Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holiday Map Ornaments: A Tutorial

Every year I like to make an ornament (or 2) for my Christmas tree. This year, since I've been really into cartography and maps, I made two ornaments using maps. Not only did they turn out awesome but they really fit with the sort of travel/global theme of my tree. I made two, one with a map of my home town and the other from a map of the town where my husband is from--though you could use any map, really. Now I want to do a whole series of everyplace we've lived!

First, I got plain round ornaments at my local craft store. Then, I sent away for state maps from the states were my husband and I are from.

When they arrived, I cut them into thin strips and pieced the map back together on the ornament (I had to cut them into strips so they would lay nicely on the round ornament). I used Modge-Podge and glue to adhere the map-strips I glued the strips from the top of the ornament all the way around until both ends met.

After it was covered by the map, I glued a little sequin to mark the town or street that was most important. I also added a thin dusting a glitter to add some holiday sparkle (and because I'm partial to glitter). I also sprayed the ornaments with a clear gloss to add shine and protection.

I love these because they include my love of maps and travel and are also really personal (can you say that about the generic tube of glass bulbs you got at Target?)