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Mappy Christmas Crafts

OS Team • Family activities • Oct 20, 2023 • 5 mins

The countdown is on for Christmas! So get crafty with your old paper maps with these 10 festive ideas on how to repurpose them.

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Don't want to chuck out your old paper maps, but need room on the shelf for new ones?! Put them to good use by creating some mappy Christmas crafts. Make decorations showcasing your favourite places, family crackers that will get everyone talking and a Christmas tree that will last a lifetime - old or damaged OS Paper maps certainly have their uses!

1. Mappy Christmas Tree

The focal point of most homes at Christmas time is the tree. So get folding and be the envy of your neighbours with this mappy masterpiece of a tree! Make yours with this quick guide.

2. Ditch the baubles

There's heaps of different mappy ornaments you could make to adorn your Christmas tree. Map stars, hearts, angels, reindeer, snowflakes, the options are endless! Simply cut some shapes out of maps, mount them onto card, punch a hole in the top and loop some string though and voila!

Here's how Jamie at Splendry made hers.

Globe garlands

Globe garlands. Credit:

3. Globe garlands

Try your hand at origami with these fantastic mappy globe garlands. Fold, flip, repeat and blow to inflate them into cute little globe shapes.

They may look a tad tricky to make, but Poppytalk have a helpful step-by-step guide for you to follow here.

4. Who needs tinsel?

How about replacing your tinsel this year with homemade map bunting? Simply cut out mappy triangles and stick or staple onto a length of ribbon. Great to wind up staircases and brighten up ceilings!

Check out this DIY guide to make your own map bunting.

5. Reach for the stars!

Add the finishing touch to your Christmas decorations at home with these awesome 3D star decorations.

Pillar Box Blue have a free template you can use to make yours here.

6. Make your own cards

Mappy Christmas cards are an easy way to delight friends and family. Make them personal and use the section on the map from where they live, their favourite campsite or bit of the countryside in Britain. Stars, Christmas trees, a snowman or baubles are all easy shapes to cut out for the front of a card. Why not make a crafty morning of it and get the kids involved in making them for the whole family!

Map stars

Map stars. Credit:

7. Get map-wrap happy

Possibly the most simple yet effective idea yet, wrap your Christmas presents in your old paper maps. Rather than ripping the paper off with reckless abandon, you can give the gift of geography before they've even opened up their present.

Map bunting

Map bunting. Credit:

Map wrapped presents

Map wrapping. Credit: Wooden Bee Pinterest

Mappy Christmas Card

Christmas Card. Credit:

8. Give them a tag

Another crafty idea that anyone can put their hand to - simply cut out Christmas-shaped tags from your old maps and Sellotape or string them onto your presents.

9. Decorate the dining table

A bunch of map flowers would make the perfect finishing touch to your Christmas dining table. Even better, borrow or buy a Christmas-themed hole-punch and scatter mappy-snowflakes across the Christmas crockery!

Map flowers

Map flowers

10. Add mappy Christmas crackers

A must-have for every map-lover, your very own handmade mappy Christmas Crackers! And it means you can choose some half-decent trinkets to fill them with too! Thanks to Pillar Box Blue you can find a step-by-step guide of how to make yours here.

Mappy Christmas crackers

Mappy Christmas crackers. Credit:

Mappy Christmas crackers

Mappy Christmas crackers. Credit:

Mappy Christmas crackers

Mappy Christmas crackers. Credit:

Have you got other genius mappy Christmas craft ideas? Share them with us below or on social media, we'd love to see them!

Browse the OS Christmas Shop to find the perfect outdoorsy present. 

Published: Oct 20, 2023 Edited: Nov 09, 2023

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