How To Make Paper Rosettes Decorations From Old Maps

Repurposed Map Rosettes for Christmas Decorations, Ornaments, and Present Toppers

If you look at many old roadmaps they are often printed in Christmassy colours (white, red and green)!. The backgrounds are white, forests and open spaces are green and major roads are printed in red. That’s one of the reasons I decided to use them to make some Christmas paper rosettes.

What I love about these map paper rosettes is that they can be made in a variety of sizes and used in a variety of ways. They look great hung together in clump as a wall or door decoration. Hung individually on the Christmas tree as lovely ornaments. Or you can simply stick a map paper rosette to the top of a gift as a beautiful decoration. If you use maps of special places than that will make the decorations even more personal and special.

These paper rosettes are so affordable too! All you need is a hot glue gun, old buttons, and some old road maps. If you don’t have any old road maps to hand you can pick them up really cheaply in charity and thrift stores. Buying old road maps to use in crafts is very economical as they are often cheaper than gift wrap or craft paper.

DIY map paper rosettes

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What you need to make Map paper Rosettes

    • Old road maps – If you don’t have any, I find elderly relatives often have a stash they are willing to part with. Or try your local charity and thrift stores.

Old road maps

How to make Map paper rosettes

    1. The first thing you need to do is to work out how large you would like your paper rosette. I made mine in a variety of sizes. Depending on how large you want the paper rosette will depend on how long a strip of paper you will need. Basically, the length of paper needs to be five times the width.

      To make a map paper rosette that is 10cm in diameter (5cm radius), you will need 2 stips of map paper 5cm wide and 25cm long. So to make a paper rosette 8cm in diameter, you will need two strips of map paper 4cm wide by 20cm long.

    1. To ensure a nice straight edge use a metal ruler, mat and rotary cutter to cut the stips of map paper. Cut 2 strips of paper for each paper rosette.

Cutting up road maps

    1. Next, concertina fold each map stip. The folds should be between 7-10mm apart.

Concertina folding maps

  1. Next, fold each strip of concertina map strips round into a semi-circle shape. Use a hot glue gun to hold this shape in place. If the map paper you have used is a bit stiff sometimes it helps to glue a strip of paper across the semi-circle to help it keep the shape. (Careful when using a hot glue gun, they glue burns if touched with the naked skin.)

    Making a map paper rosette

  2. You should end up with two map semi circles. Again using the hot glue gun glue the two semi-circles together to make a paper rosette. Finally, finish off and tidy up the paper rosette by gluing a button or craft gem to the center.

    Finishing map paper rosette ornaments

    I made lots of these paper rosettes in different sizes using different roadmaps.

    Upcycled road map rosettes

    As I mentioned at the beginning there are several different ways to use these Christmas map paper rosettes. They look great hung from velvet ribbon as ornaments on a tree. A few paper rosettes of different sizes hung together to make a fabulous wall decoration. Or you can simply use the map rosettes as a gift topper. The gift recipient could then hang them on their tree, it would be like a present in itself.

    Road map rosette ornament tutorial

    Hanging upcycled road map rosettes as a Christmas door decoration

    Map paper rosette gift topper

    Assortment of map paper rosettes

    If you are looking for other Christmas ideas for upcycling with roadmaps you should check out these crafts.
    DIY heart map ornament
    Vintage Map Heart Garland
    Repurposed map decorations
    Repurposed Wood Map Ornaments
    Beautiful Map Roses

    For more paper home decoration craft ideas visit

    upcycled road map rosettes various

22 Responses

  1. make a few small ones put a magnet on back for holding notes on fridge. rena

  2. Now these would be something very different to top a present or decorate your house. Thank you for adding this post to #GoingGreen and I hope you enjoy some of of the other posts that are linked up.

  3. What a lovely idea and so easy to make. They are perfect to embellish a gift :).

    • Thank you. I’ve been wrapping my Christmas presents today and have stuck a few on astoppers.

  4. These are simply stunning. I am always on the lookout for old maps and atlases when I’m out at the thrift shops or garage sales. There is always something cute to make from them. I love what you have done here. I most definitely will be copying you for a roadmap rosette garland for my mantel! Love them!

  5. These are lovely, I like how full they are as you did them in 2 halves, if you know what I mean.

  6. Beautiful! I love maps and geography. These would also be lovely lace-edged fans or fan ornaments.

  7. Love these, Claire! I love them en masse:) And would love to make a whole variety of sizes together for a party! Pinned!

  8. I love this idea, Claire! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinned!

  9. These are so lovely. Definitely going to have a go at them. Gorgeous!

    • Thank you. They are addictive to make, I have made loads in different sizes. I gave a couple to a friend today as gift topper and she loved them.

  10. These are adorable! I have a skinny tree for my vintage motorhome, I’m going to make a few of these for that tree!


    • Thank you, Tania. I’m sure they will look lovely on your tree.

  11. This is such a cute idea!

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