Who doesn’t like receiving a bunch of flowers? Sorry to put a damper on things, however, eventually, they wilt and die. The flowers go from smelling lovely and sweet to stinking something rotten! So I made some map
I’d love to have a regular supply of fresh flowers but I can’t afford it and I can’t remember the last time someone gave me a bunch of flowers (Paul if you’re reading this that’s a hint). I thought it would be fun to make some everlasting paper flowers.
How to Make Simple but Beautiful Map Roses
Paper flowers may not compare to the real thing but they still add a bit of colour and glamour to a home. They also make me smile when I spot them.
This being an upcycling blog and because I have a bit of an obsession with using old maps in my crafting, I chose to use them to make these paper flowers.
The map roses are really simple to create and I think they look gorgeous. You can show them all together in a bunch, or just stick one in a milk bottle on its own.
As roses are Valentine’s symbol, these map roses would make a lovely alternative Valentine’s gift. They really look fantastic as a gift topper. Last year I used maps to make some Valentine’s treat map hearts.
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What you need to make map roses
- Old maps, atlas’s etc you can get some awesome map wrapping paper however, I prefer to use maps that are printed on both sides. If that’s not possible one-sided maps will still work but will look a little different.
- Green Floristry wire and Green floristry tape
- Scissors and Pen
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Red watercolour paint and brush (optional)
How to Make Map Roses
1. First, you will need to cut out your map shaped petals. I used a template like the one shown for three different shaped petals, small, medium and large.
2 Place your petal template on top of the map, draw around it and then cut out the petal shape. For each map rose you will need six small petals, six medium petals, and six large petals. .
3. Cut your floristry wire to the length you would like your rose stem to be. Then wrap this wire with the green floristry tape.
Adding the petals to your map roses..1. First, take a small map petal and roll it up tight, using a glue gun stick the petal to the end of your green stem.
2. Take another small petal and gently roll it in your hand to shape it into a slight curve. Dab a small amount of hot glue onto the base of the petal and stick this to your stem.
3. Carry on with the remainder 4 small petals overlapping them slightly as you go round.
4. Next glue your medium-sized petals one by one to the outside of the small petals, again overlapping as you go round.
5. Repeat with the six remaining large petals.
Finishing off your map roses.
To finish your map roses you can stick a small green leaf cut from green paper to the stem. I also painted the edges of my rose petals with a small amount of red watercolour paint to add a bit more red to the maps.
Several map roses together create a lovely decoration. You can display them individually in small bottles. They also look very impressive together in a bunch. A single map rose on its own makes a gorgeous gift topper, especially if you use maps of meaningful places.
- Old road maps
- Floristry wire
- Floristry tape
- glue gun
- Download petal template from blog
- Draw around the petal templates onto maps and cut them out.
- Cover wire in tape
- Curl up first petal and glue to wire
- Add the other petals gluing one by one
Free maps available to download too.
I’ve also made some gorgeous upcycled denim flower bouquets using this same method.
If you are making map roses as a gift for someone because they love maps, then you may want to check out my other personalized map gift idea.
This map upcycle is featured in the A to Z of upcycling ideas and resources.