Make your own 3-D 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.

 IMG_3862I 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 US 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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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.


  6. 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.

  7. 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:)

  8. 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!

  9. 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 12×12 scrapbook page? Wonder if my Michael’s has this collection. Thanks for a fantastic project. I’m a new fan!