I can’t write about travel and not give a little time to another hobby of mine — making crafts. I guess it’s inevitable that the two might even intersect. So here’s a collection of travel crafts I really like. They meet my approval for fun, creative travel-related craft projects. They would also make great gifts, too. Scroll through and see if you agree…
Mountain wood blocks
Simplistic in form, but cute as heck! These could be stylish decorations or children’s toys. Such a great idea with easy instructions, from the HungryHeart blog.
State or Country String Art
Find a map and draw its outline on a piece of wood. Add a heart in the center. Pound in a bunch of nails (great for stress relief!) and then “connect the dots” with string. Another example of easy travel art you could make yourself. Thanks to Imgfave’s diyforever for a great idea!
I think the little girl in me loves this craft. Miniatures are sooo irresistible! But there’s a practical side to this project, too. Can you think of a better way to present jewelry or a surprise travel itinerary? These little suitcases would also make great favors for a travel-themed birthday party or bridal shower! All it requires is a matchbox and brown paper. Detailed instructions and free printable travel stamps can be found at craftster.org — thanks to “Kimbles”.
Framed Foreign Currency
I’d never seen money look so attractive, and it really made me re-think the need to spend all your cash before leaving a foreign country. Now you can bring it home with you and add it to your travel-themed decor. Idea by Jackie at School of Decorating.
Road Map Birdhouses
Put all those old road maps to use by applying to wooden birdhouses with decopage. If you first paint the birdhouse in a complimentary color found in the map, it will really pop! You could add polyurethane to waterproof and use these in your garden…or nest several together for a mantelpiece showcase. Idea and photos from craftsbyamanda and Midwestliving.
Map Gift Wrap
This is more than just being economical and re-purposing old maps. Maps make beautiful gift wrap and might even hint at what’s inside if you’re giving gifts to a seasoned traveler!
Hungry for more travel crafts?
Here are a few more photos for inspiration:
I’ve also written the following posts about travel crafts:
- Ten Crafty Travel Projects
- Ten More Crafty Travel Projects
- Using Travel Photos to Make Cards & Books
Any new ideas to share with my readers? Please include them in your comments below!