How to Make Map Ornaments and Christmas Decorations

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If you want to lend a geographic touch to your Christmas celebrations, check out these ingenious crafting ideas for making Christmas decorations and ornaments from old and printable maps.

Map Ornaments

Esri’s John Nelson recently posted templates and a how-to guide for creating your own geodesic globe ornament: Make This Geodesic Globe Ornament Please.

Decoupage a Map Ornament

A clear plastic tree ornament, glue, and some old cut up maps can be combined to make a cartographic tree ornament.  Add a Santa’s sleigh stick to the outside for a Christmas touch.  The Gym Craft Laundry blog shows you how: Easy Decoupage Santa’s Sleigh Map Ornament.

How to Make Map Garlands

PillarBoxBlue has instructions on how to repurpose old maps to make a festive map garland: DIY Christmas Map Decorations with Ornaments and Garlands.

Christmas Tree Map Cones

Glue some old maps around foam cylinders to make Christmas tree map cones.  Add a star on top to complete the Christmas look for these tabletop decorations. The Magia Mia blog showcases how to make one: Atlas Christmas Tree.

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