personalised big trip map gift

DIY gift for my husband: A map of our honeymoon big trip around the world

A special gift tutorial: embroider your honeymoon route, or a big family trip onto a vintage map.
Perfect DIY Valentine or birthday gift for a husband or daddy!

I made this DIY big trip map gift for MisterPodge for Valentine’s this year.  After we got married (almost 5 years ago now) we took an 8 month honeymoon and travelled around the world before starting our family.  It was a fantastic trip and I wanted to record the route to show Pickle and Chops and also remind my husband and I of the adventure we shared!

world love map finished

To make a personalised big trip map DIY gift, you will need:
– an A3 map to mark your route (I used a free printable vintage world map from Knick of Time)
– a pencil
– a needle
– some playdoh or blutac
– embroidery thread
– a frame for your finished map

Photo 17-02-2014 21 43 14

COST: pennies
AGE: older kids/adults
TIME: over an hour

How-to make a personalised big trip map DIY gift:

  1. Choose and print your map
  2. Mark your big trip route on the map in pencil
  3. Use a needle to perforate your route, leaving approx 5mm between each hole (place some playdoh or blutac beneath your map, so as not to pierce your work surface (or leg!)
  4. Sew your route, using embroidery thread and the holes that you’ve just made.  I used running stitch for our overland travel (trains/coaches/cars) and back stitch for our flights.  I also added a heart shape for home (where we began and ended our trip).
  5. Erase any visible pencil marks, frame your personalised big trip map and present your DIY gift to your loved one(s)!

Big trip love map gift

Have you been anywhere exciting?  Are you planning a big trip this year..?
I’d love to see India, Madagascar and Egypt…


'DIY gift for my husband: A map of our honeymoon big trip around the world' have 67 comments

  1. March 6, 2014 @ 9:02 am Michelle

    Awww, this is just lovely! What a great idea!

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:06 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Michelle (heavily influenced by Pinterest I have to admit)! 😉

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  2. March 6, 2014 @ 10:08 am Angela Spicer

    That’s a lovely idea

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  3. March 6, 2014 @ 10:22 am [email protected]

    What an amazing gift – and it looks like you had a brilliant trip judging by all the places you visited!

    Briliant!

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:10 pm Hodge Podge

      It was totally amazing – can’t wait to take the kids to see some more of the world..! 😀

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  4. March 6, 2014 @ 10:45 am Louisa

    I love your gift, it’s such a clever idea! What an amazing honeymoon you went on!

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:14 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Louisa. We were so lucky to be able to go away for that long and see so many amazing places 🙂

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  5. March 6, 2014 @ 11:15 am Lucie Aiston

    I went to Dubai 2 years ago! That was lovely! I visited NYC in 2007 but really would love to see more of the States!

    What a stunning idea!! I love it!

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:15 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Lucie! I love NYC too – would happily go every year for a shopping weekend (if only I had the funds)! 😉

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  6. March 6, 2014 @ 11:30 am Jen aka The Mad House

    Oh I adore this idea, but we only went to wales!

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:17 pm Hodge Podge

      LOL! Maybe you could sew your dream RTW route on a map and then start saving for an anniversary trip, Jen..?! 😉

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  7. March 6, 2014 @ 11:42 am Globalmouse

    Wow, I love this!! And I am so envious of your trip, it looks like an amazing route! And to travel for 8 months…I can only dream of such a thing!!

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:20 pm Hodge Podge

      It really was! Lots of long coach journeys though. We didn’t realise quite how HUGE S.America is until we got there! 😉

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  8. March 6, 2014 @ 12:49 pm Rachel @ activities4kidz

    What a lovely unique idea!

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  9. March 6, 2014 @ 12:51 pm Emma (My Little 3 and Me)

    Wow, that was a trip to remember, how fantastic! I just adore your craft idea.

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:21 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Emma – it was a total once-in-a-lifetime experience! 😀

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  10. March 6, 2014 @ 1:16 pm Kirsty - Hijacked by Twins

    What a wonderful idea! Wow what an amazing trip!

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  11. March 6, 2014 @ 2:34 pm suzanne3childrenandit

    What a lovely idea! And hand sewn as well, I bet he loved it 🙂 That was some honeymoon you went on!

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:25 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Suzanne! I have no clue how to work a sewing machine, so everything is hand-sewn here! 😉

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  12. March 6, 2014 @ 3:36 pm Vicky Myers

    What a wonderful idea:)

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  13. March 6, 2014 @ 4:15 pm Steph (@imcountingufoz)

    Oh my word, this is the best gift! I love it!

    We went to Bruges in the half term, we’re going to the South of France in the summer and hopefully Copenhagen in October. I love travelling.

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:29 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks Steph! Oh I LOVE Bruges!! 😀
      Not been to Copenhagen yet – will you let me know what it’s like please?

