the map. You’ll want to cut inside of the line a little bit, so make sure you place the ornament on the part of the map you really want to show. This could be the location of your hotel, or a favorite attraction, or even the location of an old home you lived in.
Cut inside of the line, to make the paper slightly smaller than the ornament.
Paint mod podge onto the ornament. Place the map onto the mod podge, and smooth out any wrinkles. Allow to dry for at least 10 minutes.
You can leave the ornament like this, or if you’d like it to be sealed, paint more mod podge over the top of the paper. This is what I did. Don’t worry about it making the ink bleed if you printed your map; that shouldn’t be a problem. The Chicago DIY map ornament was printed out, and it didn’t bleed at all.
Let the mod podge dry completely, and now your DIY map ornament is complete!
These make a fabulous gift to remind a friend or loved one of a special place you shared with them! They’re also really fun to use instead of a bow when you wrap a present!