DIY Artwork : State Papercut

Post by Contributing Writer, Emily

We’ve been in our home for a year and a half and we are slowly getting around to painting walls and hanging pictures. I love supporting artists through Etsy, supporting artist friends of mine, finding unique pieces at farmer’s markets, but mostly I love finding and imagining artwork I can create myself easily and inexpensively.

Map prints and other map artwork are quite popular right now it seems. Pinterest and Etsy and all sorts of design blogs are just full of inspiration and ideas.

My husband has lived in a lot of different states and has an affection for anything map related.  I wanted to create something that would highlight the important places that we have lived together as a family.  Oregon, Washington, and Utah are the states we (LOVE).

For this project (a total of three framed maps) I spent less than $10.

Supplies I needed were:

3 frames (8×10)

3 colored pieces of scrapbook paper

3 pieces of white scrapbook paper

a heart shaped paper punch

scraps of paper for heart cut out (I used silver)

Exacto knife, pencil, glue

After cutting your scrapbook paper to size (8″x10″), use a pencil to lightly trace the outline of your desired state. I did this by doing an image search in google for “state name map”.

Then taking your knife and a hard surface, such as a cutting board,  you will want to carefully cut out your state. The more details you can capture, the better! My map of Washington is by far our favorite with all its little inlets. Utah’s straight edges make it a bit unexciting.

Center your map on your colored paper and glue down. Punch a heart out of your desired paper and glue down over the location of your favorite city. Pop them in their frames and hang.

I like the way the layers of paper give them a little texture, as opposed to similar prints that I have seen available for purchase. Plus, you have the joy of knowing you created them yourself  and saved a few dollars in the process!

Emily lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Jeremy and their 3 wild and crazy kiddos! She loves reading, running, baking yummy treats for her family, her early morning yoga, walking to the library and all things creative and crafty. She especially enjoys exploring nature with her children and learning side by side with them. You’ll find her chatting about all aspects of life at her blog, Industrious Emily* and also sharing her crafty side through the blog, Life at the Table.

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1 comment to DIY Artwork : State Papercut

  • Love this creative idea! I can even imagine lots of variations that could be added to this idea – making a trail of frames for different memorable family car trips, making birth state frames (my fam comes from everywhere), etc.


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