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Map Folded Flowers PLUS Tutorial

Hi Everyone
I have had three people ask me in the last week how I made these flowers so I thought I would share again! These old maps are beautiful and came from my MIL’s second-hand bookshop. They had been there for ages and weren’t in great condition so I decided to recycle them into decorations for the shop! You can easily see the progression in map-styles…

I actually thought the differences so obvious in the maps would be reflected in the flowers – but they weren’t really – probably because I was a little tentative about cutting right into the middle, “business end” of the maps!


These maps are made out of the most beautiful paper. Crisp, thin but very strong – perfect for folding!
The index portion of one of the maps had some wonderful plain black and white text – so I made one of of that too (bottom left in the pic below)
To mount them I hot glued them onto a lightweight bamboo skewer pressed lightly between the joins of the petals – as long as you hold it firm until the glue dries they will be pretty solid

I wrapped some map paper inside a mason jar and placed a lump of old play-dough in the bottom to insert the skewers into the vase!

Tutorial

Hopefully these instructions are clear – note I have used hot glue to stick these as I find it very strong and you only need the smallest amount as the map paper is very lightweight.

Lowri πŸ™‚

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44 Comments

  • Reply Diana June 30, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    These look fabulous…I'm a little distressed over the old Timaru map being recycled though, it would have bee interesting to see! Now, if I could figure out how to pin this, I would….

  • Reply Judy Bagwell June 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Love this idea!

  • Reply WillieburgScrapper June 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    OOO love those! The map prints are gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial- into my pin board it goes!

  • Reply Ami w/AliLilly July 1, 2011 at 5:49 AM

    WOW!! LOVE them! I can't wait to try this! Thanks for posting the tutorial! πŸ™‚

  • Reply elizabeth July 1, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    THose are so cute!!!! Well done!!!

  • Reply Amanda Joy July 1, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    These look amazing! I am going to pin these so that I can make them soon:)

    Hopping over from WhipperBerry.

    Amanda Joy
    http://www.joyinthejumble.com

  • Reply Tabitha@InspiredByGiving July 1, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    This is just so pretty! I love this! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Erin July 2, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    These are so cute and clever! I've seen paper flowers made out of other repurposed paper (sheet music, letters, books, etc.) but never maps! Agreed that the perfect folding paper needs to be crisp, thin, AND strong…I've had some paper flowers fall apart on me mid-fold. πŸ™‚

  • Reply angie @ the cellar door stories July 2, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    i love these! great job!

  • Reply trophyw.blogspot.com July 2, 2011 at 12:45 AM

    I love paper flowers and will be trying these. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Debbie July 2, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    I adore maps – what a great craft!

  • Reply Kara July 2, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    These are beautiful. Hope to try them soon.

  • Reply Miss Charming July 2, 2011 at 4:22 AM

    Wonderful craft idea!

  • Reply junescott July 2, 2011 at 3:29 PM

    These are beautiful, Lowri! I clicked over from TT&J and am excited to find your blog – I love working with paper! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Madigan at madiganmade July 2, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    So pretty and clever! I'm loving projects with maps lately.

  • Reply lacey July 3, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    cute cute cute! i'm in true love with maps. what a great new use!

  • Reply Laura@Corner House July 3, 2011 at 4:08 AM

    These are so cute!!! I featured them on my blog last night. Feel free to stop by and grab a button.

  • Reply Jamie July 3, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    These are so pretty! I adore flowers. Found your blog from the t & j link party and became a new follower. πŸ™‚

    I would love for you to stop by my link party today and share your beautiful project!

    Jamie
    day-and-age-design.com

  • Reply Sandy Ang July 4, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Those maps turned out as such a lovely bouquet. Hope you link them up to my travel challenge http://angsandy.blogspot.com/2011/06/sandys-challenge-4.html

  • Reply Paula July 4, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Neat project! Your step-by-step directions make this doable for me.

  • Reply Rachel July 4, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    I just hopped over from The Girl Creative, and I love these flowers! What a great idea to use old maps to make them. So cute! I'm a new follower and can't wait to see more! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Aubree July 4, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    WOW! These are gorgeous! They are "pinned" to my to-do list!

  • Reply Shellye July 4, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Fabulous, fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Reply Abby July 4, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    These are sooo cute!

    Your newest follower,

    abby
    i—create.blogspot.com

    (come follow me?)

  • Reply Jill July 5, 2011 at 4:26 AM

    These flowers look adorable! Thanks for sharing how to make them!

    I would love if you came over and linked this project to my weekly Round Tuit party at:
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  • Reply lacey July 5, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    just gave you a shout out on my blog today!

    humming-right-along.blogspot.com

  • Reply Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy July 5, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    SO AWESOME! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/07/tuesday-confessional-link-up-2.html. I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy from Confessions of a SAHM

  • Reply Miss Pixie July 6, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    These are lovely! Would make great alternative wedding flowers πŸ™‚

  • Reply Crystal July 6, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    i've made & done a tutorial on these flowers before too…they are so fun & i love the look of them. great for soooo many projects & yours are so GORGEOUS! so excited to be on the PI Creative Team with you…big hugs!

  • Reply Korrie@RedHenHome July 7, 2011 at 3:38 AM

    Oh, these look SO cool! Pinning this now!

  • Reply Cranberry Morning July 8, 2011 at 10:10 PM

    How cute! Now I know what to do with all of my duplicate National Geographic maps! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Liz July 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Fab flowers! I have a few old maps lying around too…!

  • Reply Janna Werner July 13, 2011 at 7:19 AM

    These are gorgeous!

  • Reply HI THERE! July 15, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Love this too! Excited to follow you and see what you have next!
    Jenn πŸ™‚

  • Reply ally July 22, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    I just made one
    Thank you so much!!

  • Reply Neja July 25, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Hallo Lowri, I inform you that I'll use your photo and this link for my next post on my blog. Congratulation for your works, they are all beautiful!!!
    Smiles, Neja

  • Reply youngwifey December 31, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    adorable!

  • Reply Laurel December 31, 2011 at 2:07 AM

    Those are awesome. I love the maps as well

  • Reply ReMadeSimple Kristina December 31, 2011 at 4:36 AM

    So Pretty Love them all…and the maps are genius and fun πŸ™‚ Happy Blogging

  • Reply Kristina Baldwin February 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Love these…it's a fun new twist on making paper flowers. I'll definitely be trying these!

  • Reply samrala March 29, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    These are so adorable.I've seen papers blossoms created out of other repurposed papers,Decided that the best foldable papers needs to be decoration for marriage and others so keep posting on paper craft and paper flowers

  • Reply Joseph May 8, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Do you make flowers cards and do you have any designs?
    Gift Card printing
    Scratch Cards
    Printed Gift Cards

  • Reply Amber November 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    I made mine with magazine! Turned out super cute.

  • Reply Kathleen Denta January 21, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Great tutorial, Lowri!
    I followed along and made my own paper flowers from old Disney maps.
    I linked this post & an image of your finished flowers on my blog.
    http://www.katiedenta.com/2013/01/21/diy-repurposed-walt-disney-world-maps-into-paper-flowers/

    Thanks for the awesome tutorial!
    – Katie

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