DIY Heart Map Ornament & Brooch

DIY Heart Map Ornament, Brooch, Keyring and Tag

Map Ornament: Want to personalise a decoration or gift for someone special ? Then stick a map on it. You can use maps of where they are from, a favourite holiday or for a couple where they met.
Maps are my favourite way to personalise my crafts. Maps make things look fantastic. Not only that they can make the most mundane of objects all of a sudden a lot more interesting and even turn them into a conversation piece.
My easy map table mats and my very popular IKEA lamp map hacks are great examples of this.
Heart shaped maps only add the specialness of maps. I’ve made treat map hearts for valentines before. This time I decided that I would use the heart shape for some Christmas ornaments.
Make a personalised Christmas decoration for your tree with a DIY heart map ornament.  They also make a lovely gift.
I was so pleased how my Christmas heart map ornament was turning out. I got a bit carried away with them and made some brooches, key rings and even Christmas tags out of them. They were so easy to do and added that extra something special to my Christmas decorations and gifts.
Who doesn’t like a Christmas gift that’s been personalised for them ?
DIY map heart ornament, keyring and brooches.  Great for a handmade personalised gift.
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What you need to make a heart Map ornament etc

What you need to make a heart map ornament, brooches and tags.


How to make a Map ornament, brooch and keyring.

  1. Decide on what sized wooden heart you are going to use. Larger ones for the map ornament and keyring, smaller ones for the map brooch.

  3. Place your map on a cutting mat and then place the heart shape on top of the map where you want.

  5. Using your paper scalpel (x-acto) carefully cut round the heart.

  7. Paste both the heart and the map cut out with decoupage glue.

  9. Carefully stick down your map to the wooden heart.

  11. Apply a layer of decoupage glue or varnish to the top of the map to seal it. I applied at least 2 coats allowing them to dry in between.


Finishing off your map ornament, keyring, brooch or tag…

  • For the map ornament you will need to stick a map to both sides of the wooden heart and attach the red velvet ribbon for hanging.
    DIY heart map ornament for that extra special personalised gift.

  • For the map brooch, you will need only a map on the front. On the back of the heart attach the self adhesive brooch pin.
    For a lovely gift make a simple map heart brooch of their favourite places.

  • For the map keyring, like with the map ornament a map on both sides and then attach a keyring chain.
    DIY heart map keyring, for that personalised touch.

  • To use your map ornament as a gift tag, only stick a map on the front. Then you can write the recipient’s details on the back of the wooden map heart.


Ideas of Maps to Use

For the ornaments, you can use maps of where you have spent past Christmases. Up until the age of thirty, I spent most of my Christmas’s in Hong Kong. Then my family moved to Portugal but I live in the UK. I aim to have a heart map ornament for everywhere I’ve spent Christmas, which is Hong Kong, Portugal, Newcastle Upon-Tyne, and Staffordshire.
Another idea for a heart map is to have on one side a map of where you were born and on the other a map of where your husband or partner was born.
For the brooches you can use maps of your favourite places and cities. What maps would you use?

Make a personalised Christmas decoration for your tree with these DIY heart map ornaments.  They also make a lovely gift.
DIY map heart ornament for that extra special personalised gift.
Make a personalised Christmas decoration for your tree with these DIY heart map ornaments.  They also make a lovely gift.

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    • The map ideas, which are fabulous, could also be used in making your children’s school art projects, school papers, pictures etc. Great Idea!

  2. […] I always keep maps from our travels and absolutely LOVE these map ornaments by Pillar Box Blue. I have ours all in a box & now I know what to do with them = AWESOME […]

  3. Very cute idea! Our whole family loves maps so this would be a fun project!

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  5. Love your map ornaments, brooches, key rings and tags. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle and I am featuring them at the party today.

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  7. Kim

    Love these! If printing maps, what weight paper would you suggest using? Cardstock, regular printer paper, photo paper?

    • Thank you, you don’t want the paper to be too heavy for this project so regular printer paper is fine.

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  10. love these, so much fun any time! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday, great to reconnect in 2017!

  11. I love all these ideas, especially the brooches. I’ll be pinning this as I think I know a few people for whom this would be a great gift. I saved a few old road map books (now we are all sat navs these days a road map seems very old school doesn’t it?) and I’ve used it for some pictures and cards. Hopefully I’ll have the right pages left for some brooch making in the new year. Thanks

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  14. I just love these sweet little map ornaments. I have kept coming back to look at them all week. Pinned and sharing! Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party.

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  16. These are cute. Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week.

  17. Liz

    So sweet! I love the map ornament!!

  18. So pretty and a lovely way to upcycle a plain wooden heart. Pinned!

  19. I love the versatility of this idea! Superb 🙂 Thanks for sharing it with us at Funtastic Friday!

  20. What a great idea – and a great way to commemorate a trip! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  21. Love this and love maps, we are addicted to travel, the only problem is I’d hate to cut up any of our maps… I’ll have to keep an eye out for second hand maps for sale! Thanks for sharing @practicalmum link up

    • Thank you, you could always photocopy or scan and print your old maps.

  22. This is gorgeous! I love maps! Pls do share at #practicalmondays too!

  23. So clever and cute! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  24. These are just awesome! I absolutely love them. Great job

  25. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing for the Home Matters Link Party.

  26. Claire you’re so clever and your map style is so cool! I actually have the, how it looks, exact same wooden hearts that I want to change up a bit on the weekend, but with wrapping paper…. I love your idea of making key chains and brooches!!

    • Thank you Katrin. Look forward to seeing your wooden heart transformations.

  27. These are adorable. I have seen lots of these on Etsy but they are really expensive.

  28. I love this idea! I’m actually planning a bridal shower in January and theme is travel, these would be a perfect decoration for it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Sarah Bell
    Trendy & Tidy

  29. GREAT idea. My daughter in Berlin would love this!

  30. As a military family that moves every couple of years, these map decorations would be a lovely way to chronicle our travels. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party.

  31. Just adorable…these would make great stocking stuffers!

  32. Claire, I love your use of maps on everything. It has become y our trademark.

    • Thanks Mary, yes I have a bit of a thing about maps and denim !

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