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DIY Sunday: Map Bunting

Written by 15 April 2012 One Comment

In the last few weeks we’ve given you the opportunity to win some beautifully illustrated maps and shared with you some of the most beautiful creations using maps, it’s safe to say that we are fairly map-obsessed bunch us Travelettes. So when I saw an old 1998 UK Road Atlas destined for the recycling bin in my parents’ house, it pulled at my heart strings enough for me to swiftly liberate it and get creative.

Map Bunting Collection1 DIY Sunday: Map Bunting

This map bunting will take minutes to make but can be enjoyed for as long as required. I hung mine above my dressing table opposite my bed as I dreamed and counted down to hitting the road again. It’s a nice way to feel connected.

Materials Map Bunting 600x393 DIY Sunday: Map Bunting

All you need is some string or wool (I used some left over sky blue yarn), a good multi-purpose adhesive, scissors and your out of date map or road atlas that you’re happy to cut up. Perhaps also have a cup of your favourite tea ready. Now follow these steps;

Road Atlas close up DIY Sunday: Map Bunting

Flick through the atlas or search the map for some of your favourite places. I loved finding towns that meant something to me; where I was born, where I went to University, where I went on holiday with my girls, where I used to live.

Cutting out map bunting DIY Sunday: Map Bunting

Mark out and cut out your bunting triangles (I measured and cut out a triangle from an old cereal box to use as a guide). I also used pinking scissors to give the zig zag effect, which I think looks a bit more interesting that straight edged scissors.

Glue Bunting DIY Sunday: Map Bunting

Place your triangles equi-distant apart and glue to your string or wool. This part could get nice and messy so don’t do on your finest wood dinner table or just after you’ve had a manicure.

Map Bunting 600x399 DIY Sunday: Map Bunting

After letting it dry, find somewhere to hang your map bunting and begin dreaming about travels past, present and future!

Close Up Map Bunting London DIY Sunday: Map Bunting

I love the idea of making an ongoing bunting chain with maps of all the places I’ve been, the only problem is I’d like to keep the maps too, in case I return…

pixel DIY Sunday: Map Bunting




One Comment »

  • Tina C said:

    In response to your last dilemma, you could make color copies of the pages you wanted as bunting and cut the copies up — that way you could have your original map intact and a great piece of personal art!

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