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DIY USA Quilt Map Art

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I recently spotted a gorgeous, artistically designed, framed wooden US map in a shop window and was hoping to purchase it for the final piece of our bathroom remodel. Alas, with a price tag of $650 (which was more than we spent for the new slate tile floor!) that just wasn’t happening. Then I remembered a framed wooden something or other (not quite sure what it used to be...) Coach had stored in the barn awhile back. So I grabbed it, along with some basic scrapbooking supplies and created my USA Quilt Map for free!! For the complete tutorial, please visit my blog http://countrydesignhome.com/2013/09/24/the-art-of-the-map/
  • diy usa quilt map art, crafts, decoupage
This is the finished framed USA map hanging on the remodeled rustic bathroom wall. Colorful and country, reminiscent of an old quilt grandma might have made. One of my all-time favorite DIY projects.
  • diy usa quilt map art, crafts, decoupage
This was the framed piece of wood I had available. You could certainly use any type of wood, with or without a frame. Just make sure that the area where the map is attached is smooth and clear-don't want a lumpy map!
  • diy usa quilt map art, crafts, decoupage
For the USA pattern, I just downloaded it, then enlarged it on blockposters.com. You can read about this on my blog post. http://countrydesignhome.com/2013/09/24/the-art-of-the-map/
  • diy usa quilt map art, crafts, decoupage
These are the scrapbooking paper strips I cut to resemble the painted wood strips. These are papers I had kicking around from my obsessive scrapbooking days. I placed them in random order, balancing the colors and adding a little interest (like baseball on the east coast and flowers in Florida)
  • diy usa quilt map art, crafts, decoupage
The finished map was affixed to a piece of black poster board with Elmers's Craft Adhesive, then finished with a coat of Martha Stewart Decoupage (I find hers to be the smoothest and easiest to work with). The finished black poster board almost has a leather-like appearance, especially after I tacked the corners with some rustic black tacks. For the complete DIY tutorial and additional information, please visit my blog post: http://countrydesignhome.com/2013/09/24/the-art-of-the-map/

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Got a question about this project?

  • Karen Hawkins
    Karen Hawkins Clinton, IL

    This would be beautiful in my son's home.

    • Sue@CountryDesignHome
      Sue@CountryDesignHome Wakefield, MA

      @Karen Hawkins So easy to make Karen! You can use any scraps you have, even newspaper or magazines cut into strips. With some old planking or a picture frame, you are good to go! And you could customize it to any size you like!

  • Cyndi G
    Cyndi G Yantis, TX

    VERY Cute!!!!

  • Salvage Sister and Mister

    This is exactly what we love. Love using us things that people wouldn't think are usable into something AMAZING!

  • Kelly S
    Kelly S Bremerton, WA

    This looks like a project for some of my thrift store neckties. I could lay them out, zig-zag sew together then cut out the outline in luan and place over the ties. Thank you.

    • Kelly S
      Kelly S Bremerton, WA

      @Sue@CountryDesignHome not yet. Thanks for reminding me! There are so many ideas here that I tend to get lost looking and never get doing!

  • Kate Schleinkofer

    Love it!

    • Kate Schleinkofer

      You bet! Planning to combine this with a grouping of prints made from the scrapbook paper and am going to hang it near an antique globe that I love. I'll be sure to post pictures - thanks for the inspiration!

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