How to Make a Map Keepsake Box for Your Travel Trinkets

An easy DIY to display your travel memories.

Are you the type of person who loves to collect travel trinkets and souvenirs? If you tend to keep every plane ticket, metro pass or postcard you acquire, don't simply shove them in a random junk drawer; make a map-covered keepsake box for each big trip you take to store your travel treasures. These keepsake boxes would make a great addition to any bookshelf display or a thoughful gift for the traveler in your life.

Laura James

Laura James


*map of the place you visited

*old cigar box

*decoupage glue + sponge brush


*craft knife


*letter stickers

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Trace the outside of the box on the map, leaving about two inches on the top and bottom.


Cut out the map.

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Apply decoupage glue to the back of the box and press down on the "wrong" side of the map.

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Laura James


Fold the excess map over the lid of the cigar box, apply more decoupage glue and press down.

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Decoupage the rest of the outside of the box, smoothing the map down as you go.


Trim excess map at the bottom.

Laura James

Laura James


Fold over bottom flap and decoupage inside the cigar box.

Laura James

Laura James


Trim excess map on the sides with craft knife.

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Turn box on its side, trace and cut out. Repeat on the other side.

Laura James

Laura James

 STEP 10

Decoupage the two cutouts on the sides. 

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 STEP 11 

Trim any excess with craft knife.

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 STEP 12

Add stick-on letters to spell the name of the city or country from where you travel souvenirs came.

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Video: DIY Map Keepsake Box

Preserve trinkets and memories from your travels in a DIY map keepsake box

DIY Map Keepsake Box


Preserve trinkets and memories from your travels in a DIY map keepsake box

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