Road Map Wrapped Jars

A couple of months ago my dear friend, Nicole, gave me this wonderful book, A Homemade Year by Jerusalem Jackson Greer. She knew that I loved crafting and cooking and thought I 'd enjoy it. This book takes the reader through the liturgical calendar with wonderful homespun recipes and beautiful handicrafts. One really simple idea I have been wanting to implement is these Road Map Wrapped Jars.
I just love the simplicity of them and the idea of using maps from favorite road trips. We have had a travel trailer ever since my youngest was just a couple months old...she is now nine. We've been all over with the kiddos from Arizona to Tennessee, from Texas to Minnesota and over to Wyoming. They've seen the beaches of California and the dunes of the Oregon Coast. So many miles...so many priceless memories. What better way to remember them than by using some very well worn atlas pages to create these sweet little vases or votive holders?
All you need are empty jars or bottles, some old maps and some twine.
Do a little strategic tearing of the maps,
wrap around the jars, and secure with some twine.
In the book, A Homemade Year, they set a table with old quilts, some large red gingham napkins and lots of these jars holding everything from straws to candles.
How cute would this be for a graduation party or just a backyard get together to end the summer? {Side note...the sweetest thing...I asked hubby to pick up some groceries at Trader Joe's on his way home from work, while I was working on these. I figured I 'd go out later to pick up some flowers for the jars. He came home with not only groceries, but these pretty little bunch of flowers (without me asking for them)...and my favorite salad and some delicious Dark Chocolate Almonds. It was either a peace offering or he's trying to butter me up for something...or maybe a little of both. Still, it was a fun surprise and an awfully sweet gesture. I think I'll keep him around. ;-)}
Now that I've torn into this old atlas, I'm pretty sure I'll be doing some more map projects. I'll just pull up a chair and have a little afternoon snack while I ponder road map crafts. Would you like to join me? Any ideas on what to make with old atlas pages?
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32 comments:

  1. Neat!! Soon going to be hard to find since there are less and less road maps :)

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  2. What a fun idea - the maps add color and whimsy to this table setting. Had not thought of using maps at a graduation party...maybe maps of the city where the graduate's college is?? Also, what a sweet hubby you have! : ) Cheers, Catherine (new follower)

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  3. cute! Would make a great trip momento!
    Jenna

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  4. Very cute idea! Love the rustic look!

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  5. What a fun idea! I especially like it with the wine bottles and gerber daisies. Beautiful set up!

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  6. I love these Nici! I made a road map jar a couple of years ago for a fellow blogger. Mine was mod-podged on with her and my towns circled with heart circles. I failed to get a picture of it though...pooh. Your's is cuter ;)

    Thanks for sharing this, as well as your yummy blueberry dessert and leather cleaner at What We Accomplished Wednesdays! Have a super week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  7. These are so cute, love them. thanks andi

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  8. These are so cute Nici, good on the hubs :)

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  9. Such a cute little idea... these would actually be fun for a wedding table too! Love it:)

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  10. One good place to find atlases are truck stops. Sometimes they put them on sale after the new year comes in with new maps.
    My hubs has an atlas but I'm forbidden to do anything with it but look for places,doggone it. Hubs was an over road trucker for several years when we lived in MT and KY. He quit trucking and retired in 2004 (drat) so I miss getting to go something awful, that was only way we could afford to travel.
    Love your idea with the jars, will be on lookout for maps now. Your table looks very nice and interesting. Happy summer Glad to hear you took your kids traveling in trailer, an education and memories are priceless.

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  11. Great pictures, Nici (your button at Ginger Snap Crafts wow me wednesday drew me in). And an awesome idea! I hang on to all my mason jars (I can, off and on). They have so many uses. I love the map wrap, and thought too that old sheet music would be great, or brown paper, or burlap...so many ways to make mason jars part of your festivities.

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  12. Such a great idea! I have all the supplies on hand to make some of these. Love them with the runner = great color!

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  13. Great idea and wonderful centerpiece idea. I will have to try it with my summer flowers.

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  14. Those are fun! I'm pinning so that one day, when I have my act together, I can throw a dinner party and make them ;)

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  15. What a cute idea and pretty flowers too. These would be cute done in different fabric pieces too. Just hopping by, hope you have a great weekend.

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  16. Super cute! Love the idea :) Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs!

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  17. These look really good I like how you've left the edges torn too, very rustic :)

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  18. I really love this idea! Perfect for a "going places" grad party, travel themed wedding or just around the house!

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  19. Beautiful idea...! I really like it ! Came from 5 days 5 ways party !
    Marlin

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  20. I just love this idea. It is so simple and so pretty!
    Thanks for linking up.
    KC

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  21. What a great idea ...so cute! Thank you for linking up to One More Time Events...Hugs Tammy

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  22. OMG - so cute! Doing for a party I have next week. LOVE! Michele @ Neat Little Nest

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  23. OMG - Love this idea. Going to do for a party I'm having soon. -Michele @ www.neatlittlenest.com

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  24. Nici, these are so cute and your photos look amazing!!

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  25. I LOVE it! Sharing it on my FB page! Thanks for linking it up at Monday Funday!

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  26. Cute idea! But I would Mod Podge it for a more permanent vase. This would be great for our Bon Voyage Party in Dec. Getting ready to move overseas :-)

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  27. Fun idea! and love the picture 'posed perfection' just beautiful!

    Glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    Sharon and Denise ♥
    Fashion | Food | Beauty | Antiques | DIY | and much more

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  28. The picture is really cute! I really like the mix of colors with the flowers and the table runner. That is so great that you and your children have the memories of traveling together. Those could jumpstart good conversation with the family at dinner time!
    I found you from six sisters!
    dija at The Inspired Cafe

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