I love the idea of decorating with art that means something–that tells a story throughout your home. Like the picture of sunflowers that my grandmother painted that is in my dining room. Or the picture my mom painted in our entryway of me when I was a little girl. Or the poster that is in our guestroom where all of our wedding guests signed their names. I’ve also been loving this Palm Springs artwork that I got from FINEPRINTCO.
I have wanted to use maps as “story art” for a while, so I went to Pinterest for some inspiration. There are a lot of “where you have lived” ideas, but J and I have only lived together in Raleigh, so that would be kind of lame. Then I saw this one and knew I had to recreate this map-craft idea:
I had an empty frame and an NC map, so all I needed to buy was the paper, which cost me a total of $0.42. I destroyed our NC map in the process, but thanks to our fancy phones with a GPS, this map was just collecting dust in our car.
At first I cut out the maps in hearts, but it didn’t quite look right on top of the paper so I decided to cut hearts on the paper and put the maps behind them.
We had an empty space on the hallway leading to the bedrooms, so I created it to hang vertically. It makes me happy every time I walk past it. :)
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We met: Boone, NC.
We married: Greensboro, NC.
We live: Raleigh, NC.
Have you ever decorated with maps before? Do you showcase art or momentos from places that you have lived?
Super Cute and ‘loveable’ idea!!!
So cute! I love this idea
This is very cute! I’ll have to do this.
I love, love, love this idea!
You have got to check out Running from the Law’s map decoration. It was AWESOME. She did a whole wall and the end result was stunning.
That is a great idea and cost effective!
@Marty — I just looked it up, and that is amazing! I love it! For those interested, she is referring to this post: http://runninglawyer.blogspot.com/2011/07/home-project-map-wall.html
Thanks for sharing! :)
That is too cute! I’ve wanted to decorate with maps before, but I’ve never really found a map I liked or come up with a ‘real’ reason to do so. I may have to steal this idea a few years down the road!
I think it’s a great idea to use maps to decorate. Another idea my wife and I had is, instead of maps, using old sheet music in a similar way (but we were music majors, so perhaps that has something to do with it). :-)
I just made this for our family, for the places we were born.
I love it, it turned out so cute.
Spooky – I just did a post about doing a very similar (yet different) project! Must be something in the air! Looks great.
My brother and I were both born in the Panama Canal Zone (Army brats). One year I found two vintage maps of the area, from back in the day, for about $3-4 each. Gave them to him, and he had them pressed, dry mounted and framed nicely. They hang in his home office, but could easily work in a library, family room or living room. And, it’s a really personal piece of art. Maps are fun.
I absolutely adore your project. I just had to pin it on Pinterest.
that is such a great idea. I’ve never seen it done before. I love it.
I LOVE this! What a great idea