Map Ball Ornaments

Are you enjoying Ornament Day so far? Let’s see….if you have missed any here is a recap: Sheet Music Ball OrnamentsVintage Tin Mold Music OrnamentsGerman Book Ball Ornaments, and Vintage Tin Mold German Ornaments.
I had a stack of leftover vintage maps from my son’s map dresser project and I LOVE to stash bust, especially this time of year! I decided that using them to make Map Ornaments would be a fabulous idea!
I love how each ornament is different and unique, with different colors and destinations. You can’t help but look at each one and try to spot familiar locations. My husband was trying to spot all the military bases, surprise surprise!
You can find a map of your hometown, where you live now, where you got married, or any other special destination. They would make a great gift for newlyweds, neighbors that are new to the area, or for a military family!
Linking up to these great link parties!!!

Comments

  1. These are awesome…I love the map idea! 🙂

  2. Great idea! I’ll be pinning this!

  3. Love this! I saw something similar on Pinterest last night. I like yours better. I may give it a try.

  4. I love the maps. what a clever idea

  5. So… I’m assuming you used mod podge for these? Did I miss the tutorial? 🙂 Very cute!!!

  6. So cute!

  7. I love these! I’m a huge lover of maps and globes. I’m an Army brat, Army sibling, former Soldier and my husband is in the Army and currently deployed. I think I’ll have to make some of these! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Nice!

  9. Oh wow, that’s SUCH a neat idea! I’ve made the sheet music balls before, but never thought to use a map! So clever! I love all of the ornaments you’ve featured…would you share some or all of them here at my party? Pleeease?

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/12/shine-on-fridays-6-and-some-fabulous.html

  10. Never seen Map Ornaments! So cool!!!

  11. I love them! 🙂

  12. So simple yet so pretty! Would love love love for you to share this at our party going on now http://space46.blogspot.com/2011/12/co-hosting-pinteresting-link-party-week.html. Happy holiday! My

  13. Oh, maps are such a great idea. I love that they can be personalized for where people have lived or visited. Thanks for sharing!

  14. That’s cool. But how do I make them?

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  16. i LOVE this idea… one of my favorite map ideas yet. Yours look amazing- you did such a great job making them not bumpy or wrinkly… something I find hard not to do when mod podging paper to anything round. Thanks so much for sharing!

  17. So cute and clever! Consider sharing with my readers at http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2011/12/sasss-sunday-salvation-show-5.html. Merry, merry!

  18. I love this idea! I would use the part of the map that shows lots of sea!

  19. This is definitely my favorite of your ornaments! I LOVE Mod Podge map projects.

  20. This is such a fabulous idea! I might make one tomorrow! Found you from Home Stories A to Z. Your blog is beautiful. Merry Christmas…

  21. I these for my daughter & her boyfriend for Christmas. They seemed to really like them. I used Pittsburgh/western PA for my daughter’s since that is where she was born & raised; for her boyfriend’s I used Charlotte NC area, where he grew up. I’m planning to make these for my son & dil, with the areas of the country they have lived in, since they are a military family. Thanks for such a great idea!

  22. Anonymous says:

    These are great and I’d really like to make them for Christmas, but how do you make them? What materials do you need and what are the steps?

    • I didn’t make a tutorial for these last year, as I was selling the ornaments. But I have had so many questions about them, I will be doing a tutorial for them this year! So stay tuned!

  23. How do you do this? Want to give to friend and her man for christmas tree? Any balls you recommend and what’s mod?

  24. Love to do this…how? Any special ornaments you recommend???

  25. How do you do this? Want to give to friend and her man for christmas tree? Any balls you recommend and what’s mod?

  26. How do you do this? Want to give to friend and her man for christmas tree? Any balls you recommend and what’s mod?

    • I didn’t make a tutorial for these last year, as I was selling the ornaments. But I have had so many questions about them, I will be doing a tutorial for them this year! So stay tuned!

  27. Anonymous says:

    where can we find the directions on how to complete this project?

  28. Can’t wait for the tutorial! My SIL and her family traveled to the South of France this year and this would be a cool way to commemorate the trip!

  29. Looking forward to the tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing.

  30. How do you adjust the flat map to properly fit the globe?

  31. when are you going to put up the tutorial?

  32. Im waiting for the tutorial

  33. Yay, I’m anxiously awaiting the tutorial, too! My bucket list only has one thing: visit all 50 states. I want to make one for every state I visit so when I’m old, I can have a whole tree full of these! Will be fun to pass on down the generations. Pinned this so I can be on the lookout for the tut! 🙂

  34. I’m waiting for the tutorial also. Here is a similar craft in case you’re in a hurry. http://www.favecrafts.com/Christmas-Crafts/Around-the-World-Map-Ornament#

  35. Ditto all of the above! My friends and I are all starting our Christmas crafting and we keep checking back to see if you’ve posted the tutorial yet! Not to nag, but we’d all loooooove to see it!!! These are adorable!

  36. Anonymous says:

    Courtney, my family and I traveled from the San Joaquin Valley in CA to Seattle, WA for our summer vacation. I photocopied that part of the map and made the ornaments with all the cities we visited exposed so the children can look at it and remember what we did while we were there. Took a little forsight but well worth it. Can’t wait to see the look on their faces when they actually realize it is more than an ornament…it represents memories of family and fun! Thanks for the posting! Raylene

  37. Wonderful idea and I’m thinking about planning a future trip on these and giving them as gifts to our children to see if they can figure out what these gift ornaments mean!!! 😀

  38. Love your blog and this project – so creative and fun and easy to personalize! Just wanted to let you know I featured it in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here. Feel free to check it out if you want and hope you like it! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  39. how to?

  40. Fab! About 20 years ago I made very similar ornaments with New York City subway maps– love seeing how ideas come around again. I used to use Elmer’s Glue watered down, the dip them in clear shellac….

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