I love map art, as you can probably tell from my other projects here and here. I’ve seen lots of diy heart map art around Pinterest and had been dying to make some. I had a friend’s birthday coming up so I decided to make a couple for her.
DIY Heart Map Art
Heavy weight paper
Map of city of your choice
*I used a square shadowbox type frame I got at Joann Fabric’s.
I drew a heart and printed it out on 20lb paper. It’s heavy like card stock and you can get it at any office supply store. I got mine (a 500 sheet set) at Office Depot, which I’m actually running low on since I’v used it on a ton of projects.
You can print this heart outline out here. It should print out to around 5″x4.5″ and centered on a 8.5×11 sheet. But do a test print on a regular sheet of paper first, just in case I screwed something up :). Or insert it into Word as a picture and edit the size depending on your frame size.
Measure the opening of the frame and cut the heart outline printout sheet to size, with the heart centered. Then just cut out the heart opening.
Cut a square piece of map larger than your heart outline. Spray the glue onto the back of the heart outline cut-out sheet and stick the map to it.
Take the cardboard piece that comes with the frame and spray glue that to the back of the map and cutout. That way it will look more finished on the back.
Update: I gave them to her last night and she loved them so much that she asked me to make one of Spain (where she was born) and Miami (where she was raised) for her next birthday.
Here are a few more layouts you could try: