DIY Map Clock
Decorating with maps is very trendy right now, and if you have been traveling this summer, why not create something with a map from a place you visited to have a daily reminder in your home from your trip? I always bring home maps and use them for craft projects. Doing crafts with kids and maps can also be very educational, well, maybe not if you use city/street maps, but for larger maps yes. My kids helped me to make this map clock, and this time we used old calendar pages (I love maps so much that I buy calendars with them too!).
DIY MAP CLOCK TUTORIAL
You will need:
Inexpensive or old wall clock (we used Rusch clock from IKEA, $1.99)
Elmer's school Glue and Elmer's X-Treme School Glue Stick
Small sticker for one of the clock hands (optional)
1. Remove the cover of the clock.
2. Punch holes into the map making small dots to use to cover the existing numbers which will give the map clock nice color.
3. Using the liquid school glue, glue the dots to the clock covering the numbers. It is easiest if you write over the number using the glue and then add the dots one by one. (It's best to punch a bunch first and then start gluing instead of doing one by one) If you want to - you can also add a small sticker to the second hand - don't use anything too big or heavy or the clock won't operate!
4. Don't cover the clock yet. Measure the width of the clock ring and add one inch to turn under the clock to get a nice finish.
5. Cut the map making long strips that you can cover the clock ring with. Fold the map length wise and place the fold on the lower edge of the clock to make sure the map is wide enough.
6. Add glue to the entire long strip and then carefully start working it around the clock. I cut short pieces around two inches apart to fold the map inwards to the clock.
7. For this clock I used three map strips, and it probably would have been easier to do it with four.
8. After the clock is covered around with the map, pop the cover back on the clock.
You can also buy stickers for the numbers to change the look, or optionally keep it as it is. The punching the holes and gluing the little dots took the longest in this project and it is not something very young kids can do, it took steady hands to get them done.