Handmade Holidays: Home is Where the Heart is Framed Map



Friends, it’s really that time again! Time to start thinking about what gifts we want to give our loved ones this holiday season and to start making them too! I’m excited to be participating in the 5th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop today; a bunch of us are all sharing ideas for meaningful and do-able handmade gift ideas to inspire you over the next few days. Here’s the gift idea I wanted to show you today: Framed Map Art.

Framed Map Art with Hand Lettering

Unfinished Wood Frame
DecoArt Metallic Lustre
Printed Map
Tombow Fudenosuke Pen


Step 1: Apply Metallic Lustre to your frame.
This is an easy to use, water-based metallic wax that will transform just about any surface into a gorgeous metallic sheen. I find it easiest to apply with my finger or a soft cloth instead of a brush. Let it dry completely, which takes about five minutes, then gently buff it with a cloth for even more shine!

Step 2: Print out a map of your friend’s home state/city and cut it to fit the frame.


Step 3: Hand-letter your message.
I chose to write, “home is where the heart is.” Then I embellished my design by turning the city marker into a heart and sketching an arrow pointing to it. If you’ve never tried hand-lettering before, check out my simple how-to post for tips and tricks {I promise you can do it}! Or, you can always print directly on the map, use a stencil, or use alphabet stickers instead.

Framed Map Art with Hand Lettering

Step 4: Place the map in the frame, along with the glass.

Framed Map Art with Hand Lettering

See? Easy peasy! Do you have a friend or family member who would appreciate this sweet reminder of home?

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Make sure you stop by and check out the other fabulous projects in the hop!

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  1. SWEET and THOUGHTFUL gift idea – LOVE IT!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing 🙂
    … I’m thinking this would be lovely for my nephew starting college.

  2. Ha! This is so fun. I love using maps – I am in the middle of makeing a pretty big “mini” album for my sister of our couple days we spent in the Smokies and Cherokee summer before last. And I used a map for the cover, this gives me a couple ideas to “complete” the outside! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win such a great prize!

  3. I love this idea! With family now scattered around the globe, this would be a reminder of where they came from and where they could return…. Thank you so much, I will definitely be making these as gifts!

  4. Such a cute idea. I have so many family members that live in another state than I do. A nice idea to let the know I’m thinking of them. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a great idea! Quick and easy for Christmas gifts, thanks! Thanks also for the chance to win from your great sponsors.

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