Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Project House Update: State Love

It's Pinterest Challenge time, yet again! That time of year where you get off your butt and actually make something that you pinned. 

This time I was inspired by a couple of my pins of state art. One pin involved hammering nails into a piece of wood to form the state border and city location and weaving string in between. I don't have time for that and I have two cats that would never have allowed it to survive. The second pin was just a drawn out line of a state and a glitter heart over their hometown. I liked the idea, but come on, where's the challenge in that?

I kind of combined the ideas and came up with this:

A painted image of Arizona on a piece of wood with a heart over Tucson. More to it than just tracing the outline, yet not as tedious as nailing a million tiny little nails.

My supplies included a $10 board from Michaels, some left over house paint for the background, constrasting paint for the state (I was originally going to use turquoise, but I thought that might be too bright and limited my options on places to hang it), stencil brushes ($5 at Michaels), painters tape, a piece of cardboard, a box cutter or exacto knife, and a map of my state.

I placed my board on a magazine on a piece of newpaper. The magazine lets you get paint to completely cover the edges without worrying about it sticking (assuming your piece of wood is bigger than a magazine).

Give it one or two coats of your background shade. I used "Polar Bear", the color we use for all our ceilings.

Create your stencil. I taped the printed out map onto a thin piece of cardboard and traced the border with my box cutter. The lines aren't the smoothest, but if you want very clean lines, I would suggest painter's tape, thinner stencil material, and moving to either Wyoming or Colorado. Remember to do this on a cutting board!

Then, tape your homemade stencil in place., including a tape heart over your home.

Break out your stencil brush and have at it. I ended up using a small sample pot of paint from one of the grays we contemplated painting in the guest room. I just love gray on crisp, clean white.

Voila! Art! The edges are a little ragged, but I like it that way. It makes it more rustic.

Add your hanging hook and find it a home!

Here's where it ended up, in the guest bedroom. The theme of the room is slowly evolving into travel and geography, which I think is pretty kitsch given that the room's meant for our traveling friends and family.

Ignore how it looks off-center on the wall. I need to find another small piece to hang with it. Hopefully, one that will pick up some of the turquoise accent color in the room.


  1. Cute! This has been on my to-do list also. I pinned the one where it is a map of the state in the center too, but I like your version that's just solid. Thanks for sharing.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

  2. I just have to say that I'm so happy I found your blog/you found my blog. I feel like yours is a great mix of real life and DIY and random, and that's how mine is too.

    And this art is super cute, of course.

  3. Super cute! I'm going to try this for gifts. Shhh! don't tell....

  4. I'm loving this! I've been meaning to make something similar, now I just need to get on it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Looks good! I have something similar hanging in my entry way and I love having that reminder of "home" every time I walk by.

    ~em @ small girl, big world

  6. That is such an awesome idea! we love DIY and craft projects

  7. That is a brilliant idea. You are so good at making cool/cute/functional stuff at home!