Fun Plant Pot Covers Made From Old Road Maps

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10 Minutes

I love old road maps and have a stash of them at home that I keep for crafting. They are cheap craft paper, that can really add interest to a project. One of the most popular map crafts on my post is my pretty map roses.

This time I decided to make some fun map buckets that I used as plant pot covers. They only took 10 mins to make and are waterproof as well as looking funky.

For this craft, you will need an old road map and some contact paper. I think contact paper in a nice bright color works really well.

The good thing about these map buckets is that they can be made to size. As I was using them to cover a particular plant pot I measured both the height and circumference of the pot I was going to cover.

Make sure you measure the circumference at the widest point.

Add a couple of cm to the measured circumference of your pot and this will be the width of the paper you will need to cut. Double the pot height and use this for the height measurement of your paper.

My plant pot measured 45cm by 15cm, so I cut my map paper and contact paper 47cm by 30cm.

If making these as a gift by using a map of somewhere special to you, you might want to make sure that place is in the center of the road map you cut.

The contact paper is like one big sticker. I stuck it to the back of the map paper off-center so it overlapped at the top by 5mm and 2cm on one side.

I folded over the 5mm contact paper edge.

I then folded over the top edge to create a border with the brightly colored contact paper.

I then used rolled the map into a tube and used the contact paper overlap to secure the map into a tube.

If your contact paper is not very sticky then you may want to use some glue or tape to secure your map.

I then folded up the bottom of the map tube and folded in the paper to form three triangle folds in the base (more photos on the blog).

The folds on the base were secured in place with waterproof duct tape.

I then squashed the map bucket a bit so it looked like a crumpled paper bag.

Then I added my plant. The map covers are surprisingly strong and waterproof because of the contact paper. However, I still placed my plant pot on a saucer inside the map bucket just to make sure.

I love how these turned out I ended up making three of them in different sizes for other plants that need covers. You can see them o my blog link at the end. The map buckets would also make fun storage bins for a craft room or den.

If you have any scrap pieces of road map leftover don't throw them away they can be used to make some fun decorative map moths (see here.

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