DIY State Map Art

March 19, 2012

State Map Art |
Elyria may not be the most glamorous town, but it’s where I grew up. It’s where I met my husband and it’s where we fell in love. I thought it deserved a little bit of recognition in our home.

  • printer & cardstock or an old map if you have one on hand
  • needle & embroidery thread
  • cardboard
  • paint
  • scissors
  • mod podge & brush
  • painters tape
  • pen & paper
State Map Art |
1. acquire a map [I printed onto some cardstock, but you could use an old road map or atlas] // 2. choose your wording/font etc. and print that out // 3. & 4. cut the words out and tape them onto the map using painters tape
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1. & 2. use a needle to poke holes over the wording // 3. draw a heart and tape it over your city of choice // 4. use the needle again to poke holes around the outline of the heart // 5. & 6. use embroidery thread to stitch through the holes
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1. cut out the map // 2. paint the cardboard backing // 3. glue the map onto the cardboard // 4. cut out the map allowing a 1” (approx.) border of cardboard // 5. paint the edges // 6. finished! – now you can paint the back or cover it with paper or you can just hand it on the wall
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I propped mine up on our movie shelf, but I think I might make a stanchion for it sometime. I also kind of regret using pink thread for the heart. It’s kind of hard to see from far away. Maybe I’ll color it with a marker or try filling in the heart with more thread? What do you think?


Natalie said...

What a sweet idea for a "love" filled gift! It would be great to add to a scrapbook or make into a card. How thoughtful!

The Mandatory Mooch said...

I have got to do this!! Wonderful project!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight.

Thanks, Nichi