Crafty Travels: 10 Travel Inspired DIY Projects

Are you a true lover of travel with an artsy spirit?  Well guess what, you just hit the jackpot!  You don’t have to wait until your next vacation to serve up a little travel inspiration in your life.  Here are 10 travel inspired DIY projects from around the web that will color your world in travelicous ways!

From new homes for your old souvenirs to furniture with global appeal, travel DIY projects are a great way to express your inner travel junkie. And if these 10 leave you wanting more, be sure to check out my Travel Inspired DIY board on pinterest – I’ve added over 50 awesome projects to it and will keep adding as I find more.

1. Make a Chalkboard Globe

Photo Credit: Design Sponge

I am more than a little in love with this project. It’s relatively simple and inexpensive. You just need a globe, some chalkboard paint and tad a you have a doodle ready chalkboard globe that’s cute and functional. Make it >

2. Create Your Own Mini Village Nighttime Scene

Photo Credit: Fellow Fellow

With a few snips of your scissors and some battery operated candles you can create your own mini village with windows that shine with a warm and atmospheric light. Use whatever kinds of buildings you want: old crumbly castles, small English cottages or fairy tale homes, whatever suits your fancy. Make it >

3. Build Your Own Surfboard

Photo Credit: Travel Beater Project

Like big waves? Well we have the project for you, a DIY open source travel surfboard. What’s even better is that it’s meant to fit in a carryon bag. Make it >

4. Use a Globe to make a pendant light

Photo Credit: Apartment Therapy

There is just something about globes, they are beautiful to look at and invite the mind to wander. Here are instructions for an elegant globe pendant light. Make it >

5. Get those zzzzs – make your own travel sleep mask

Photo Credit: Oh Lovely Lolo

Okay, so I know only a few brave souls would feel comfortable sleeping in public with the mask I picked out, but if the golden eyelashes turns you off check out this more tame sleeping mask. And to those who go 100% bold and wear this mask in public I just have to say bravo! Make it >

6. Create your own map dresser

Photo Credit: Domestic Ease

Do you have a dresser that is looking a little worse for the wear? Then check out this creative use of maps to decorate a dresser’s drawers. Absolutely beautiful and fun. Make it >

7. Make your own Beach Rock Souvenir Collage

Photo Credit: I am Just Lu

I don’t know about you, but some of my favorite souvenir’s are the natural ones like stones or shells. The only problem is that I never know what to do with them. Making a collage of your natural souvenirs is a great way to display them. Make it >

8. Display your Luggage (as shelves)

Photo Credit Apartment Therapy

While there are no directions for this project, I just had to share it because it so cool. Vintage suitcases repurposed as shelves. What I love about this is that the suitcases have so many stories to tell and at the same time are fantastic looking. Make it >

9. Make a lampshade out of your pictures

Photo Credit: Rachel Reynolds Design

You’ll have to make up the directions for this one as well, but it shouldn’t be too hard. Have your vacation images made into slides and link them together with jewelry connectors and you’ll have a beautiful way to remember your adventures. Make it >

10. Make art out of your old maps

Photo Credit: Everything Fabulous

Hearts and maps just seem to go together perfectly, don’t they? Use your old maps to make artwork for your home. Even better if you can use maps you actually used on your travels. Make it >

Have any creative ideas for travel related crafts?  Please share!  And if you use pinterest make sure to check out my Travel Inspired DIY Projects board and follow me for all kinds of travel related fun.

2 thoughts to “Crafty Travels: 10 Travel Inspired DIY Projects”

  1. What an inspiring fun post! As an interior designer & travel junkie – my favourite is the globe pendent! Such great ideas for feeding BOTH crafty AND in-the-moment travel urges!

    1. Thanks – it’s so fun to mix travel with different subjects. Now I just have to find the time to actually make one of these!

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