How to Make Simple but Beautiful Map Roses

How to Make Simple but Beautiful Map Roses

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 roses.

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.

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.

his 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.

How to make map roses.  Lovely home decoration and great Valentines gift.  Flowers that don't wilt and die.

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What you need to make map roses

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.

Map rose petal template

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. .

Paper flower petals cut out from old maps for map roses

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.

Wrapping floristry tape around wire

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.

How to make gorgeous map roses for valentine's day.

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.

How to make map roses.  Lovely home decoration and great Valentines gift.  Flowers that don't wilt and die.

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.

Map roses, made from maps of your favourite places.  Full tutorial for this lovely simple craft.
Easy to make map roses for a floral table decoration that won't wilt and die.
Step by step tutorial on how to make this gorgeous table decoration of map roses.  They also make a great Valentine's gift as you can personalize with the maps.
Yield: Map Roses

Map Roses

Map Roses
Use old road maps to make everlasting beautiful map roses.
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • Old road maps
  • Floristry wire
  • Floristry tape
  • Glue


  • scissors
  • glue gun


  1. Download petal template from blog
  2. Draw around the petal templates onto maps and cut them out.
  3. Cover wire in tape
  4. Curl up first petal and glue to wire
  5. Add the other petals gluing one by one


Free maps available to download too.

If you liked this then you will probably like some of my other popular map crafts.
Treat map hearts for Valentine’s
Vintage map suitcase
Map heart ornament

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.

Personalized map gift paper heart in IKEA ribba frame hack.

Free Vintage Maps to Download

Vintage maps of New York.

Free antique New York city maps

116 Responses

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  2. These are so beautiful! I love roses AND I love maps. This is an excellent tutorial, too. Pinning! 🙂

  3. These are absolutely gorgeous! I used to make lots of flowers out of crepe paper many years ago. I never thought of using maps, or anything else for that I just love these!

    • Thank you, Shriley. I just love crafting with maps whenever I can.

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  6. i have never seen something like this before really so beautifull
    thank you

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  8. Sam

    Tried these out for myself! They look amazing. I used atlas pages. Something I found helpful, bending the petals right down the middle gives them a fuller, more rose-like shape.

    • Thank you, and thanks for the tip. I’ll try that with my next bunch.

  9. I love maps,I love roses,I love this post!!!!Have a nice day!!!

  10. Deirdre Henry

    You are so talented. Beautiful roses. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. Roses and maps! What a great combination!

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  14. Claire your roses are beautiful I love how you made them and I love the idea of using Maps 🙂 Thank you for sharing x

  15. This is a lovely post, I can see why you received so many comments. Making the roses up out of maps is brilliant, but I can see the method being really useful for any type of paper. The template is terrific as well. Pinning. Very well done project, thanks for sharing.

  16. I want to make the roses but can not find directions. I know I’m doing something wrong, I just don’t know what. I’ve clicked on everything I see but no luck so far.

    • Hi Roxie, I’ve just checked the instructions are there with pictures. Perhaps if you let me know which bit specifically you are struggling with then maybe I can be more helpful.

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  30. You should seriously have your own DIY show! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

  31. How pretty! I’ve always loved paper flowers. Thanks for joining the Family Joy Link Party.

  32. Claire, I knew you liked maps but this is absolutely amazing. I really like how you added the red watercolor to the tips it makes a huge difference. In fact, if you are not looking closely you might mistake them for roses with a floral pattern. Either way, they are awesome.

    • Thank you so much Mary. Yes I’m really pleased how the painted tops kind of bring them together.

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  34. Oh my Claire your map roses are so unbelievably gorgeous. Wow!!! Simply beautiful

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  36. What a lovely and original projects! You’re a feature tomorrow at Welcome Home Wednesdays! Congrats. See you tomorrow 🙂

  37. They look really cute and simple to make. Thanks for joining us at the Family Joy Blog link up party. xoxo

  38. These are so pretty! The pink around the rims really brings the flowers together. I think this would be a fun idea to do with old maps of places you have visited – I feel like I always end up with a ton of them. Pinning.

    • Thank you, I keep all the maps of places I’ve been for projects like this.

  39. You really are the map queen! Such delicate flowers and the color impressive. Certainly a conversation piece as well. love it!

  40. These are so beautiful! Hubby has a lot of aviation charts and these would work perfectly, especially if you give them a little more color with the red tips! Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday blog hop!

