This vintage map heart garland is basically an update of the repurposed map decorations I made for my home over Christmas.
I can’t get enough of decorating my home with vintage maps. I thought it would be fun to make a heart garland out of old maps for Valentine’s day.
Valentine’s day is a special day in our home. Not because we are soppy romantics. I don’t really go in for all the going out for a romantic meal etc. I know I’ve already mentioned it (sorry) with my “Heart String Lights” but it is actually my Birthday then.
So it’s kind of fun to have a few decorations around. This year it’s a milestone birthday! I won’t tell you which one, but you can probably work it out.
Decorate Your Home With A Vintage Map Heart Garland
Another great reason for making this map heart garland was that it enabled me to play with one of my Christmas presents, an extra-large heart punch. Which I also used to make my fabulous watercolor heart wall decoration.
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What you need to make a Map Heart Garland
- Vintage road maps – If you don’t have any thrift store and eBay are great places to find them.
- Extra large heart punch
- Red twine/string
- Pritt Glue Stick
How to Make A Heart Garland
1.. The heart punch is what makes this craft so easy. You could, of course, cut out individual hearts by hand but that would take forever and it would be hard to get them all exactly the same.
Punch out lots of heart shapes from your vintage map. You will need six for each map ornament. Then multiply that by how long you want the heart garland to be.
You can make this garland extra special by using maps of places that are special to you.
2. Next, when you have punched all the hearts you need, fold each one in half. Fold down the centerline to the tip of the map heart.
If the maps are only printed on one side, make sure the print is on the inside of the folded heart shapes.
3. Next, using the glue stick, cover the outside half of one heart and stick it to the outside heart of another. Carry on until all six folded hearts are stacked on top of one another.
4. Next, open out the 3d map heart, and cover both end bits in glue. Before gluing the 2 ends together, place the red twine in the middle.
5. Carry on sticking all the map hearts to the twine. Making sure they are evenly spaced.
It really is that simple! I’ve made two one for the kitchen and another for the mantle in the living room.
I’ve also made map paper Christmas trees as well using a method similar to these map heart garlands. That time though the maps were cut into a Christmas tree shape rather than hearts.
If maps aren’t your thing then you can use this method to make paper heart garlands out of other kinds of paper. Valentine’s printed craft paper would work or even upcycle old Valentine’s cards to make the garland.
There is a free collection of vintage Happy Valentine’s cards and images to print here.
If you love vintage maps as much as I do, you should check out all my other map crafts and DIYs. They include more map themed Valentine crafts such as my beautiful map roses, map treat bags and map ornaments.
How about framing a personalized map heart as Valentine’s gift?
You might want to check out these pinecone flower heart decorations too.