For the full tutorial, please see the site linked above. However, I did a few things differently that made this less messy. To see my changes and find tips that could make it even easier, continue reading this post!
What you’ll need:
- glitter scrapbook paper (you can get single sheets at Michael’s) or you can just get glitter
- regular scrapbook paper
- scissors OR an X-Acto knife
- Elmer’s glue OR double-sided tape
- frames (mine are 8 inches x 8 inches)
- heart-shaped brads
- a large sewing needle (not for sewing, don’t worry )
- print outs of your state, which you can get here
Step 01: Gather your supplies. I realize the big question here is, “What are brads?” I don’t know why they’re called that, but I can show you what they look like:
They look like those things you use to keep loose leaf paper together. I found them on an end cap near the scrapbook paper.
Step 02: Print out your state and cut along the border. Once your state is completely cut out, you have two options.
1) Spread glue or mod podge on the state and dump glitter all over it. This is the messy way…obviously.
2) This is the one I chose. Use the cut out to trace your state on the glitter paper and then cut out the shape again. If you choose this option, remember to place the cut out upside-down, since you’ll be tracing it on the back of the glitter paper. (I forgot to do this and didn’t realize it until after I cut it out. Needless to say, I was very glad I bought an extra piece of paper.)
Step 03: Once you have your glitterized paper ready, cut your regular scrapbook paper down so it fits the frame. Glue the glitter paper to the scrapbook paper. Let that dry.
Step 04: Once it’s dry, use a needle to poke a hole in the city you want to emphasize. (As a guide, I placed the state that I had printed on top of my glitter paper and poked a hole through both.) Then, take one of your brads, slide the ends through the hole, and open them so they lay flat against the back of the paper.
Step 05: Place in the frame and hang! I got my frames from Michael’s. They were on clearance, so I grabbed a few.
I didn’t take pictures of the process because I forgot. Mainly. But I have pictures of the end result!
I did three. One of the US (emphasizing the states we’ve lived in since we’ve been married–I’m thinking of changing it to states we’ve been to together). Mainly I did that one because I felt like we needed a third. The area definitely looks more complete with it. Also, sorry to Alaska and Hawaii…these were hard enough to cut out without adding those two. I may add them later, though. The second is West Virginia, which is where we’re from. The last is Georgia, which is where we now live!
Colors: West Virginia was the first I chose, and I went with blue and gold for WVU. I chose the rest to match it after that.
I debated on doing the same for Georgia, but I hated red and black and I wanted it to look like it all went together. So I decided to stick with the gold in all of the cut outs and then choose a neutral for Georgia. I really liked the grey stripes, so I went with that.
I did the US later. I chose the grey hexagons because I didn’t want to over-do the strips, but I felt like it needed another neutral pattern. I feel like that tied it all together really well.
This is probably the happiest I’ve ever been with one of my projects. I get the feeling Zach agrees–he was very excited about this. (Actually, he was the one who suggested I do one of the continental US.)
What states would be up on your wall?