Life Love Larson: DIY Map Ornament


Monday, January 7, 2013

DIY Map Ornament

I am sure you are so over Christmas posts, but I have to get these done!  Better late than never, right!?  I hosted a little neighborhood get together in December and we decided to do an ornament exchange.  Of course, I wanted to try something new!  I saw an image on Pinterest of a map ornament, and decided to give it a try. 
ornament 2

You will need a clear glass ornament for your base.  I purchased a 4-pack of 4” ornaments at Hobby Lobby for $4.  I found a map of Kansas City at a local grocery store for $2, but these can also be found at gas stations or Walmart (or you might have one in your glove box!).  You will also need Mod Podge and ribbon of your choice (both of these I already had).
ornament 1
First, remove the hanger.  The little hole is a great place to hold the ornament while you are applying the map.  Next, cut your map into small pieces in random order.  I made sure to keep the surrounding city names in one piece so they would be visible on the ornament.
Using a small paint brush, start adding layers of Mod Podge and pieces of map on top of each other in random order.  I tried to mix up the colors and made sure not to cover up any of the city names.
Because you are working with a circle, you will need to use your finger to flatten out certain spots that are bubbling.  Press lightly until flat, and it will not ruin your map.  Make sure you seal the top of the map once it is place with another layer of Mod Podge.  You don’t want to get the surface too wet, or the paper will start to tear.  Once completely covered, let the ornament dry over night (set up on the top hole).
Reinsert the hanger and add a festive ribbon and you have a custom ornament! 
I decided to use up the other 3 ornaments I had and make more for the kid’s preschool teacher gifts.  One of the teachers asked me where I purchased the ornament so she could tell her friends!  She couldn’t believe it was homemade (and don’t tell her it cost me $3 to make)!  I also took my own advice and dressed up some plain bags with some tissue paper poms.
gift 1
I love the idea of a map ornament because it is personal (hometown), but neutral in terms of color, gender, taste level.  I wish I had one of these for every state we have lived in!
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  1. I love this! Such a cute idea!
    I'd love for you to share this at my link party!


  2. These are so cool! What a great gift idea! Thanks for linking up to the "Get Your DIY On" link up party! Bring your handmade project on Sunday! :)

  3. I love this idea, Andrea! This would be great too to make with loved one's birthplaces! I'll be featuring this at tomorrow night's Get Your DIY on party. :)