Published on September 19th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe0
DIY: Make a Reclaimed Paper Heart Garland from an Old Map
Instead of tossing that old map that, make a paper garland to preserve your memories!
Don’t you just love old maps? Whether they’re from a town where you used to live or a special road trip, maps remind us of where we’ve been. Next time you discover an old map, you can make a paper garland instead of tossing it in the recycle bin. What I love best about this project is that it’s super simple, and it’s scalable. I used 7 hearts to decorate a wall shelf, but you could cut out dozens and make one to hang all the way across a wall!
Recycling paper is definitely better than sending it to the landfill, but it’s not a perfect solution. Recycling paper takes energy and produces greenhouse gas emissions. When you use any reclaimed paper in your crafts – maps included – you’re avoiding the energy associated with both recycling that piece of paper and with creating new paper to craft with. Hurrah for reuse!
Ready to make your own paper heart map garland? Click here to get the tutorial!