Home is Where the Heart Is – Framed Maps Tutorial

I saw this idea on pinterest but the maps were in a floating frame. I just used a regular frame and took the mat out. The crinkled cardboard came with this frame so I used it as my backdrop. This frame is a 14×18″ frame.
Wanna make your own?? It’s really quite easy. Simply go to THIS WEBSITE and find the maps of the states you have lived in and print the maps(click on the print PDF reference map). When printing I always clicked on “fit to printable area” so the print would be the size of my paper (I printed on white cardstock).

Print as many state maps as you need for your project…

 Cut them out using regular scissors (some states are easy!! some not so much!)
 (I don’t have pics of the next step) Basically just lay your maps out the way you want them to look (if you are trying to make them like the one in the floating frame on pinterest simply use double sided tape to adhere each map to the glass inside your floating frame.) I just taped mine to my background. Then I added pre-cut hearts (I had some lying around, you can probably find some at a craft store/ cut them with a die-cut machine/ or hand cut some out or red cardstock). Place the hearts on each map where you have lived, just use double sided sticky tape. Then I used my Silhouette to cut vinyl that said “Home is where the “heart” is” and attached it to the outside of the glass! The font I used is called “Digs My Heart”
 And that’s all there is to it!! P.S. you don’t have to add vinyl if you don’t want.
 I made this for a sweet friend of mine that is moving away. These are all the places she has lived with her sweet family. This makes a great going away gift or a house warming gift!
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Hi I'm Taya! A stay-at-home mother to 5 cuties. I love to craft, sew, blog and make fun things. I'm the creator of the 'Eat-Pray-Create' blog and I'm so glad you're here!

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  1. This is a fun idea – totally suits my family as we have lived in a few places.

  2. I LOVE this! What a great idea for a personal gift – I will definitely be trying this.

  3. Awesome website…can’t wait to receive your weekly Emails!

  4. What a cute idea, especially for someone who is relocating and going to miss the place they are leaving!

  5. What a sweet and thoughtful gift. I’ll bet she misses you everytime she sees it. Happy SITS Day!

  6. Hi From Sits. Do you move around a lot or have family around the country? I could see this being great for military families.

  7. I love this idea! I’ve been looking at all kinds of personal gifts like this as a wedding gift for my sister. This looks fairly easy and very memorable. Thanks!

  8. Such a terrific idea! This would make a great gift, kids room, or decoration. I love it! Happy SITS Day!

  9. Crafty people always amaze me! Visiting from SITS! Enjoy your day!!

  10. What a wonderful and unique idea, thanks to you and my fav, Pinterest! I have lived in three states so, this is going o be fun as I still have a connection with all three.

    This is also a great idea for friends or family who are moving or even returning to one’s city.

    Happy SITS Day!

  11. What a sweet gift! Happy SITS 🙂

  12. Hi, visiting you via the SITS girls. That is a wonderful and fun idea, thanks for sharing. Wish you the best with your blog!

  13. Perfect family project, wish I’d thought of something like this as a visual for our boys when they were younger.

  14. HI! I can’t find the maps to print out;/ could you give me the website name? Thanks!

  15. HI! Any idea where a Canadian would go for a provincial map!? Thanks!!

    • Great question! I am not sure. Maybe try google search and look through images and see if you can find one you like. Let me know if you find any good ones!

  16. What a great idea!!!


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