Map Mementos

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

Maps — road, theme park, city, etc. — are a key part of any vacation. And they’re not useful just while you’re in the thick of the trip. Save those maps, bring them home in your suitcase, and repurpose them in a whole new way via the quick, easy, and fun crafting projects below. Minus the required drying time, it will take you only 10 to 15 minutes to complete each project. All supplies can be purchased at any major craft store.

Map Medallion Necklace

Supplies

Metal pendant that includes clear epoxy sticker/cover

X-Acto knife

Mod Podge

E6000 craft adhesive

Disposable sponge craft brush

Map

Directions

• Use template on metal pendant package to trace and cut section of map you want to place in the pendant.

• Take map section and Mod Podge side you want facing out.

• Take clear epoxy sticker/cover and place it on top of map. Let dry. Flip over and Mod Podge back of map. Let dry.

• Add tiny amount of E6000 to inside of pendant. Place map in pendant, press down to distribute adhesive.

• Add cord or chain to complete.

Locket

Supplies

Clear locket

Protractor

Map

X-Acto knife

Disposable sponge craft brush

Directions

• Cut map to fit inside of locket. Use a protractor to measure area if template is not included with locket.

• Place tiny amount of E6000 to inside of pendant.

• Place map in pendant; press down to distribute the glue.

• Place charm, memento, or other item to sit freely atop map and float inside pendant.

Luggage Tags

Supplies

Precut wood tags

Maps

Mod Podge

Reinforcements (self-adhesive

circles, such as those you would use on three-ring binder paper)

X-Acto knife

Ribbon

Disposable sponge

craft brush

Directions

• Mod Podge one side of tag and edges.

• Place wet side down on map.

• Mod Podge opposite side, then fold map up and over. Press to seal around edges.

• Cut excess map away from tag, then let dry.

• Once dry, Mod Podge entire tag once more to seal. Let dry.

• Cut through hole at head of tag.

• Place reinforcements on each side of the hole.

• To personalize, write or print out your name and address and affix to tag with Mod Podge. Let dry.

• Mod Podge entire tag once more. Let dry, then add ribbon.

Frame

Supplies

Frame (size of your choice) with mat or mat for existing frame.

Map of destination (road map, tourist map, etc.)

Mod Podge

X-Acto knife

Disposable sponge craft brush

Directions

• Lay map flat, wrong side up.

• Mod Podge mat and place wet side on map. Let dry.

• Cut around perimeter, then inside, of mat.

• Flip over mat and Mod Podge the map side. Let dry and place in frame.