Thursday, May 31, 2012

How to Make Your Own US Map Wall Art

 Add a punch of color to your wall with this DIYmap wall art project!
My oldest son's room has a retro car theme, and I have seen several license plate maps that I wanted but didn't like the price tag.  So I decided to make my own wall art.


I started by using my Silhouette to cut out three maps:  two on cardstock and one on scrapbook paper.



Then, I taped the cardstock map to a piece of foam (I repurposed an old foam play tile) and used my razor blade to cut the mat to fit the outline.  I then taped the second cardstock map to the back of the foam.

 I used Mod Podge and tissue paper to cover the edges.

Next, I adhered the scrapbook paper map to the front with Mod Podge and painted around the edges with Distress crackle paint in Brushed Pewter.


Finally, to highlight the cracks in the crackle paint, give the paper an aged look,  and seal the project,  I tinted Americana Gloss Varnish with Ranger alcohol ink in Latte.  I brushed this over the surface and edges.

Now my son has a cool map that fits in with his car themed room!  This could also be done with other shapes and papers to fit different room's decor!  Fast, very frugal, and fabulous!

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32 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic! What a fun project, and it turned out so well! Can't wait to feature it on the Facebook page!!

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  2. That is really cool! I've been wanting something similar to this for a while but all the stores seem to charge buck loads for a map like this! Certainly going to remember this one for a future crafty project!

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  3. Wow! I love this. I was looking for some DIY wall art for my room and I've really gotten into route 66 and old signs lately so this is perfect. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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  4. Awesome!!  I'm so glad my tutorial was helpful!  Thanks for the comment!

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  5. Morena, this is really cute! I love it - my son's room is vintage airplanes, so now I'm thinking about how I could incorporate some of these ideas!

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  6. omg!love this and I so have that paper, too! Love seeing creative ways to use stuff! tfs! I also pinned for future inspiration. thanks!

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  7. Miranda, I love that theme! I bet you could come up with so many cool ideas!!

    Tam, Thank you for the compliment and the pin!! Made my day! :)

    I have had that paper forever and was glad to finally come up with a way to use it. LOL!

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  8. This is really cute and so creative! Here from the blog hop and now following, would love for you to come visit too :) Tanya

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  9. I love how it turned out!!! I would like to feature it on my site, but can't find an email address for you. Can you shoot me an email at lorieblogs (at) gmail (dot) com.

    Thanks!

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  10. This is so awesome! You could make and sell these!

    We would LOVE for you to share this in our Crafty Showcase. It runs from Sat thru Thurs. and then we pick our favorites to feature on Friday.

    We also have an ETSY and Craft Business linky

    Have a super weekend,
    Susie
    http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/06/02/saturday-showcase-craft-projects-4/

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  11. Morena, this project for your son is awesome, I am sure it looks perfect on his room theme, and it was easy to make, but must important you came up with the great idea, and it turned out very beautiful. congratulations!. I am your newest follower, come visit me sometime.

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  12. I wish I had a silhouette!!
    love your blog and your projects!

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  13. That is such an amazing project! Seriously. Adore it to pieces. And "In A State of Denial" just cracks me up ...

    Thanks for the inspiration! Now I need to get me a Silhouette ...

    :)

    Linda

    www.itallstartedwithpaint.com

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  14. Haha!  Thanks!  I bought that paper a longtime ago because I thought it was clever.  I'm glad I finally found a use for it!  Glad you like it!

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  15. This is just too clever in so many ways. What a great tutorial and perfect art on the map:) Thank you so very much for sharing at Freedom Fridays! Have a perfectly marvelous "state of mind" for the rest of your week:)

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  16. You are so clever. Looks great. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

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  17. Love it!! Makes me think of summertime vacation travels!
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Round Up party is open!

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  18. Great project...I would like to know the manufacturer of the scrapbook paper you used (right up my alley!). Please email me at puffinliz at yahoo dot com. Thanks!

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  19. Thanks for the compliment.  The paper is from Recollections, Garage Sale My State.  Here is a link:  http://papercrafts.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=sb1211&channelid=

    Hope that helps!

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  20. I'm so glad I check the Silhouette blog today because I found your blog via them. I was looking for bday gift ideas to make using my Silhouette for a neighbor and good friend. He's from Chicago so I thought maybe a subway art type of decor, but now I think your project is even better. I really like the paper because I love the scrapbook paper "State of...". Really, he's such a fit and young "older person", that "state of peace" describes him perfectly! How big is your project? I guess it's smaller than the 12x12 scrapbook page? Wonder if my Michael's has this collection. Thanks for a fantastic project. I'm a new fan!

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  21. Hi there!
    I am featuring your project tomorrow during Sticker Time. I hope you have the time to add my button to your post. Thank you for linking up to my party!

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  22. This is one of the coolest projects I have seen. Thank you so much for sharing. Pinning this for when I have time to make one myself!

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  23. I am loving this! You did a great job. Thank you for entering your projects at the Craftastic Competition. Good luck!

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  24. Who makes the paper? I've never seen it at any of the stores I shop at. Hope they still make it. This is a great project.

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  25. I love it!!! I was also going to ask about the paper. Thanks for posting the link above. :)

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