Introduction: From Old Tourist Map to Gift Bag / De Mapa Viejo a Bolsa De Regalo

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What can you do with an old tourist map? Just convert it in an amazing gift bag and surprise your friends and family.

I will show you how to make a gift bag in a while. You can also reuse old maps to wrap the gifts, and contribute to the planet.

SAFETY ADVICE: This instructable uses sharp tools. Be careful about it. If you are not sure how to use, don't continue. For kids, it is MANDATORY adult supervision and help.

Spanish version

?Que puedes hacer con un mapa turistico viejo? Conviertelo en una bolsa de regalo y sorprende a tus amigos y familiares.

Te ensenyo como construir una bolsa de regalo en un instante. Tambien puedes reutilizar los mapas viejos para envolver los regalos, y asi contribuir con el planeta.

CONSEJO DE SEGURIDAD: Este instructable utiliza herramientas cortantes. Ten cuidado con ellas. Si no estas seguro de como se usan, por favor, no continues. Para ninnos, es OBLIGATORIA la supervision y ayuda de adultos.

Step 1: Tools and Materials / Herramientas Y Materiales

Picture of Tools and Materials / Herramientas Y Materiales

You will need:

1 - An old tourist map (those that are folded).
2 - A rule.
3 - A pencil or marker.
4 - A scissors and a cutter.
5 - Glue for paper.
6 - A cutting mat.

The tourist map must be folded at least in six parts. The size of the bag will be 2 parts per 1.



1 - Un mapa turistico (esos que vienen doblados)
2 - Una regla.
3 - Un lapiz o rotulador.
4 - Tijeras y cutter.
5 - Pegamento para papel.
6 - Superficie para cortar.

El mapa debe tener seis partes como minimo. El tamanno de la bolsa sera de 2 partes por 1.

Step 2: Mark, Cut and Fold / Marca, Corta Y Dobla

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Measure the width of one part of the map (W) and mark it as showed. The black lines shows you where to fold and the red ones where tu cut. The green marks are the original folding parts of the map. Notice that I made black and red lines for showing purpose. You will get a better result just marking points or using a soft pencil.

In my example, W = 10 cm., so W / 2 = 5 cm. and W / 1.2 = 8 cm. aprox.

Cut on red lines (and save the big piece for the next step).

Fold on black lines. I recommend you to score the black lines using the scissors and then fold paper easily.


Mide el ancho de una parte del mapa (W) y marcalo como se muestra. Las lineas negras son dobleces y las rojas donde hay que cortar. Las marcas verdes marcan los dobleces originales del mapa. Fijate que he hecho las lineas negras y rojas solo para mostrarlas. Conseguiras mejores resultados si solo haces marcas o usas un lapiz suavemente.

En mi ejemplo, W = 10 cm., por lo que W / 2 = 5 cm. y W / 1.2 = 8 cm. aprox.

Corta por las lineas rojas (y guarda el trozo mayor para el siguiente paso).

Dobla por las lineas negras. Te recomiendo repasar primero con las tijeras y luego doblar facilmente.

Step 3: Glue and Close the Bag / Pega Y Cierra La Bolsa

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Take the longest piece cutted in previous step and cut it in a half lengthwise. Glue it to the right side of the map, use the scissors again and fold it, and glue with the left side of the map. Be carefully to leave the beautiful side of the map outside. Now you have closed the bag vertically.

Then just close the bottom of the bag, folding and gluing it all as shown.


Toma la pieza mayor cortada en el paso anterior y cortala por la mitad longitudinalmente. Pegala en la parte derecha del mapa, usa las tijeras para marcar y doblar, y pegala a la parte izquierda del mapa. Fijate para dejar hacia afuera la cara mas bonita del mapa. Asi has cerrado la bolsa verticalmente.

Luego simplemente cierra el culo de la bolsa, doblandolo y pegandolo todo como puedes ver.

Step 4: Cut the Handle / Corta El Asa

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Close the flap and flatten the bag. Now mark the handle centered in the flap: red lines to cut, black ones to fold. A good size for it is less than W / 1.2 for length, and 2 cm. or so on for width.
When cutting, notice that you are cutting three layers at the same time: both sides of the bag and the flap.
Fold and glue inwards each of six parts of the handle: this will make it stronger.
Finally, open the flap and make small cuts to help open/close operation.


Cierra la solapa y aplana la bolsa. Ahora marca el asa centrada en la solapa: lineas rojas para cortar, negras para doblar. Una buena medida es algo menor que W / 1.2 de largo, y mas o menos 2 cm. de ancho.
Cuando cortes, fijate que cortas sobre tres capas a la vez: los dos lados de la bolsa y la solapa.
Dobla y pega hacia dentro cada una de las seis partes del asa: la hara mas fuerte.
Finalmente, abre la solapa y haz unos pequenyos cortes en las esquinas para facilitar la apertura y cierre de la bolsa.

