Hi there–time for another Thrifty Chick’s Challenge! This month we set a goal of developing a thrifty project using globes or maps. I gave it some thought and messed around in my workroom for a while and came up with star ornaments made with vintage atlas pages.
I started with circa 1968 atlas maps, added a sprinkle of glitter and a jingle bell and these these darling decorations were the result.
Be sure to check out my five thrifty partners’ projects using the links provided at the end of this post.
Gather together maps (of any kind), glitter, cardboard, Modge Podge and a flat paint brush and you’ll be all set to get started.
I am very lucky to have Sizzix Big Shot [manual] die cut machine. I invested in a [used] star-shaped die cut last year that I picked up on eBay, and I’ve been happily making stars ever since.
First step: Glue some map onto some cardboard and die cut or scissor cut-out your star shapes. Frankly, I think they’re beautiful as is, without any additional embellishment. So, you can stop here if you like, LOL.
But I went a few steps further with my project, first by adding some glitter to the edges. Apply some Modge Podge along the edge of your star (a little at a time). Sprinkle on the glitter (I used fine aqua on this one) and tap it down with your index finger to ensure adherence. Shake off the excess.
You might want to add a jingle bell to the bottom of your star like I did. To do this, make a jump ring using 20 gauge wire (or whatever you have on hand) by wrapping it around something like a large pencil. Snip the ends with the pliers, then feed it through a hole punched at the bottom of your star and add a bell before closing the ring.
Punch a hole at the top and thread some thin ribbon through it to make a hanger and you’re done.
I can’t decide which I like better–the aqua glittered or the silver glittered…
They even look pretty thrown together in a wooden bowl. I think I’ll be hanging a few on some kitchen knobs as well, and wouldn’t they be something on a white tree?!!
So now it’s time to visit the other Thrifty Chicks and discover what globe/map inspired projects they came up with. I know you won’t be disappointed!
1. I Used a Wooden Platter to Make a Lazy Susan by Shoppe No. 5
2. Christmas Around the World Star Ornaments by Adirondack Girl @ Heart (that’s me!)
3. Antique Trunk Refresh by Lora B. Create & Ponder
4. How to Make Wood Slice Ornaments by The Interior Frugalista
5. Naked Button Globe–DIY Globe Upcycle by Little Vintage Cottage
6. How to Make a Decoupaged Silver Tray Map Table by Thrifty Rebel Vintage
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