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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.

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.

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

Materials

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

Tools

  • scissors
  • glue gun

Instructions

  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

Notes

Free maps available to download too.

I’ve also made some gorgeous upcycled denim flowers bouquet using this same method.

If you liked this then you will probably like some of my other popular map crafts.

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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.

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Maria

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

These are sweet flowers

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

Thank you so much Maria

Mike

Thursday 5th of December 2019

i never thought the map could be so beautiful, Always consider them as boring stuff.

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 5th of December 2019

Thank you. I love maps especially old ones I think they add interest to ordinary things.

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Dane

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

woua comme c' est beau j' adore c' est magnifique très vintage un beau pas a pas je me suis abonnée a ton blog a bientôt

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

Thank you, I'm glad you liked it and thank you for subscribing.

Jennifer Wise

Thursday 31st of May 2018

These are so beautiful! I love roses AND I love maps. This is an excellent tutorial, too. Pinning! :) #embracingchangelinky

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 31st of May 2018

Thank you so much and thanks for the share.

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