Thursday, April 30, 2015

How to Make a DIY Heart Map Art and Free Printable

This DIY Heart Map Art showcases areas that represent special cities in your life. For example, my husband, myself, and my son were born in the same city. Then, we all lived in the same city where my husband and I grew up. Because of this, I only needed to highlight a small section of a state map. We have since moved from this city, but to quote Oliver Wendell Holmes,

 "Where we love is home...home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." 


How to Make a DIY Heart Map Art
Create your own, unique map art



I purchased a new picture frame for this project. The frame had a bar code insert. I used this insert as reference to cut the area of map to fit in the frame. I placed the insert over the area where I wanted to highlight in the frame. Using an Exacto knife, I cut around the edges of the insert.


How to Make a DIY Heart Map Art

Next, to make the heart, I first needed to create a template. I needed a heart shape to fit in a 5x7 picture frame. I created this silhouette in Picmonkey and printed the shape on to a piece of computer paper. You are welcome to download a free heart printable below.



With the Exacto knife, I cut out the heart shape. Then, I placed the heart over the cities that I wanted to showcase. With a pencil, I marked where the edge of the heart template needed to be cut.


With my template created, I chose an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of scrapbook paper. I made sure I had two scrapbook papers in the same color, just in case I made a mistake while making the cutout heart.




Using the Exacto knife, I carefully cut around the template for the heart frame. I put the scrapbook heart in the frame. I needed to trim off a bit of the bottom of the heart for it to fit properly. After making sure everything fit together nicely, I put the heart map art together. 




Now I am able to showcase the cities that have fond memories for my family and I.

>>>>>Download the heart silhouette printable


How many cities would you need to place on your diy heart map art?



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29 comments:

  1. That is a really cue idea, Kathy. I think this might be a perfect little gift for my daughter that is moving out of state and has lived in hometown almost her whole life. PERFECT!!!! xo Diana

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    1. I am so glad you like it! Thank you for stopping by! xo

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  2. What a great DIY, Kathy! I have seen so many of these in catalogs and they are PRICEY! I have always loved the look, but not the cost...now I can do it on my own. Awesome!

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment, Kim. Thank you for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!

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  3. I know that map art is really popular now and the one you made is so nice. Thanks for sharing how to make one! Enjoy the weekend.
    Julie xo

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    1. Thank you Julie! This was a fun project. :)
      Have a great day!

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  4. Kathy, this is just darling!! It would make such a sweet gift too.
    xo Sally

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment, Sally. What a great idea for a gift. Mother's Day is coming up!

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  5. This is such a great idea so sweet!

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  6. Too Cute! I guess I'd have to make about 7 of these hearts! I just popped in from Take Two Tapas link party and think your site is adorable!

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    1. Thank you Noel. You can find on Pinterest cute ways to display those 7 hearts. Thanks for stopping by from the party!

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  7. Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing this at the #HomeMattersParty. We hope to see you again this Friday! Have a great week!

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  8. Hi Kathy, super cute idea! My daughter actually moved to Seattle, WA, and I was looking for a craft, where I can say my love is and this fits perfectly! Can't wait to make it! Thank you for the tutorial!Would love for you to link and share at OhMyHeartsieGirl Wordless Wednesday!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Christine@CherishingaSweetLife

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    1. Thank you Christine for the sweet comment. I will stop by the party!

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  9. Why are maps so irresistible? Thanks for posting. Hello from Treasure Box Tuesday.

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  10. Such a cute idea; I've seen something similar before where it seemed they'd cut out a heart from the map; I like this way around better; much easier to play around with the exact positioning and angle of the map afterwards once you've got the heart frame in place.
    I also really liked reading that you'd 'highlighted' areas. I see now that you meant just what part of the map you used, but it first looked like you'd even coloured different points in yellow - that would be cute too ;-)

    Great job!

    #SHINEbloghop

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Steph. I have seen that idea also. That might be another idea I will have to try!

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  11. Kathy, this is so sweet and so creative! Pinned! I am featuring it at Treasure Box Tuesday when we get started tonight (8 pm EST)! Thank you for linking up with us!

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    1. Thank you very much for the Pin, Joy. See you at the next party!

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  12. This looks incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thank you for the Pin and Tweet. :) See you at the next party!

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  13. I love the idea!
    Hope you will share it with Idea Box this week:
    http://milaslittlethings.com/2015/05/idea-box-thursday-link-party-11.html

    Hugs,
    Mila

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