DIY {Do It Yourself} Friday: Guest Blogger Mique // Personalized World Map

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful week! I am over here still *trying* to move. We can’t really do much but put things in boxes as the house painting took almost 3 weeks, this weekend we need to fix the floors, then next the kitchen countertops… and THEN we can move. It’s all a bit mind frazzling and stressful going between here and there. I am so looking forward to the day when this is all over and we are back to some normal way of life.

Anyway, in the meantime, I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I called on some friends to help me with DIYF. I promise, I will have TONS of DIYF’s coming up in the next couple months as Brandon and I fix up our new home. But until then I KNOW you will LOVE all my friends as I have to admit they are WAYYY more crafty than me!

Meet Mique {pronounced Mickey}. She is AMAZING! I first met her at The Queen Bee Market that her and her sister Jess run. They are the sweetest people, so kind and loving and were so hospitable to me when I came down last Spring. {BTW, I will be there at the November market…come see me!!} Mique blogs over at 30 Handmade Days and has quite a following, so it is SUCH an honor to have her here! Make sure to leave a thank you comment for Mique today and hop on over to her blog and check out her other crafts! Thanks Mique, you’re the best!! xoxo

Lately I’ve had a fun time with a few home decor projects. Today’s personalized world map was easy to make and I love how it turned out.
I found my inspiration over the weekend at Paper Source- a cute little card with some embroidery thread attached. Lindsey showed me the specialty world map paper that they had and my wheels started turning. This big world map was born.

Specialty paper at Paper Source= $3.99
The frame was a find at Target on clearance, 18×24= $4.26
Other supplies, had on hand.
So for $8.25 I have a new favorite piece of art to hang.
This is how you can make your own personalized world map:

Using a pen, mark spots on world map that you’ve visited.
Then with the embroidery thread and needle make an x for each spot.

I used a few colors. One represented places we’d been as a couple, another for places we’ve been as a family, and others for places we’ve been separately. You could just use one color if you want. I think it’s kind of fun to break it up a bit.
Some places that I’ve been: Costa Rica, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Paris
Places we’ve been together: Tahiti, Brazil, Kauai, the Caribbean

Because I have a Silhouette, it was really easy to make this cute little saying and adhere it to the personalized world map. I created the file in the Silhouette program, weeded it and adhered it.
If you don’t have a Silhouette, you could use stickers found at a craft store. Or you could print something on your computer and glue it down as well.

This is what it looked like after adhering the vinyl.

My frame was originally boring old brown. I wanted to make it pop a bit. I first tried to paint it but that didn’t go over well. So I used some aqua spray paint and love the end result. Note- using spray paint in windy conditions is not the smartest idea.

It was really hard to take a picture that showed off how fun this turned out.

I love that we have a map that we can look back on and add to as we explore the world more.

What is your favorite place in the world?

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