I love personalized art in a home. Something with meaning for you always looks better than generic art from a big-box store.
Both of these prints are lovely, but if you’re like me and don’t feel like spending money you can make your own state love art for free!
I made these prints last year so I don’t have step-by-step photos but the instructions are pretty easy. First, find a printable of the state or states you want to feature. I like these worksheets from About.com
Print off your map. If the state isn’t the size you want for your print you can resize it on a copier. Then pick out a cute piece of scrapbook paper and tape it to the back of your map print-off. Now start cutting! Obviously some states have simpler shapes then others, so if you don’t live in Kansas or Utah this might take a little bit of time.
The next step is to mount the scrapbook paper state onto a solid piece of cardstock in a complementary color. Finally it’s time to add a heart. I just drew hearts until I had a size and shape I was happy with and then I traced that onto a different color of scrapbook paper and cut it out. For my project I did Illinois, where I’m from, and Missouri, where my hubby is from and also where we live, so I put the hearts over our hometowns.
And that’s it! I put them into some simple white frames I picked up from Target that were on clearance for about $4. I absolutely love how they turned out!
And here’s how they look hung up in my bathroom
I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and if you’re here in the Midwest, stay warm!
*Linking up at Serenity Now*