Map rose – create something everlasting this Valentine’s

Do you want to give something a little more unique with your Valentine’s gift this year? Well we were amazed when we stumbled upon some beautiful homemade map roses, and we just had to try making some ourselves! Not only do they last much longer than original roses, they are also unique and can be personalised with locations. Follow the steps below to make your own map rose..

What you will need:

  • Old maps (of your choice)
  • A couple of twigs/sticks (we recycled our Christmas tree!)
  • Green tissue paper
  • Scissors and pen
  • Glue gun

How to make your map rose:

1. Firstly, find some maps! Go double sided for extra colour or single sided like ours works just fine too! It doesn’t matter too much which maps you choose – unless you are trying to personalise the location for someone special…

2. Find something to use for the stem of the rose. We recycled our Christmas tree and cut the needles off but you can also use green floristry wire.

Cutting branches for map rose

3. Draw some templates of a petal shape on paper. You will need some small, medium and large variations to help the rose bloom! Use these templates to cut out some map rose petal shapes. It’s completely up to you how many petals you use for your rose, but we’d recommend somewhere between 15-20.

Cutting out petals for map rose

4. Before you can add maps to your twig, you will need to wrap the twig up in green tissue paper. Give it a twist to make it look more authentic.

Rolling branch for map rose

5. Next, you need to roll up a square piece of map and wrap this around the top of your twig using a glue gun to seal it on.

Starting map rose

6. Now we can start adding the petals! Start with the small ones, folding them slightly and adding glue to the bottom. Place them onto the rolled up piece of map already on the twig and repeat the process a few times, until you are satisfied with the result.

Map rose being made

7. Start adding the medium and large petals until your map rose is as big as you want it! This should be your rose so far…

Map rose no paint

8. Now it’s time to add a touch of watercolour to the tips of your rose petals to give it a bit more colour (optional).

Map rose being painted

Your map rose is now complete! Repeat the process as many times as you want; to create a beautiful bunch or a romantic single rose – the choice is up to you!

Finished map rose Finished map rose