So, one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, does a Pinterest Challenge where they urge people to stop pinning and start actually doing what they've been pinning! I hopped on board with my own Pinterest Challenge and actually completed a DIY project!
I started with my Pinterest inspiration image:
I'm sure you've seen similar "state art" images floating around the web. I thought they were cute and decided to make my own version of one for my parents as a Christmas gift. I wanted to include the four places we have lived as a family: Michigan, Tennessee, Mexico, and Dubai. Hopefully this will give you an easy, step-by-step tutorial of how to do one for yourself!
Step 1: Search google for geographically correct state/country outline images. Once I got these I printed them out and made sure they were about the same size on the paper (I didn't care if the sizes were geographically correct in comparison to each other)
Step 2: Copy these images onto cardstock in REFLECTION mode, meaning copy them backwards (this avoids seeing the lines after you imperfectly cut them out). Many copiers have this setting. I used the copiers at FedEx Office:
Step 3: Cut them out. This was easily the worst part of the project. For the record, Michigan is NOT an easy state to cut out! This is how I felt while doing it:
After cutting them out (my hands/fingers were SORE), they looked like this:
Step 4: Cut out the background of the frame. I used simple posterboard for this (yay for inexpensive projects!):
Step 5: Place the states/countries on the background. Be careful when spacing them because you don't want the frame to cover them and you want to leave room for the lettering at the bottom:
Step 6: Place heart stickers on the specific cities you lived. This can obviously be done before Step 5:
Step 7: Glue them down. Obviously make sure that's where you REALLY want them!
Step 8: Add lettering at the bottom if you want. I used 3D foam sticky letters from Michaels. It gave the lettering a nice pop and made the letters not look flat and boring:
I just eyeballed the lettering at the bottom. I didn't want it to look TOO perfect (umm...check):
Anyway, that's the final product! I think it turned out really cute and my parents loved it. All of the supplies including the frame and copying came out to less than $40. If you can find a super inexpensive frame it would be even cheaper. Hope this was helpful!