Wednesday, July 04, 2012

DIY Map Gift Bag

  It's not always easy wrapping a grad gift or a dad gift. Masculine wrappings often leave much to be desired. Usually it comes down to a gift bag festooned with fishing tackle or striped wrapping paper. The options are normally pretty limited. 

  Until now. 

  Have I got a solution for you! Enter your new best friend... old maps.

  You can simply wrap a box with a map which would be perfectly acceptable, or you can kick it up a notch by creating your very own customized gift bag.

  All you need is:
  • a blank bag
  • a map
  • a strip of cardstock in a complimentary colour
  • 2 brads to fasten the pinwheel centres 
  • glue

I used this template for the pinwheels.

Cut on the lines. Punch holes on the dots. Fold the dots to the middle & fasten with a brad.

  How great are these pinwheels? They add a little fun touch to what could be a stuffy-looking gift.

They may not, however, be for everyone. Totally cool. Just leave them off & do the strips of map paper on the sides of the bag. 


My work here is done. ;)


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  1. That is such a cool idea Steph! I love the pinwheels. I think this would translate well to a lot of other gifts too and it'd be a great way to use up all of my paper scraps.

  2. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog!! I so appreciate it! I love the idea of using a map to decorate a cool!

  3. Seaweed & RaineFriday, July 06, 2012

    Another totally cool idea using maps. Love. :)

  4. What a cute idea!

  5. That turned out really cute! I've never thought of using old maps, I have used newpaper and comics though.

  6. Stacey of Embracing ChangeMonday, July 09, 2012

    I love this idea - so cute and creative Steph!
    Thanks for sharing - Stavcey of Embracing Change

  7. Beth @ Aunt B's KitchenMonday, July 09, 2012

    Nice projects. I love old maps too. :) Thank you for sharing this.

  8. Steph! This is AWESOME!!! Very original!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality :)

  9. This gift bag is way too cute! I am now
    following you on linky and GFC. I would love for you to visit, follow
    back and maybe even link up on my Monday linky party.


    Marcie @

  10. Oh my CUTE! Featuring you on Saturday! XO, Aimee

  11. Tooo cute! love your blog. Im a new follower as well!

  12. Toqua's CraftsFriday, July 13, 2012

    Too Cute! I made a pinwheel wreath earlier this year that I have hanging on my front door. I *LOVE* it! I really enjoy pinwheels. You using pinwheels to decorate this bag is a GREAT idea!

  13. That is a BEAUTIFUL gift bag.


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