Tuesday, 11 December 2012

diy map wrapping paper

after using old books as part of my christmas wrapping paper, i started thinking about how i could take the idea further. the thought of using whole book pages as wrapping paper was tempting, but the pages are generally pretty small, and would take too long to stick together to create a decent wrapping sheet. 
atlases on the other hand, can come in pretty big sizes, so when i found an a-z of the united kingdom (another 30p charity shop bargain!) i thought i'd give it a go to make j some birthday wrapping paper.

i chose certain locations for the wrapping paper that are relevant to j (current hometown, family hometown, uni hometown etc.) and because the atlas was so big, i only had to stick a few of the sheets together. to do that i just chose a double page spread, pulled out the two pages and then used sellotape to align them back together. 

what do you think? i'm really happy with how they've all turned out, and am definitely going to use this idea for future birthdays. it's also a really nice contrast to my christmas wrapping paper, so i can pop all the presents under the tree and not get confused :)


26 comments:

  1. Awesome idea, girlfriend. Thanks for the tip! xo

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  2. I love this idea, it's make the present so unique and lovely looking! I will definitely do this in the future xx

    http://rosee-petals.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. thanks becky, i'd totally recommend it :) x

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  3. I think it's come out really well, it's a lovely idea :) Yay for Brighton!xx

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    1. thank you rachel :) yes! yay for brighton hehe x

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  4. This is such a good idea, why have I already wrapped my presents?! x

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  5. this is such a cute idea!

    India x
    http://velvet-ghost.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Oh this is class
    J
    http://lifelovesand.blogspot.ie/

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  7. This is such a good idea, and they look amazing! I love them.
    Thanks for sharing.

    www.birdbloom.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. These look great Skye! I've been trying to get hold of a cheap Atlas for some DIYs myself but the charity shops here never seem to have any! x

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    1. ah thank you erin :) oh how annoying- i'll keep my eyes peeled here for you! xx

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  9. This is a fab idea, like Erin I've been on the look our for a World Atlas but can never seem to find any good ones! (: xx

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    1. thank you! oh i'd love to find a world atlas actually, gonna have to add that to my ever growing list :) x

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  10. I absolutely love the idea of taking maps for gift wrap. They are the perfect size! I've been doing book pages as well, but only for really small items. Great job!

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    1. thanks so much :) i bet the book pages look great, it's a great effect x

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  11. such a lovely idea!! this will be my wrapping paper for birthday gifts for the whole of 2013 :) xx

    penguinsandcows.blogspot.com

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  12. Great idea :) its personal too xx

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