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DIY Map Art

Today, I am sharing another map craft project! I am a little obsessed with collecting maps and using them in my home. Maps are not just for directions. They can help you tell a story or commemorate a happy time in your life.

I recently bought a roll of map wrapping paper, and I knew I wanted to use it to make some type of wall art. This wrapping paper is so lightweight and easy to use. I was able to complete my project in under an hour.

Supplies I Used:

  • Map Wrapping Paper
  • 11″ x 14″ Picture Frame
  • Mod Podge (Satin)
  • Scissors
  • Foam Brush
  • Sharpie Marker (Black)
  • Chalk Paint (White)

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Steps to make the map art:

1. Remove the glass and backing from the frame.

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2. Paint the frame with 1-2 coats of chalk paint. Let it dry for about an hour.

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3.Cut a piece of the map wrapping paper to cover the frame backing.

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4. Apply a layer of Mod Podge on the frame backing. Then, cover it with the map paper. Use your fingers to smooth out any wrinkles in the paper.

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5. Use a black Sharpie marker to write a quote on the glass. Since I do not have nice handwriting, I printed out some words (Segoe Script font) on paper and used it as a guide to trace on the glass.

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6. Finally, put the frame back together. You can either hang it on your wall or display it on a table or desk.

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Enjoy, and don’t forget to share your comments below!

 

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Painted Wall Art

This project is all about painting and positivity. I love encouraging quotes and affirmations, so I decided to paint myself a sign that I could hang on my wall. It will be an uplifting reminder to create daily and continue to use my gifts and talents.

I used the following supplies:

  • Acrylic paint (colors: Pool Blue, Coral Reef, Yellow, Peacock Blue, Lilac Mist, New Shamrock Green)
  • Wood Plaque (bought at Michaels)
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie Paint Pen (White)
  • Flower Stencils

I began by painting the plaque with the Pool Blue paint.

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Once the paint dried, I used the stencils to draw flowers on the plaque.

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Next, I painted the flowers.

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Then I wrote my quote on the plaque using a pencil and paint pen.

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Here’s the finished painting:

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“Create Something Beautiful” is a quote I try to live by everyday. It’s also a quote I get the opportunity to put into practice because of this blog. I love what I do, and I enjoy sharing my projects with all you readers and subscribers.

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DIY Race Car Sign

About a year ago, my husband and I bought my son this awesome car bed:

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He loves the bed, and I am always thinking of ways to decorate around it.

I recently dismantled an old, damaged dresser and saved some pieces from it to use for other craft projects. For this particular project, I used a thin piece of wood from the dresser and painted it a race car theme

 

I started off by sanding the board with fine grit sand paper and spray painting it red.

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Once the paint was dry, I use a Sharpie Paint Pen to draw a road.

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Then, I used stencils and acrylic paint to draw race cars and letters.

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I painted the inside of the letters to make it resemble a racing flag.

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This is the finished sign:

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