Monday, August 16, 2010

All Mapped Out

Here's a quick and easy project that I made for Happy Vee's Travel-themed room.  I know I say "quick and easy" far too often, but really... it was quick and easy!

I bought an unfinished wood letter months ago on the cheap (JoAnns on sale) and The Mister picked up the map (at my request) on his last trip to The Automobile Club (if you're a member, maps are free!).

Besides the letter and map, you'll also need a paint brush and...

mod podge :: jute twine :: tacky glue (or a hot glue gun)

place letter on the map...
I wanted to capture the Los Angeles coastal region, including the ocean, so that's why the letter is laid out at an odd angle.
trace letter and cut it out...
it's okay if the paper that you cut out is slightly larger than the wood letter

Okay, here's where I neglected to take photos (sorry, I tend to get ahead of myself):

-using modge podge, glue that piece of map that you just cut out to the wood letter.

-paint on a coat of modge podge on top of the map to seal. Let dry.

- wrap twine around letter (the twine adds a little texture to the edges and is why a little map overhang is okay).  I used tacky glue, but a glue gun would work too.



Now I just need to bite the bullet and hang up the wall gallery that I have planned for Happy Vee's room... Yep, I'm procrastinating again!

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  1. I love this! So cute & so simple (and on the cheap..even better)!!!

  2. great idea! Love that you used the part of the map that means something to you!

  3. Very nice. Great interesting texture between the map and the twine.

  4. Thanks Ladies! Now I'm of thinking of doing his name using maps from places important to us... back to AAA I go :)

  5. i love howe this turned out! i really love the surprise on the sides with the twine! partying w/ you from CSI

    love your guts

  6. Love this! A map would be great in my son's room! I"m your newest follower!

  7. Er hello, pick up, I know you're there, helloooo!
    I love this and will do it for my friends little boys (one of which is still in the tummy) - thanks for the courage. I have seen this on etsy - now I will make my own :) Though in N. Ireland we don't have the best craft shops...

  8. Again, thanks thanks thanks! Your comments make my day!!! :)

  9. I love this! So simple, but so cute!

  10. I love this! The added twine completes this. Very cool!


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