A Special Personalized Gift Made From Old Maps

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30 Minutes
Maps are lovely to craft with. They are a fantastic way to turn something ordinary into something special and personalized. They can trigger happy memories of places close to our hearts.

As I gift for my husband, I made him a little heart-shaped map of the two places special to us and put it in an IKEA frame I hacked.

These map hearts would make a lovely gift for any couple, on their anniversary or even as a wedding gift. Or even a birthday present.

I used an IKEA Ribba frame a roadmap and a map printed from the internet for this gift.
For me and my husband, our special places are Hong Kong as that is where I was born and bought up. And for my husband, it was Bergen in Norway as that is where his family is from.

I had a Norwegian roadmap, but the Hong Kong map I had to google and print from the internet.

I cut out a heart shape map of each of the places. You can do this either by drawing round a template first or by using a large heart punch like this one.
Cut each of your hearts in half and then stick one half of each map together on a paper background to make one map heart made of the 2 different places.
To prepare the frame. I first spray painted it with gold paint.
Once the gold paint was dry, I smothered vaseline on the bits where I wanted the gold to show through before painting the frame with red chalk paint.

When the chalk paint was dry, I rubbed off the red where the vaseline was so the gold paint could shine through. I then gave the frame a protective wax coat.
I love how the framed heart turned out and my husband loved it too. It makes me smile every time I see it on the wall as it triggers those special memories.

I have also used the heart punch I used for this to make a gorgeous vintage heart map garland which you can see here.
Maps of what special places would you use for your map heart?

Suggested materials:

  • Old road map
  • Ikea ribba frame
  • Gold spray paint
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Claire at Pillarboxblue
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