We’re jumping on the map décor bandwagon, and loving it!
Document your journey by cutting out individual states you’ve lived in and adding a printed message. Watch for framed pictures to go on sale as they are sometimes cheaper than empty frames. Frame (1).
Send your love a reminder of what they mean to you with this handmade card. Card stock (1); words and heart printed.
Keep track of your favorite pictures or your to-do list in style. Print state templates and trace onto cork (we found this painted cork in a circle on clearance). Using an Exacto knife, cut the states out and tie them together with a heart for your Kansas City love. For the heart, we simply flipped over a pieces of cork and painted it with craft paint. Hang using Command strips or add them to a larger cork board. Cork mat (1).
Making paper flowers isn’t as difficult as one might think. For this simple rosette design, cut 6in. x 6 in. squares from maps. Cut those squares into spirals, squaring off the outside end. Start rolling tightly from the outside end so that the center of your spiral acts as a cap on the bottom of the flower. Secure the flower on the bottom with hot glue. Once dry, add flowers as embellishments (see globe on previous page), or stick them on inexpensive floral stems (this stem group only cost $1; we easily removed the previous flowers.) Plastic stems (2).
Create your own statement with a spin on the globe trend. We printed these words on printable stickers and painted the whole globe with craft paint. You may need to do some paint cleanup on the letters, but the paint easily scratches off. Add embellishments and display on a bookshelf or desk. Globe from Sparks Flea Market; zeppelin, craft paint, stickers (1); for flower tutorial, turn the page.
Document your love of travel with cutouts pasted to a simple chalkboard. Use a chalk pen to write your own memorable message.
Chalkboard (2); chalk pen (1).
Map your local, national or world adventures with an easy light display. Punch through all the places you’ve been with a pencil and poke lights through.
Foam board (2); battery-powered LED string lights (1).
This simple metal tray serves a new purpose with a little paint, a map and painted magnetic letters. Tray and letters (2).
Put calligraphy skills to use with this project that spans the whole country. Daily inspiration included. Hang your project in a unique way with a thrift store hanger.
Create a wall grouping with maps of your neighborhood and city. Tie them all together with a coordinating backing paper. Frames (2); “you are here” cutout (3); striped paper (1).
Make any statement your heart desires with large letter cutouts. Watch for sales on these types of letters at craft stores, they are frequently marked 50 percent off. These cost just $1 each. Trace and cut the letters out of a large map and affix with Mod Podge. Add hangers to the backs or lean on a shelf. Stand-up letters are also available. Letters (1).
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