This post was most recently updated on January 12th, 2022
When you love traveling as much as I do, it’s probably on your mind a lot! I know I’m always drawn to travel magazines, travel landscape pins on Pinterest, and the travel guidebook selection at Barnes and Noble. So it probably won’t surprise anyone that I like to do travel-related craft projects. I’ve collected ten crafty travel projects that looked fun to make with maps, postcards or souvenirs. I was super excited when I found these ideas, so I’m sharing them with you, too.
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1. Travel Keepsake Kits
Get a box. Label it. Put all of your postcards, ticket stubs, receipts, and favorite photos in it. These are fun to display and even more fun to take down and go through the contents. They’ll be conversation starters, for sure! Travel keepsake kit idea from MarthaStewart.com. I love these boxes with a simple lock.
2. Postcard travel journal
Buy a postcard in each city you visit. Journal your itinerary or thoughts on the back side. Be sure to include dates and other pertinent information. Then punch a hole in each and assemble with a ring. It’s an easy way to journal your travels! Original idea from FrecklesInOurEyes.com. Inexpensive rings can be found here..
3. Postcard serving tray
This is a simple project, and it comes out looking so nice. Buy a wood tray, download some postcard printables (or use your own postcards), arrange in a random pattern, and apply with Modge Podge. Use a second coat to seal and give a satin finish.
4. Cereal box postcards
Because I love postcards, this craft really appealed to me. You could even make postcards out of cereal boxes in different languages! Cut out the most interesting parts of cereal boxes. Round corners, add writing lines on the back, write a message, apply postage, and drop in the mailbox to your favorite pen pal! Thanks to infarrantlycreative.net for this creative idea!
5. Travel vignette in your home
Display your favorite travel quote, stack up some vintage suitcases and an old steamer trunk, add some travel photos or other souvenirs, and you’ll have an awesome travel statement!
6. Travel shadow boxes for keepsakes
I thought this was a beautiful way to use less-than-perfect photos AND show off your smaller trip souvenirs: such as sea shells, tickets, subway passes, receipts, labels, etc. It’s a classy way to display your travel memories! Use a shadow box to mount on the wall, line the back with scrapbook paper, and cut out letters from your extra vacation photos. (idea by AthletesAbroad)
7. Map magnets
This is a great way to use all those empty Altoids tins you don’t know what to do with. Buy clear glass gems with a flat back. Cut out a section of map to line Altoids tin and circles to glue to back of gems. Add strong magnets to the back with epoxy. This would make a very thoughtful gift for a friend who loves to travel! Love this project from Scrappergirl.
8. Postcard gift decor
What a creative way to use postcards! Just glue or tape your favorites on packages wrapped in brown paper, with coordinating ribbons or other embellishments. If you’re not willing to part with your souvenir postcards, check out some of the free printable vintage postcards I found here or here. Thanks to nicety.livejournal.com for this great craft idea!
9. Luggage tags
I have a laminating machine and am always looking for more opportunities to use it, so I thoroughly enjoyed making these luggage tags. For this project, all you have to do is design a tag, print it out on cardstock, fill in necessary information (Name, email address, and cell phone number), and laminate in a laminating pouch. Trim edges, punch a hole and attach a ribbon or heavy string to tie to luggage handle. So pretty! You could also use the same technique to make a travel bookmark for your favorite reading book. Someone stop me before I make too many!
10. Map book covers
Use old maps, or pick up some new ones from your local AAA office. Open up flat, lay book on top, cut a few inches larger than book and fold inside book flaps. Tape to secure. Just like when you were back in junior high, and you made book covers with paper grocery bags! Especially appropriate for your travel journals or guidebooks. This project came from SweetHomeStyle.
And a bonus…a pushpin travel map
As travelers, we obsessively document our adventures, fill our passports with stamps and adorn our living spaces with trinkets from around the globe. That’s why a pushpin travel map is the perfect way to showcase memories, plan for upcoming adventures and map out dream destinations. Sure, you could purchase a pre-assembled version, but they’re often costly and lack the sentiment that goes into creating your own.
To solve this, Car Rentals put together this beautiful step-by-step tutorial complete with photography examples, a detailed material list and custom legend printables to help you create a pushpin map that matches the aesthetic of your home. In 2-3 hours you can have a travel-inspired piece of art that is ready to hang. Ambitious DIYers might consider making an extra to gift to friends or family!
This is just a small sampling of all the crafty travel projects out there. I’ll keep looking and sharing them with you. Do you have any ideas I should add to my Ten Crafty Travel Projects?Please include links to any great projects in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you…
Here are some more travel craft-related posts you might be interested in:
- “Travel Crafts You Can Make!”
- “Ten More Crafty Travel Projects“
- “Using Travel Photos to Make Cards & Books“
- “Travel Art You’ll Love”
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