I am generally not the artsy/craftsy goddess like so many of you are here (lookin' at YOU, BerkRie!). But I have about 300+ things on my DIY board on Pinterest and all of the walls in my 2 story town home are butt nekkid. I'm not kidding, we don't even have pictures up. I have one of those collage type frames in my kitchen area on a shelf, but I still haven't put pictures in it.
(^^^ Not the Bottom family)
I have bought lots of supplies though for many of my projects, I just haven't had much time to do them with school being so crazy. Today, I decided that I was going to complete one of my craftsy projects. I decided to work on the easy map wall art that I want for my living room. The supplies were pretty cheap, and I just followed the instructions at bobbleheadbaby.com/?p=1678 (where the top image is from). I purchased the same map that she did (I have an orange and beige living room, so the antique look was perfect - and they're only $1 on Amazon!), which measured 36x24, so I decided to go with her suggestions for canvases. I used one 12×16, one 11×14, two 8x8s, two 5x7s and four 8x10s.
Then I took some multi-surface satin acrylic paint in medium brown (it was labeled as dark brown but was definitely more medium, which I wanted. I also wanted to make sure it was nice and warm toned) and went to town painting the edges of all the canvases. The paint I used dried crazy fast. By the time I finished a canvas, the one I had done before was completely dry. So it didn't take a crazy long time.
(surprise cat buns!)
Since I am lazy and bad at measuring, I went the easy way for measuring out the poster for the canvases. I just arranged them on top of the poster (map side down), then traced around the edges of each. It's not as exact as using a ruler and measuring everything out yourself, but whatever. That takes too long.
After all that business, I slid all of the still-arranged canvases off to the side and cut out one "square" at a time. Then laid them down, sprayed two quick layers of adhesive, then slapped the piece of poster onto the sticky canvas. Since my measurements weren't exact, I had some pieces hanging over the edges, so I took some ModPodge (doesn't matter what kind) and glued the free edges down. I went square by square, so that I could lay them out and wouldn't mess anything up.
(more surprise cat buns!)
So after all of that, I ended up with the finish product!
(It will look similar to this - picture from bobbleheadbaby.com/?p=1678)
I was going to slap on a layer of antique matte ModPodge, but I think it looks good as is. I'm going to leave an inch or so of space between each canvas when I hang it up.
I posted all the instructions and stuff because I think this would make a great gift during the holidays! I got everything for about $25-30 (canvases were on sale and I had coupons), but it looks like it's worth way more and whoever gets the gift would love the work you put into it! I think I'm going to make one for my sister, but in black and white or something (her living room colors are different). You don't have to stick with just maps though! You could do the same with band osters or poster prints of famous artwork, or a blown up family photo, etc!
As a gift for getting through the whole thing, here is Noodle being sexy when he's sending out Snapchats to the ladies (my sister).