Maps can add visual interest to a wedding. Locations that are personal to the couple can be used for escort cards and their corresponding table "destinations". On a smaller scale (such as a dinner party), guests can have fun finding their seats by votives that depict map locations that are specifically chosen for them.
You can cover coordinated matchboxes by measuring and cutting paper to fit around the box. Make sure to leave one side of the striking surface uncovered. Use double sided tape or decoupage. These may also be used as favors and are a fun way to inject a little of your own style into an event.
Glass votives can be found at any craft store and the smaller ones are sold in packs. You will first need to create a template. For votives with even lengths on top and bottom, just measure around the circumference, adding 1/4 inch to the width. Next, measure the height, draw these dimensions onto clear plastic (I used a report cover), and cut them out. This is your template.
For votives that taper from top to bottom, there needs to be a slight curve in the template. Wrap a piece of paper firmly around the votive and trace along the top and bottom edge of the votive onto the paper. Unroll the paper and cut out the shape, adding a 1/4 inch to width. Trace onto plastic and cut out your template.
You may cut with straight edge scissors or try pretty, scalloped scissors. Attach the paper to the votives with double sided tape or for a more finished look, decoupage with 2-3 coats of Mod Podge.
This is a simple DIY craft project for a dinner party or wedding reception. Mum and I decoupaged about a hundred of these for my wedding. We used Japanese washi paper in the cherry blossom motif seen above. They look lovely grouped around the centerpieces or marching down the center of a long table.