    • Thank you, I bet they would look great with the aviation charts.

  41. Such a charming bouquet, Claire! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm–pinned!

  42. These are so pretty – such a great idea. Pinned

  43. I have a ridiculous number of things to do this evening and yet now I want to leave everything and make map roses! Maybe I could make myself one whilst the dinner is in the oven……

    • I find they are quite a relaxing thing to make in front of the telly at night. I sit with a tray on my lap and cut the petals on to that. Once I’ve got enough petals for a few flowers then I get the glue gun out.

      • Hi Claire, just to let you know your lovely roses one of the features on Handmade Monday with week.

  44. Such a clever and attractive idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

  45. Lucy Blossom

    They are beautiful, thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  46. So beautiful, love roses and think these would be a good gift for travel enthusiasts, using maps of the places they have visited

    • Thanks, yes I like to make them with the maps of my favourite places.

  47. As always with your projects beautiful- the pink brings them to life. Have to admit and this time of year if I do the weekly shop at Aldi I sneak some tulips into the shopping, I’ve saved the money by not going to Sainsbury’s!!!

    • Thank you Vicky. I didn’t know Aldi sold flowers I’ll look next time I go in. It’s my birthday and Valentine’s Day tomorrow so perhaps I might be given some flowers.

  48. What a cute idea Claire! Love the touch of watercolor paint on the ends!

  49. These are fab! Such a great idea x

  50. Look gorg and so easy, pinning 😀 Dropping by from #HandmadeMonday

  51. Absolutely charming, Claire! Pinned & tweeted! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  52. I love the things you do with maps! thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  53. I love these map roses especially the pink edges! Thanks for sharing with us at #CCBG

  54. I love this idea! I love travel and Valentine’s Day, so this DIY project is perfect. Can’t wait to give it a try.

    • Thank you, I love to travel too and Valentine’s Day is my Birthday. Good luck with them.

  55. creativejewishmom/sara

    lovely Claire, i might just try this with magazine pages as well, need a bunch of flowers for centerpieces this week! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

    • Thank you, would love to see how they look with magazine pages.

  56. These are so pretty. They look complicated but you broke down so they are really easy to make. I can see so many ways to use these. Pinned.

  57. What a beautiful idea! My husband loves maps, and it’s fun to find new and creative ways to use them – definitely trying this! I hope you’ll share this with Awesome Life Friday. 🙂

  58. These are amazing!! What a clever idea! I love the pink edges the best! 🙂

  59. What a simple project yet so classy! I love maps but I’ve never done a craft with maps. This is a good one!

  60. I love these!!! You are my crafty hero 🙂

  61. I love how these turned out! Such a cool concept.

  62. I think these would FANTASTIC as a corsage/boutonnière for prom or a wedding.

  63. Oh my goodness! These rose are the cutest

    Thanks so much for the DIY inspiration!
    {BIG hugs}
    ~ Ashley

  64. love it Claire! I have to try this. Love your use of maps in a lot of your projects.

    • Thank you Maria, I’m always on the look out for map projects.

  65. What a great idea. With the dawning of GPS and google maps, I would imagine that there are quite a few unloved maps roaming about. So glad you’ve given them a good purpose.

    Have a great weekend.


    • Thank you, Lynn. I’m always on the look out for old road maps.

  66. Your roses are amazing, love them!

  67. Very pretty! Thanks for the tutorial. Pinned it.

  68. Liz

    How pretty! I love maps too. 🙂

    • Thank you, I just gave one to a friend with her birthday present made with a map of her home town and she loved it!

  69. Emy

    I love these roses so much! Map crafts are so fun!

  70. Ali

    I love this idea! Finally some pretty flowers that I can keep alive. Saw your link at the Creative Crafty party and the Sticky Blogging FB group.

  71. Gorgeous!

  72. These are so cute! Pinning it! 🙂

  73. I just love any kind of paper crafting and these are so unique!

  74. I absolutely love these flowers Claire. They are gorgeous! I’m pinning!

  75. What a cute idea Claire! Love the touch of watercolor paint on the ends! Pinned!

    • Thanks I thought the watercolour paint would bring them together.

  76. Claire, thanks so much for sharing. These roses are awesome and who would have thought they were so easy to make? I definitely have to keep this tutorial tucked away for the future!

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