Monday, April 6, 2015

I Heart Map

This post is in honor of the recently held elections in Nigeria. I am thankful for a transparent and peaceful outcome.

On one of my random Pinterest escapades, I came across pictures of maps of different US states made with string and nails on stained wood. Immediately I knew I had to have one with my twist on it and as always relatively low cost to make.

The project was so easy, we worked on it while we were watching TV and hanging out. We started out with some yarn but decided to use sewing thread instead (the yarn was too thick for the nails). The hardest part was knocking in the nails to trace out the map, this took about 30 minutes to complete. This project cost next to nothing because we already had the wood (leftover board from the built-in shelf), nails and thread.

We used the Rasterbator wall art generator online to print the map on 4 pieces of 8.5 X 11 paper.

We placed the heart in the Southwestern part of Nigeria because we were both born and raised there. We chose orange thread because it added the best pop of color against the white board.

Here are pictures of the process.

left over 15.25 X 22 melamine board

Side view of melamine particle board

Had to paint the sides that we covered with iron-on veneer

Map made of 4 pieces of paper

My big baby & I waiting for JT to make the keyholes

Keyhole bit 

Keyholes for hanging 

Measuring out the wall space

Added some reinforcement to the wall since we are not hanging on studs

Everything is level even if the picture is not

Started out with the gold nails

Almost done with the nails

I Heart Nigeria 

Rearranging the thread

Added a gold washi tape border to finish
Have a great week !!!!!!!!!!

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