Step 5: Put the Gift and Give the Bag / Pon El Regalo Dentro Y Regala La Bolsa

Picture of Put the Gift and Give the Bag / Pon El Regalo Dentro Y Regala La Bolsa

Your friends and family will be surprise when receiving the gift in a DIY bag. And remember you are helping the planet reusing old tourist maps as bags that are also recyclable, of course.

Thank you!


Tus amigos y familiares se sorprenderan al recibir el regalo en una bolsa hecha por ti mismo. Y recuerda que estas ayudando al planeta reutilizando los viejos mapas como bolsas, que tambien son reciclables.



gamer (author)2008-05-17

Very clear instructable! one question, is this Spanish? I can read it easily, but I am not sure if it's Spanish or Italian or something else.... please answer on that. -gamer

jf_blanco (author)gamer2015-12-15

Si, es español ;-)

ansanma (author)gamer2008-05-17

Yes, it's Spanish! I think it will be a great idea if Instructables becomes multi-lingual some day...

FreshPineSent (author)ansanma2008-05-17

Doesn't Google make a translation tool? I'm not sure.

PaulTozzi (author)FreshPineSent2008-05-17

yes. yes, they do.

gamer (author)PaulTozzi2008-05-18

It's not the best though, it's not good at all if you ask me... -gamer

lynmiller (author)gamer2015-12-10

Agreed. I know a preacher who used google translate to interpret a sermon into Russian. He ended up with the sentence, "And you have noone at home to eat" instead of "nothing". Ten years later, his congregation still laughs about it.

DriX (author)ansanma2009-12-20

Me parece recordar, hace un par de años, que instructables tenia la posibilidad de subir instructables en diferentes idiomas. Hasta me parece que habían cosas como "concursos" para traducir instructables a otros idiomas.
O eso, o mi cabeza me falla más de lo que esperaba (o era en otra página :P)


I think I remember some years ago Instructables had the possibility to upload instructables in different languages. 

ansanma (author)DriX2009-12-20

Es la primera noticia que tengo. Si se podía, nadie más me lo ha comentado y parece haber desaparecido del todo. Gracias por el apunte.

ll.13 (author)ansanma2008-05-18

Nice! there's a few other bi-lingual Instructables.

gamer (author)ansanma2008-05-17

It would be pretty sweet.... only if.... oh, we just need to make some great Instructables in languages other than English, and one day, it will happen! Also, I'm trilingual (in order of oldest to most recent): Spanish, French, and English, pretty good base to Roman languages, Spanish and French... anyways... Would be great to read Instructables in other languages!

Grace Rachel (author)2015-12-10

Gracias ! great idea!

SZSTUDIO52 (author)2015-12-08

I've used old blueprints for these. Reinforce the handles since the blueprints can be thinner than the map paper.

Cute idea for an engineer's gift.

el-mejor (author)2015-09-09

Very nice. I was searching something like that. Thanks!

stinkymum (author)2008-05-17

I used to work for an aviation company, and used to use the old Jeppessen chart maps frequently to wrap gifts, which always caused a lot of comments. Your idea is a very good one too.

Kelticpaddler (author)stinkymum2011-05-19

I still do this now. My outdoor & mountaineering friends love it!

Babyshoes (author)stinkymum2008-05-17

Now that's an idea, I'm sure my partner has some outdated aviation maps...

fanykan (author)2010-10-10

gracias por subir al español

fanykan (author)2010-10-10


twistr (author)2010-03-26

great idea..........

brunoip (author)2009-12-20

Te quedo muy bueno.
Que copado poder comentar en español.

oreosmooshy (author)2009-12-08

 If you were planning a surprise trip for your family or something you could put the plane tickets or whatever in that and give it to them :)

Girbska (author)2009-12-03

wow me encantaaaa : ) excelente idea para cualquier ocasión, saludos!

leeny (author)2009-07-30

Thanks for the instructions, my bag worked out really well.

JoseAAV (author)2009-06-17

mae primer instructable k veo en español dms bueno grax por la idea

Alex81 (author)2009-04-23

Great idea, i will try it !!

laideronnette (author)2008-05-26

its simple, cheap, original and actually looks better than loads of conventional wrapping papers. reusing things we would consider trash, limiting the wastes is important too. at least for me :)

JamesRPatrick (author)2008-05-18

Consider yourself flagged. Get yourself a helmet to brace your head for the banhammer.

lordofthedonuts (author)2008-05-18

Please don't spam...

Lego man (author)lordofthedonuts2008-05-18

He has done this to about 31 instuctables now and at least 7 on my orangeboard.

RiddleOfSphinx (author)2008-05-18

Ya know, I might use this some time out of copies of newspaper clippings printed in sepia :D...thanks for the inspiration :D I faved it ;)

lordofthedonuts (author)2008-05-18

Good idea! it'd be great if you could find a way to make it more resistant, to use it maybe as a reusable grocery/shopping bag.

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-05-17

Very nice! I might make one of these Great job

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