If you want to lend a geographic touch to your Christmas celebrations, check out these ingenious crafting ideas for making Christmas decorations and ornaments from old and printable maps.
Esri’s John Nelson recently posted templates and a how-to guide for creating your own geodesic globe ornament: Make This Geodesic Globe Ornament Please.
Decoupage a Map Ornament
A clear plastic tree ornament, glue, and some old cut up maps can be combined to make a cartographic tree ornament. Add a Santa’s sleigh stick to the outside for a Christmas touch. The Gym Craft Laundry blog shows you how: Easy Decoupage Santa’s Sleigh Map Ornament.
How to Make Map Garlands
PillarBoxBlue has instructions on how to repurpose old maps to make a festive map garland: DIY Christmas Map Decorations with Ornaments and Garlands.
Christmas Tree Map Cones
Glue some old maps around foam cylinders to make Christmas tree map cones. Add a star on top to complete the Christmas look for these tabletop decorations. The Magia Mia blog showcases how to make one: Atlas Christmas Tree.