Pretty map art

It’s always nice when you’re creating something to make it personal. Using a name or place that means something to you for inspiration makes it all the more special. We found this very pretty piece on The Harpster Home using a map of Ohio for inspiration but we’re thinking you could just a map of anywhere you are and make it just as pretty.

“Here’s the How-To:

First step is to ask a hot, bearded man to pretty-please cut out a 12″ x 12″ board for you. And if he’s extra nice he’ll even sand it for you and make a nice beveled edge. Sometimes he charges a kiss or a squeeze on the tushie. You gotta do what you gotta do.

I chose a primer that was gray — which I don’t recommend if you’re painting with a light color like I did. I had to do approximately 7,452,968 coats of paint to get a nice cover.

Once the board is primed and painted you can lay out all of the supplies you’ll need in an OCD fashion like so:

Using painters tape — because it won’t pull up the paint — tape down your template of whichever state you love the most. I printed a map from the internets, trimmed around the edges, and cut out a heart shape around Columbus. Nothing scientific.

And then the fun part: whacking away at the nails with a hammer. I’m going to warn you, this is a long process. And if you have weak little child-wrists like I do, you’ll probably have to take a break or three. But it’s worth it in the end, I promise.

Once you’ve gone all the way around the border of your template and the heart, you can pull that baby up.

And now admire your handy work:

To start your string, tie a tight knot around whichever nail you’re going to start and finish with. You can trim off the excess when you’re all finished.

Wrap your string back and forth from the state’s edge, to the heart, and repeat about 16 thousand times.

I wish I would’ve made the heart a little bigger so I didn’t have to wrap around the same nail so many times, but it still turned out okay.

Once you make it all around the state, knot the string around the same nail you started with. Trim off the extra, take a shot of tequila, and then do a celebratory lap around the house because you’re all done!


What do you think? Will you try it out with another map?

Happy Crafting

Handsome and Pretty

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