January 23, 2018

7 Kid-Friendly Crafts You Can Make from Travel Maps

map coasters

Map Coasters

In the age of smartphones and in-car GPS devices, who really uses maps anymore? Of course, I have some maps tucked away in a closet and in the glove box of my car, but I haven’t actually opened them and used them to get me from Point A to Point B.

Before you grab the maps and head for the recycling bin, here are seven kid-friendly crafts that you can make. These are simple and easy ways to preserve your fun family vacation memories.

Map Coasters: Grab a map, some round cork coasters, a foam paintbrush and some glue sealant, and in a few minutes you’ll have a full set of map coasters. Subway maps work great for coasters, too.

wrapping paper

Wrapping Paper

Wrapping Paper: Taking a road trip? Along the way, pick up fun souvenirs, then wrap them in the maps you would have used along the way.

Shadow Boxes: Remove the back of a shadow box frame. Cut the map from a place you just visited to fit and glue it in. Then, add in souvenirs, like postcards, currency and attraction tickets.

Holiday Ornament: Grab a Styrofoam ball and an old map and get ready to decoupage yourself a holiday ornament. It’s a fun way to recall your vacation memories year-after-year.

Embroidery Hoop Frames

Embroidery Hoop Frames

Scrapbooking Pages: If you like to scrapbook, then use a map for a pretty background page in your album. Glue photos, brochures, even menus, on top of the pages.

Embroidery Hoop Frames: Frame a map in an embroidery hoop. These are super-easy to make and make great decorations for hanging or setting on shelves.

Wooden Blocks: If you have little ones, you probably have a set of wooden blocks laying around. So, take a map and cut out new squares to cover the sides of the blocks for a whole new look.

Have you ever made a craft from a map? Let me know what you made. I’d love to hear more ideas.

Photo Credits: MarthaStewart.com (map coasters), Green Living Ideas (wrapping paper), Travelpology (embroidery frames)


  1. Rachael says:

    These are awesome! We collect ornaments from our travels but forgot to pick one up in Jamaica. Now I can make one with a map–brilliant! Pinning now to try later. 🙂

  2. Joann McCraw says:

    These are great ideas! I also have lots of maps in my drawers and in my car comparment that i haven’t used for i long time. I think i’ll choose to make mine as coasters or as shadow boxes. This can be a very great idea. Thanks for sharing this. Will surely bear this information in mind.

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