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Map Project

Another crafting success! I finally made this for B for Valentines Day and he loved it! We are going to have it up on our gallery wall and it really is cool. The Map Project started when I saw it on Pinterest and it was simple and looks really fancy. :) Mine is a little bit different than the ones I’ve seen but there are so many different variations and you can do whatever is easiest for you. You can even pick different ‘places’ or ‘events’ to highlight as well.

Mine ‘places’ were pretty easy since the place we met, married and now live are all in CA. I started off getting the frame from Walmart for $8 dollars. Then I went to AAA and got maps for FREE. Holla. Then I cautiously cut out larger squares then what I would need, making sure to get the cities name into the center area of each square. I did this by tracing what area I would want up against the window so the sun would show through and it made it much easier to see the part that would be showing through the frame opening.

I also got an embroidery needle and a small thing of embroidery thread as well. Next, I lightly traced out the ‘shape’ I would be ‘sewing’ with the thread in pencil. Then I went through with the needle and thread and followed the pencil line. This was the most difficult part as the needle is pretty large and poking holes into the paper was difficult because I didn’t want to rip the map.

The heart was for where we met, the two circles (rings) were for where we married and the house, obviously, is for where we live now. Then I taped them into the frame and made sure the area highlighted by the sewing was showing well. Then I trimmed some of the excess from the squares.

It was pretty easy and only took me about an hour to complete once I sat down to do it. I am going to add labels underneath each location as well so that when people look at it, they will understand it. For being so inexpensive, it is a great addition to our gallery wall!


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  • Reply AmyC

    Love it! I made one for my husband as an anniversary gift. He hung it in our kitchen.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Kristine

    I love this idea! I think it is such a clever idea. Thanks for sharing this! I can’t wait to make one.

    May 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Abby @ Change of Pace

    That’s awesome! I’ve seen it on Pinterest but wondered how easy/difficult it is to make.

    May 3, 2012 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    I’ve had that idea pinned for awhile too. I love maps and have been hoping to get my act together and actually do this. I like your variation on it :)

    May 4, 2012 at 5:12 am
  • Reply Sarah B

    So cute….I have seen this on Pinterest but wasn’t sure how difficult it would really be. Looks like it is doable and our 9 yr anniversary is coming up…thanks for the gift idea. :)

    May 4, 2012 at 8:53 am
  • Reply fionarwbl

    this is totally amazing! I’m so going to do this! Thanks for the inspiration!

    May 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Ara

    Such a cute idea!!! That would be cute to give my mom & dad for Christmas or something like that.

    May 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply J

    I would love to do this! One problem is that where my husband and I met, got married and now live are in about a 20 mile radius :(

    May 7, 2012 at 4:36 am
  • Reply Kristy

    This is adorable!! It would make a great wedding gift too if you know the couple well enough! Your so crafty!

    May 7, 2012 at 7:32 am
  • Reply Katie Beth

    Cute project!

    May 7, 2012 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Sandy

    So cute! I am going to copy you!! I am sure he loved it!!

    May 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply Julie {Angry Julie Monday}

    It looks great!!! I shall call you “Crafty Runner”…

    May 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Love this!! Such a great idea! Most of our events were in the same city as well, so I like how you worked it!

    May 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply The Blonde

    This is a fantastic wedding gift idea for friends! And luckily, I am looking for a wedding gift idea! :)

    May 9, 2012 at 5:03 am
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