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 :-)




44 comments:

  1. 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....

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

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  3. WOW!! LOVE them! I can't wait to try this! Thanks for posting the tutorial! :)

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  4. THose are so cute!!!! Well done!!!

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

    Hopping over from WhipperBerry.

    Amanda Joy
    www.joyinthejumble.com

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

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  7. 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. :)

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

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  9. I adore maps - what a great craft!

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  10. These are beautiful. Hope to try them soon.

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  11. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

    Jamie
    day-and-age-design.com

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  16. 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

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

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  18. 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! :-)

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

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  20. Fabulous, fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  21. These are sooo cute!

    Your newest follower,

    abby
    i---create.blogspot.com

    (come follow me?)

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  22. 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

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  23. just gave you a shout out on my blog today!

    humming-right-along.blogspot.com

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  24. 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

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  25. These are lovely! Would make great alternative wedding flowers :)

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  26. 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!

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  27. Oh, these look SO cool! Pinning this now!

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  28. How cute! Now I know what to do with all of my duplicate National Geographic maps! :-)

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

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  30. Love this too! Excited to follow you and see what you have next!
    Jenn :)

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  31. I just made one
    Thank you so much!!

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  32. 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

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  33. Those are awesome. I love the maps as well

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  34. So Pretty Love them all...and the maps are genius and fun :) Happy Blogging

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

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  36. 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

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  37. I made mine with magazine! Turned out super cute.

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  38. 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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