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.
Repurposed Map Rosettes for Christmas Decorations, Ornaments, and Present Toppers
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.
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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.
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 the 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.
To ensure a nice straight edge use a metal ruler, mat and rotary cutter to cut the strips of map paper. Cut 2 strips of paper for each paper rosette.
2. Next, concertina fold (like you would for a fan), each map strip. The folds should be between 7-10mm apart.
3. 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.
Top Tip: 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.)
4. 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 glueing a button or craft gem to the centre.
5. I made lots of these paper rosettes in different sizes using different roadmaps.
Now that you have made the map rosettes there are several different ways to use them. If made with Christmas map paper, simply add some red velvet ribbon and hang them as ornaments from the Christmas tree.
One of my favourite ways to use them is to hang a cluster of them as wall decorations. For this use, upcycled map paper rosettes in different sizes hung from ribbons in different lengths. This is not the only way I’ve used maps as a door wreath, I’ve also made an autumn leaf map door wreath.
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.
Old road maps are a favourite of mine to upcycle especially into decorations and gifts as they can be personalized. I’ve made map heart ornaments and vintage map heart garlands for both Christmas and Valentine’s.
Other upcycled map Christmas decorations include wooden map ornaments, road map paper Christmas trees and road map Christmas crackers. My personal favourite though is the cute cotton reel map ornaments I made.
I’ve even used the road maps to upcycle old Christmas cookie tins. However, my beautiful map roses are for all year round and not just Christmas. Old road maps can also be easily repurposed into some cool personalized map art.