Thursday, July 9, 2015

DIY Map Crafts and Pinterest Poser Challenge

Some people collect spoons or keychains or coffee mugs. On our road trip last week, Wade collected maps and flyers. He picked up one or two or seven different flyers and maps at every single stop we made.  

And yeah, he isn't wearing any shoes.  I started calling him the Britney Spears of road trips because he loved going barefoot everywhere (and after 1,500 miles on the road, I let him).

After being gone for 10 days and making a gajillion stops, he had quite the collection.  After throwing quite a bit of it in the recycling, I decided to do something crafty with the maps.  So, I headed over to Pinterest for inspiration and found some ideas.  For this week's Pinterest Poser Challenge* I got crafty with maps. 

*In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,** every week-ish I detail a new project/idea/recipe inspired by Pinterest.
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.

This was fun and simple and free.  And it's meaningful! 

I grabbed the maps.
Cut out some triangles. I tried to get one from each state we visited and cut out close to some of the cities we visited.
I jabbed my scissors into the triangles in two spots, making holes for the ribbon.
I found white ribbon (the kind used to wrap gifts) in my craft cabinet and threaded it through the jagged holes in the triangles.
Then I duct taped it to the siding on my front porch. 

Boosh! DIY Map Bunting!

Some DIY stuff you see on Pinterest totally overcomplicates stuff in my opinion. Sure I didn't cut straight lines and nothing at all is perfect about this bunting, but I love it. It used maps we got on an awesome road trip full of good memories, it only took about 20 minutes to make and it makes us happy. No need for straight lines or perfection here.
We fell in love with Memphis on our road trip. 
And now I love that we have this map bunting reminding us of our trip and our adventure!

I just love these flowers.
Because Wade's collection was so vast, even after the DIY bunting I had plenty of map leftover.  So, I made a sign with a quote from a Mamas and Papas song. Because of course, right?

I actually got the idea from an artist I follow mostly on Instagram.  Her name is Amy Turn Sharp and she is fabulous and interesting (click here to go to her web site).  

For my project, I grabbed a box and cut a square out.  Then I cut the map to fit around it. I ModPodged the map onto the box cut out.  After it dried I wrote the quote with a Sharpie. 

Boosh! Cool little sign-poster-thingy!  

Here's part of the inspiration for the above quote, one of my all time fav songs--

(Click here to watch/listen to the video.)

How is your summer going so far? Have you gone on a road trip? Have you made anything inspired by Pinterest lately? Let me know in the comments or over on my Facebook page.

Here are some of the Pinterest projects I've done/made/attempted:

Homemade Chalk Paint- click here
A Flower Crown- click here
The Rainbow Challenge- click here
DIY Trundle Bed- Click here
DIY Artemis Costume- click here
Taking Pictures of Your Kids- click here
Gluten Free Pretzels- click here
Cinnamon Sugar Doughballs- click here
Painted Lockers- click here
Melted Beads- DIY Suncatcher- click here
Tissue Paper Pom Pom Garland-- click here
A Delightfully Simple Birthday Party--click here
Make An Awesome Omelet--click here
Outdoor Lights Inspired by the show Parenthood- click here
Herb Garden with Chalkboard Pots- click here
Backyard Graffiti Art with kids- click here
Happiness Notecards- click here
Gluten Free Rainbow Cake- click here
Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies- click here
Make Your Own Magnets- click here
DIY Painted Clay Necklace- click here
Dixie Cup Lights- click here
DIY Ornaments-click here
Gluten Free Clay- click here
Make Your Own Stamps- click here
Birthday Shirt- click here
Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here
Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowers- click here
Earth Day Cupcakes- Click here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Fun- click here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

1 comment:

  1. I love map projects! Christian has a ton of maps, so if I haven't already thrown them out, I'm going to try the quote project!