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Map It Out: Paper Crafting with Maps

This post is brought to you by Martha Bonneau from MugsyBoo.

This summer we took a couple of road trips out of state as a family.  As anyone with small children knows, that means stopping at each and every rest area in each and every state along the way.  By about the 3rd time we stopped I noticed that along with all of the literature for different tourist attractions in the area (caves, zip lines, historical sites) there were also free(!) state maps available to travelers.  That’s right, free paper for me to create something with!  Since everyone either uses smartphones or navigation when traveling I was kind of surprised to see them.  I thought maybe just that particular state was generous enough to give away maps, but when we stopped at the next rest area in the next state there they were again.  By the end of our trip I had maps from 4 different states just waiting to be made into something.  The first project I tackled when we got home was creating a couple of pocket style scrapbook pages for our 2014 album.  I used a punch to create 3×4” cards from one of the maps, I printed a sentiment on them and now when we look at our album I fondly remember all of those rest area stops!

map pic pocket page

Next I decided I would start looking for ways to use the maps I had collected and I am so glad I did as there are so many fun and creative ideas on how to use maps in your DIY paper crafting projects. In this post I am sharing 15 of my favorite projects using maps.  From fun handmade envelopes to creative cards there is a whole world of inspiration here.


Map Out Your Home Décor

map pic decor

There are so many decorating ideas beyond simply hanging a map on the wall!

Wrapped Map Canvas

Map Banner

Rolled Map Wreath

DIY Map Art

Paper Map Flowers


Scrap Your Map

map pic card

If it’s paper it can be scrapped!  Find ideas for cards and albums using maps below.

Map Scrapbooks

Mapping the Journey Handmade Card

Map To Your Heart Card

You Mean The World To Me Card

Map Envelope Book


Ornaments and Gift Wrap Ideas

map pic ornament

How to make wrap with a map…and other holiday ideas.

Recycled Map Christmas Ornament

Pinecone Map Ornament

Put it on The Map Gift Bag

Gift card Envelope

DIY Map Gift Bag

I know I said 15 ideas, but I am adding one more because it is just too awesome not to share.  Check out this Folded Map Dress (scroll down for tutorial)  How cute would this be in a little girl’s room . . . or my craft room lol!


Where was the last place you traveled?