Celebrate the places you two love the most with this special DIY Heart Map.
I’m always looking for more art to hang in my home. Cute as some art in stores is, DIY is always preferred — not to mention, usually a lot more affordable! I love the idea (no pun intended) of celebrating your love with gorgeous maps of the places which are most significant to you.
What you’ll need:
- Maps of places important to you and your beau
- Nice piece of card stock or patterned scrapbook paper for background
- Scrap piece of paper for making a stencil
- Glue stick
- Photos taken at these places (optional)
- Frame (optional)
Let’s do this!
1. You’ll need to decide on how many little hearts you want in your project to figure out how many maps you need. These can be whatever you want, e.g. all the places you’ve lived, your favorite vacation spots, or places that significant moments happened.
I decided on six places, which represent where my husband and I met, where we got engaged, our first apartment together, where we got married, our honeymoon location, and where we live now.
2. Gather your supplies. For the maps, you can use old maps you have lying around, take color copies of atlas pages, or print out some from the internet (such as Google or Bing maps).
3. If you’re going to frame your art like I did, you’ll want to make sure the background paper fits into the frame. The piece of card stock I was using was a little bigger than my frame, so I took the piece of paper that was in between the glass and cardboard backer of the frame (what usually has a stock photo on it), traced around that onto my card stock and cut it out.
4. Based on the size of your background paper, decide how big you’d like your heart to be. Sketch a heart on your piece of scrap paper (or trace one) and cut it out to use as a stencil.
5. Use the stencil you’ve just made to trace a heart around the cities or towns on the maps you’ve chosen.
6. Cut out each heart with scissors.
7. Once all your hearts are cut out from the maps, arrange them on your background paper to figure out the spacing and layout.
8. Now it’s time to start gluing the hearts down! Spread a layer of glue on the backside of each heart, and carefully glue them in place, one at a time (to make sure you don’t mess up the layout).
9. Give the hearts a few minutes to dry, then put it into your frame (if desired), and that’s all there is to it!
10. I had some smaller-sized frames which matched the one I used for the heart art and decided to hang photos taken at some of these locations with it. It looks great – and will look even better hanging on my wall!
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