5 DIY Projects to Use Your Old Maps
Welcome to Make It By Monday, GOOD's weekly DIY feature in which we curate, demystify, and add our own tips for craft projects from around the web (and our apartments). This week: Take your old maps in a new direction.
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This week, I give you my mad-dash Save-the-Date cards for my upcoming wedding in Italy. I wanted to incorporate a map of Florence into the cards, but not in an obvious or cheesy way. To tone it down a bit, I used the map to construct the envelopes instead of the cards. I love the way they surprise the receiver, who can see the geography of Florence after opening what looks like a plain white envelope.
These were fairly easy to make thanks to an envelope template I downloaded. I just cut out the maps, folded them with a bone folder, added a string and button enclosure with an eyelet punch, and sent them off. Click through for four more projects that utilize maps in unconventional ways.
I first discovered the craft potential of pinwheels when a friend's partner filled her garden with them to tell her he was surprising her with a vacation. But pinwheels, like these map pinwheels from Bow Ties and Bliss, don't need a sensational excuse. Make an army of pinwheels to spruce up your front yard or window box. Or get nostalgic: Collect a map from every place you visit, make a pinwheel from each, and put your neighbor's collection of spoons from international cities to shame.
This woven map basket from Make Projects can make for an uncommon and useful souvenir—especially if you make it using old subway maps, taking the owner back to the first time they rode the London Tube or the Boston T. Next time you're on vacation, don't stop at a local trinket shop—just pick up some (often free!) maps of the area and make a basket or two.