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  14. March 6, 2014 @ 4:47 pm You Baby Me Mummy

    This is brilliant, what a fabulous present. An eight month honeymoon – wow! x

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:29 pm Hodge Podge

      Yup – and got pregnant the day we landed home (Valentine’s day)! 😉

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  15. March 6, 2014 @ 5:13 pm Mummy of Two

    What an amazing honeymoon that must have been! I really love this gift idea too, so thoughtful.

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:32 pm Hodge Podge

      Thank you! It really was – lots of great memories… 😀

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  16. March 6, 2014 @ 6:10 pm Jenny

    8 months? You lucky thing!

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  17. March 6, 2014 @ 7:52 pm lori

    This is such a lovely gift! I would love to do something like this for Paul x

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:35 pm Hodge Podge

      Yay! Do it! Doesn’t take too long once you get into a rhythm…

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  18. March 6, 2014 @ 9:15 pm Sam @happyhomebird

    This is amazing! I wish I had travelled like you. Pinning this as I have a map obsession.

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:36 pm Hodge Podge

      Me too! Honestly, I could wallpaper my whole house in maps – I love looking at them (especially vintage ones) 😀

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  19. March 6, 2014 @ 9:43 pm The Egyptian Mummy

    What a fantastic idea! I was really lucky in that I had always wanted to visit the Middle East and North Africa and ended up getting a job in Oman. While there I visited Dubai and Kuwait. While in Oman I met an Egyptian guy who eventually became my husband and Daddy to the Mini Grumpy Egyptian. We have visited Egypt lots (not recently because of the problems there), but I have to say it was without a doubt my favourite place EVER. It is such an amazing country and the people are so full of life! We are hoping that once things settle we can take the mini one to meet my husband’s side of the family. If you decide to go there, let me know and I can suggest a few off the tourist track things for you if you like 🙂

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:38 pm Hodge Podge

      Awww, that’s wonderful that your travelling led to you finding love!
      Egypt is top of my list as soon as it’s safe to take the kids there – I will SO be picking your brains – THANK YOU! 😀

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  20. March 6, 2014 @ 10:22 pm Kirsty

    I hope your hubby appreciated the effort, this is such a lovely gift and what an amazing trip to remember. An 8 month honeymoon is pretty impressive and I am very jealous! It must have been lovely to recollect happy memories as you stitched the route on the map.

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:42 pm Hodge Podge

      Absolutely Kirsty – I’d forgotten the finer route details and had to look back at our photo album to jog my memory (and showed the photos to the boys at the same time) – we had so many fantastic adventures along the way (volcano-climbing, desert islands, turtles, hang-gliding, helicopter-riding, bungee-jumping, horse-riding, wine tasting)… 😀

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  21. March 6, 2014 @ 11:04 pm Bek

    This is a wonderful idea! 8 months-wow! I wish we could do that. Maybe we’ll have 8 months away when we retire?! 🙂

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:43 pm Hodge Podge

      Yes! Start planning! I am hoping to replicate our route in luxury once we retire! 😉

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  22. March 7, 2014 @ 4:08 am xay nha dep

    It must have been lovely to recollect happy memories xay biet thu

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:43 pm Hodge Podge

      It really was – love reminiscing… 🙂

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  23. March 7, 2014 @ 6:01 am Josie

    This is such a cute idea!! I love DIY gifts! 😉

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  24. March 7, 2014 @ 6:04 am Kara

    What a fabulous idea. It is my one regret we never travelled so plan to do it she the kids are older!

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  25. March 7, 2014 @ 9:38 am Hannah Staveley

    What a clever idea this is .x

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  26. March 7, 2014 @ 10:20 am Shell Louise

    If we ever get to do our road trip around Europe I’m definitely making one of these!

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:47 pm Hodge Podge

      Yay! I hope you do get to take your trip x

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  27. March 7, 2014 @ 2:24 pm VaiChin @ Rambling Through Parenthood

    That is the most romantic idea I have seen in a while. Love the little heart, such a lovely touch.

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:50 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks VaiChin! Home is where the heart is… 😉

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  28. March 8, 2014 @ 8:10 am Kizzy

    What a fantastic idea, We’re off to Paris next month, can’t wait!

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    • March 9, 2014 @ 10:51 pm Hodge Podge

      Wow – I love Paris – am SO jealous! Have some Lauduree macaroons for me please x

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  29. March 11, 2014 @ 9:44 pm agatapokutycka

    WE do not have plans for this year holidays as yet… but Nepal is a possibility

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  30. March 13, 2014 @ 12:30 am Emily @amummytoo

    Awwww, that is so romantic and such a lovely idea.

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  31. March 28, 2014 @ 1:44 am Alice Megan

    Such a cute idea!

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  33. June 16, 2015 @ 10:48 pm Eileen Teo

    Wow! That is amazing! I love it! So sweet and also personalised!

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  34. June 17, 2015 @ 7:34 am Tarana Khan

    This is so amazing! I can’t think of a more romantic way to spend a honeymoon 🙂

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  35. January 5, 2016 @ 6:00 pm Adventures of Adam

    This is simply amazing. I would love to read more about your travels!

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