Travel-inspired crafts: Go DIY crazy with maps
By Aimee Heckel
DIY doesn’t have to be relegated to homebodies. Maps from your travels around the world — or from places you dream of visiting — are as versatile for crafting as paper is.
Here are some travel-inspired crafts that completely redefine the use of maps. You’ll never see your atlas the same again.
1. Map-covered letters.
Dot & Bo sells beautiful map-print letters spelling out the word “travel” to hang on your wall. Although they’re on sale 20 percent off, they’re still $149.99.
Or you could buy wooden letters from Craft Cuts and decorate them yourself. Basic birch letters start at just 50 cents. Order the letters to spell out “travel” six inches tall and 1/4 inch thick (you can pick your own sizes) for $24. If you’re on a budget, pick thinner wood. If you want to splurge, add a few inches in height. The wooden letters from Craft Cuts are available in almost any size or stain (if you don’t want to decorate them).
2. A map wreath.
Why decorate your front door with a standard holiday wreath this winter, when you can make something much more personal? Create a wreath out of your atlas using this inspiration from the blog Too Much Time On My Hands.
Also check out the blog’s idea for decorating with vintage luggage tags.
3. A decorative map garland.
We love this idea from Etsy artist Bookity: string heart-shaped maps into a garland. Bookity sells her map garlands for $28, but if you’re a bit crafty, you may be able to figure out how to make them for yourself. String it across your mantel or bookshelf to add a unique, personal and meaningful accent.
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