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Gorgeous Map Roses

By: Claire Armstrong from
Gorgeous Map Roses
Gorgeous Map Roses
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"I love real flowers, but unfortunately they eventually wilt and die. Therefore, I decided I would make some everlasting flowers to decorate my home with. A great way to personalize your crafts and add interest is to use maps. I decided that it would be fun to make my everlasting roses out of old maps. I love how they turned out. The Gorgeous Map Roses look lovely together as a bunch or on their own. They would make a great Mother's Day present. A single map rose also makes a beautiful gift topper."

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueGeneral Paper Crafting

Type of Paper UsedScrapbook Paper


Materials List

  • Old maps
  • Floristry wire and tape
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
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I really love these paper roses but like most people I just used regular paper. I have never considered making them from maps. The color addition is just perfect. I am wondering how a bunch of these will look on a wreath? I think with a multicolored bow it would be gorgeous.

They are truly gorgeous and they are inexpensive. This is the second use for old maps that I love because they look so vintage and they reuse something. These roses are made the same way you would make paper roses but these have a dash of colour along the petal tips to give them that edge. You can use glitter or rhinestones on yours but these roses will last long.

My daughter made these in black and white, and they were pretty, but I really love the look of the colors that using a map gives! I could see gluing some tiny sequins or tiny glass beads here and there for some dew drops! My friend's daughter had a travel theme for her wedding and these map flowers would have fit in well with that theme! Thanks for a great idea!

I've never seen a DIY floral craft quite like these map roses. A very original idea! It gives a vintage country cottage look that can be mixed into modern decor easily. Imagine adding a different color paint to color your roses perhaps a pale blue/turquoise. You could also tie a grosgrain ribbon around the stem to coordinate with the roses.

These are really pretty. As a former florist shop owner I'm critical of flower crafts. I like the shape and appearance of the blossoms. I think this would be a great project using maps from trips a person has taken. It could be fun to make a bouquet to let someone know you are taking a trip to the area that is on the maps included. What a fun surprise for a loved one.

I saw this at the perfect time. I traded my car in and before loading the stuff into the new car I cleaned it out. I found three or four maps in the old car. All really old. I put them nto the stack of paper to be recycled. Now I can make something with them and recycle them myself. They would be great on the shelf in the bathroom with a solid room freshener in rose scent right behind it.


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