Prepare for takeoff! When An Endless Pursuit Photography sent over Karol and Nathan’s travel-inspired Maryland wedding, their DIY map roses caught our eye and we knew we just had to share. These sweet little bouquets of hand-crafted petals are not only a perfect alternative to fresh flowers, but make for an awesome keepsake for any travel-loving couple! And the best part? DIY bride Karol sent over a step-by-step guide on how to make them!
From Karol: My husband and I both share a love for all things travel and we spent a great deal of our relationship traveling. So I knew from the minute I saw origami paper flowers made out of paper sheet music that I had to figure out how to have flowers made of maps for my travel themed wedding.
I looked at blogs, Etsy, and a number of other DIY resources for inspiration. I had some maps from the Virginia area and I also asked family and the bridal party if they had maps from their areas they could send me. I decided to take on the task of personalizing each bouquet and boutonniere with a map of where my bridesmaid or groomsmen lived. This made it more personal and also gave them special a keepsake.
Above Photo Credits by An Endless Pursuit Photography
Pencil (To help give the rose shape!)
Glue (I used hot glue gun)
Scissors or/& Paper Cutter
Cut three 4×4 squares and fold three times each. Draw lines as guide for cutting along. After cutting, the three squares when unfolded should look as pictured below.
Cut one “petal” out, next cut two out, and then cut three out like in the picture above. This will give you 6 pieces to build the rose.
I shaped the petals with a pencil. Use hot glue to glue the rose petals together. All 6 pieces will be ready to build the rose.
In the photo above, I stacked the parts from largest on the bottom to the smallest on top. I put the wire through the hole on the bottom and used hot glue to glue all the pieces together.
Photos courtesy of Karol Melero
And there you have it! A step-by-step guide to making these map flower pretties! Thank you for sharing this DIY wedding flower tutorial, Karol!
Photo Credits: An Endless Pursuit Photography