Monday, August 31, 2015

Map Crafts

map crafts
It's not a new concept to use old maps as art, but I've recently seen a few unique ideas for how to personalize them to make great conversation pieces. Here are a few ideas for adding DIY wall art and other accents to your abode:

map hearts artwork

Cut hearts out of favorite vacation spots or other significant locations to remind you of all the places you know and love.

map string art

Martha Stewart suggests stitching thread along a map to use as a visual trip down memory lane. Make several of these for a gallery wall that also displays memorabilia.

map coasters

Martha strikes again by showing us how to decoupage maps onto cork tiles to use as coasters.

You could also use maps to decoupage letters for a typographical ode to a favorite spot. These are from Urban Outfitters, but you could easily make your own.

map letters

Little White Dog on Etsy also has some that are more 3D.

map wedding art

DIY Newlyweds has a tutorial for how to use a map of your honeymoon destination to mat a favorite photo.

large map wall art

Or just use one large map as an impressive wall hanging as shown on Decor Pad...

framed nautical map

and here on Jenny Castle Design.

Finally, you could use maps to refurb a tired or boring piece of furniture. Check out this dresser and coffee table.

map dresser

map coffee table

Where do your maps take you?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Country Living Fair Ticket Giveaway!

free tickets to country living fair

Guys, I'm so excited to help Country Living magazine promote the Country Living Fair by giving away a pair of tickets to the show, held September 18-20, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. This year's Fair is bound to be another spectacular success with appearances by:
  • Cooking Channel’s “The Fabulous Beekman Boys”
  • Cari Cucksey, star of HGTV’s Cash & Cari
  • Joanne Palmisano, contributing DIY NETWORK designer, stylist

Plus, live music, hundreds of vendors, and yummy food won't want to miss it!

To enter, leave me a comment with your email address and the reason why you want to attend the Country Living Fair this year. I'll notify the winners by Friday, September 11, 2015.

To whet your appetite, here are some pics I've taken from previous years:

Ok, leave me a comment...and good luck!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

10 Sensational String Art Projects

10 string art projects

Hey, good morning! I was in the mood to do a little crafting over the weekend and have always wanted to try string art. It looks pretty simple, and--although a little tedious pounding in the nails--it was! Here's some of the creative inspiration I used to get started, and at the bottom, you'll see how mine turned out.

via Dear McKenzie

via eBay


via Infarrantly Creative

via Dwelling in Happiness

via South Broad and Crew

via Kept

via Brit & Co.


via Harpster Home

And finally...I made my own!

diy string art with heart smoke

string art by home made modern

The "smoke" coming out of the chimney is actually 4 hearts--for the 4 members of our family. For instructions on how to make string art, click over to my String Art Tutorial on!

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