Memory Keeper Map Key-Chain

Good morning! Are you back into the swing of things or still on holiday mode? I am back at work, but the kid count is very low, so it’s still a slow week. It’s kind of a nice way to get back into the routine.

I like to make things out of maps and I made these key chains for my co-workers for Christmas, so I thought I would share them with you. I have other map projects here and here.  They are such a simple project, but are a great way to celebrate the city you live in or maybe that special place you have. Here’s the list of items you will need:

  • small wooden shapes
  • paint-color of your choice
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brushes
  • map of the city or place you want
  • pencil
  • key chain or loop
  • drill

map key chain supplies

I had this package of Woodsies in my craft stash and chose to use the oval ones.

map key chain wood pieces

I painted the back and sides of the piece white. You can pick whatever color you like, but you only have to paint the back and sides.

Map keychain wooden pieces

I was able to find some small maps online and printed them out, 4 on a page. I googled my city and then choose the one I thought would work best for my wood piece.

Map keychain city map

I used my Woodsie as a template to trace around my city. I centered it as close as possible and used a pencil to trace.

map keychain tracing your town

Once my pieces were traced, I cut them all out.

map key chain hometown circled

I painted Mod Podge on the unpainted side of the Woodsie, giving it a pretty good layer. Once the Mod Podge was on, I centered the map piece on top and gave it another coat of Mod Podge. When the piece was dry, I trimmed the edges of the paper.

map key chain white paint mod podge

map key chain mod podge

I added a small ring to each one and they were done!

map key chain city of hanford

I love how this turned out!

map key chain hanford city

map key chain keys and sunglasses

map key chain purse, glasses, keys

map key chain scarf orange and turquoise

map key chain with sunglasses, purse

Do you have a place that is special to you? Maybe your hometown, or a place you have traveled to? I would love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments!

map key chains with keys

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great week!

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Decoupage Pumpkin with Maps

 

travel map pumpkin title

Good morning! I made it back this week! Thanks for joining me! I have a really simple craft for you all today. Lauren has been decorating with maps and travel items lately, so I made this for her. I first picked up a foam pumpkin from the Dollar Tree. I had Mod Podge and maps on hand. Obviously, you could use any type of paper to have it match your decor. Scrapbook paper, pretty napkins, or old book pages would look nice too.

travel map pumpkin dollar tree pumpkin

I gave my pumpkin a coat of primer, just so the bright orange wouldn’t show through. Then I tore up a map page into little pieces.

map travel pumpkin

I had to have a bit of California in my pieces. 🙂

travel pumpkin map pieces

Once I had my pieces, I brushed Mod Podge on a small section of pumpkin and placed my pieces on it, overlapping them. Then I brushed more Mod Podge over the top. I continued over the whole pumpkin. Once I had all my pieces on, I brushed more Mod Podge over the whole thing making sure I brushed under any loose pieces.

travel pumpkin decoupage

While letting the pumpkin dry, Lauren picked out a small stick to use as the stem (I actually found some faux stems on Amazon!)

travel map pumpkin stem

I wanted the stem to look a little rougher, so I added some hot glue around the edges.

travel map pumpkin stem with hot glue

I mixed up some grey and tan paint, not mixing it too thoroughly. I wanted it to show the different colors.

travel map pumpkin grey and brown paint

Once the paint was dry, I hot glued it to the top of the pumpkin. This is how it turned out! It looks much better than just a small branch.

travel map pumpkin on book

I really like how you can spend so little to make something that fits your own style and decor.

travel map pumpkin book driftwood

I think I may have to pick up a few more pumpkins!

travel map pumpkin book pumpkins leaves

travel map pumpkin with small white pumpkins

There you go! Not only affordable, but quick and easy too! Have you every decoupaged your own pumpkin? I would love to hear about it!

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