DIY State Wall Decor

DIY STATE

I was browsing through Hobby Lobby and I saw this big white frame with plain burlap in the middle.  It was $20 and I had a 40% off coupon (I actually just google “Hobby Lobby Coupon” on my phone while I’m in line and they always have a 40% one that you can pull up) so it ended up costing me $12!  I’m pretty sure it was meant to be a bulletin board, but I’ve been looking for some art for my bathroom, and I thought I could paint something on this to make it work.    Here’s how it looked when I picked it up:

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I was inspired by those “State String Art” projects, but I don’t think I have enough patience for that, so I decided to paint Illinois on the board instead.

I first did a Google image search for “Illinois Silhouette”.  I just picked the one that I thought was the most clear and printed it off my computer.  I made it pretty big – it ended up printing on 4 pages.  I matched up the 4 pages and taped them together.  I traced the big state onto a large piece of white paper.  Here is a picture of my taped together state that I printed off my computer, and the traced state on the big piece of paper.  (I always keep a big roll of white paper in my house – I use it ALL the time – you can get one on Amazon here.)

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When I was done tracing, I used an Exacto Blade to cut out Illinois from by big piece of paper.  I taped the negative space from the state onto my frame and burlap and spray painted it white.  Here is a picture what that looked like:

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I let it dry and pulled the paper off.

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The edges didn’t come out as crisp as I had hoped, so I grabbed a paint pen and went around the edges.  That made my “oops” spots at the bottom not as noticeable, too (in my opinion).

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After that was all dry, I hot glued a heart shaped button over where we live.

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Then I hung it in our bathroom!

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This would be easy to do with any state.  Great gift for a family member or friend!  My mother-in-law suggested it would be cute on a pillow, too.  I agree!

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