Make map flowers for a blooming Map Wreath; it’s a great teacher’s gift idea, too

I have another map craft today (did you see the Map Deco Cubes yesterday?) Last week, Patty Schaffer shared her Sweet, Watermelon Wreath and today she shares another gorgeous wreath – the Map Flowers Wreath. You’ll use an old, folding map or atlas to make this Map Flowers Wreath. You could make it personal and use a map from your home state or a map from your summer vacation. Or, make one (or several) as teacher’s gifts to celebrate the start of the new school year.

Map Flower Wreath: Beautiful wreath made with an old map, flower punches and Styrofoam wreath. Tutorial on

To make a Map Flowers Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath, beveled front
  • Ribbon, 1-1/2” x 2 yds.
  • Crystal gems with flat backs
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue dots, regular and mini
  • Tools needed: Scissors; assorted large flower punches; straight pins

To make a Map Flower Wreath:

1. Using the double-sided tape, cover the inside and outside edges of the wreath with ribbon. (You can also use a thick, white craft glue and pin the ribbon in place while the glue dries.)

2. Cut the map into smaller pieces to fit in the paper punches. Punch out assorted flowers from the map.

Beautiful flowers made from an old map. See CraftsnCoffee for the tutorial to make a Map Flowers Wreath. .

Aren’t they pretty? Layer together different flower styles to make each flower.

3. Mix and match the flowers, forming double layered flowers. Use mini glue dots to keep the flower layers together.

4. Arrange the flowers on the wreath, but don’t attach them yet. Carefully and gently push each flower into the foam wreath, forming a small “bowl” to cup the flower. This will give the flowers shape. Attach each flower to the wreath with glue dots.

5. Attach a crystal gem to the center of each flower using a mini glue dot.

Gorgeous! Make this with an old map for a teacher or to remember a special trip.

Beautiful wreath made with an old map, flower punches and Styrofoam wreath.

Map Flower Wreath designed by Patty Schaffer.

For more map crafts, check out the Vintage Map Balls and the Map Ornament.

how to make map crafts with old maps and foam balls

Old World Globes designed by Mary Lynn Maloney

Map Ornament: Decoupage an old map on a Styrofoam ball. Great souvenir!

Around-the-World Map Ornament by Kathleen George

I carefully looked over Patty’s wreath and found my hometown. Do you have a special city, state or even country that you want to commemorate on your Map Flowers Wreath? Or did you travel somewhere special this summer? Tell me about your summer road trip.

Happy crafting.


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9 Responses to Make map flowers for a blooming Map Wreath; it’s a great teacher’s gift idea, too

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  2. Debbie Kaste says:

    So cute! Love this wreath. Wish I had the time to make one.

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks so much for taking the time to stop in, Debbie. Work on it a little at time, and punch out the flowers in the car, in front of the TV, etc. I know I’ve worked on projects for months sometimes before I finish — makes the finish all the sweeter! You can do it! Sharon

  3. LisaM6 says:

    Great Wreath. I was thinking of doing something with Washington, Illinois, Kansas and Denver for my daughter who just left today for college. Now to find some of the maps.

    • Sharon says:

      Are these all of the places you’ve lived, Lisa? So meaningful! All the best to your daughter — what an exciting time for her. I hope her studies and volleyball go well! Sharon

  4. Eileen Hull says:

    I love this idea Sharon! Everyone has maps hanging around and with a Big Shot and flower dies, this could get made quickly!

    • Sharon says:

      Absolutely! Gotta love those time-saving tools — more time for crafting! You can make this wreath to commemorate the Paper Trail, Eileen. Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  5. No road trips here but love this idea!! Going to raid hubby’s glove compartment! LOL Will wait till he is asleep then sneak in like a raccoon and nab them when he least expects it!

    • Sharon says:

      I bet he won’t mind sharing, Barb! You could also pin these flowers onto cones for topiaries, or balls for ornaments. So many ideas . . . Sharon

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