Decorating with Maps

A few months ago, I pinned a State Map project from Kayla Danelle, and recently decided that instead of admiring the pin, I would make my own!  I absolutely love Kayla’s spin on decorating with maps and take zero credit for her terrific idea!  Thanks, Kayla!
 Conveniently, David and I have lived in exactly three states, and I found this “floating frame” at Target.  It is roughly 28″x14″.  Michael’s carries one, as well.

Supplies needed:

Floating frame
Good quality paper or photo paper
Exacto knife (optional)
Red Glitter paper (optional)
Double-sided tape

  Free, small, state maps were not as easy to find as I first thought, so to save you a little time, you may click HERE to access all 50 states!  **This link allows downloads to a PC only, not Mac.  I’m currently looking for a Mac-compatible link.  (The original link from years ago is no longer available).

To make my maps a bit larger, I printed them at 110%.  You may want to test print to check size, especially if you are using a differently sized frame than this one.

Carefully cut out your states.  If you live in a state bordering the Mississippi river or the marshes of Louisiana like mine, you will need an Exacto knife;)  

If desired, cut out tiny hearts and glue them on the cities you’ve lived in!  Allow glue to dry completely before framing!

Measure and position the maps in between the two pieces of glass, securing with double-sided tape.  Reassemble the frame, and you are finished!
Simple, affordable, personalized art that is fun for the kitchen, a playroom, a hallway, or an office!
Thanks again to Kayla Danelle for this awesome idea!

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  1. i’ve seen this too and love it. Too many times I have pinned something and when I finally make one of my own I wonder why am I pinning if Im not creating. Lots of great ideas floating on my pin board haha
    hope you and your family are well

  2. Very creative and simple. I’ve never seen this particular craft, but I LOVE it!

  3. DARLING idea! Love it!!

  4. Super cute! Might try to make one GIANT Arkansas since that’s been my home for all 35 years! :) Fun project–thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi Amanda!
    I found your blog on Tanya’s blog…so glad I did! I’m originally from Arkansas! :) This is such a cute idea…I might have to give it a try myself! Stop by if you get a chance!

  6. Thank you for the link to the map for the small states. This is such a precious idea. That’s sooo going on my summer decorating bucket list.

  7. I love this projec!!! I’ve never seen it done in a floating frame. I love that!!! So cute!!

  8. Such a cute idea! I can’t wait to try this!

  9. Aw! Love it!!! Hubby LOVES maps on the walls but I never “get into it” because it doesn’t look “right to me” maybe you just shared the perfect solution so we are both happy! :) … Stopping by from “Serenity Now” I saw your link there! :) I’ll subscribe! :)

    Paloma from “The Coffee Shop”

  10. Cute! I like the look of having the maps floating =)
    I am visiting from Serenity Now.

  11. Super Cute! There’s been lots of map creativeness going around lately, but this one is different and fun. I like! :)

  12. I love meaningful decor! Great to remember where you have lived.

  13. This is really lovely. Love DIY art and good on you for pinning AND making…it’s a hard transition but really rewarding. I’m trying to be a doer not just a pinner.

  14. Visiting from Tip Junkie… love the use of the classic state maps vs. a silhouette of the state… and I love the floating frame! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Love that idea! Stopping by from 52 Mantles! Glad I found your blog!

  16. Just saw your post on Meet Me Monday! That Louisiana map caught my eye! What a cute idea!!!

  17. WOW! I see my hometown on your map! That is a first! I’m from Arkadelphia, AR….and I guess you know where that is! heehee!

  18. These are so cute and meaningful!! I would love for you to come link up your homepage to my Get Social Sunday party and show off your blog!

  19. I’m a New Orleans girl so the Louisiana picture brought me in. I’ve made something similar but on canvases and paint – love the maps

  20. Love how it turned out and also that it can be totally personalized! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  21. I loved this when I saw it on pinterest as well. Yours came out great! I’m visiting from Uncommonly yours Linky.

  22. Such a fun project!! I love how it turned out.

  23. What a fabulous way to tell a part of “your story”. Featuring you tomorrow night on my site! Thanks so much for linking up with us.


  24. Cute project, Amanda! Thanks for linking it to my monthly party. I am featuring it in my post today.

  25. Decorate with maps is nice and interesting maps so that we can able to understand regarding post. This is creative in which use different type activity.When we will connect in this blogger and we can enjoy it.

  26. I know this was a while ago, but just saw some traffic come from your site! Thanks for the shout-out! Yours looks awesome – I love the more slender frame!

  27. cute idea but the link to the maps is a dead link… :(

  28. As another commenter said, the link to the maps is dead. Please help us out! The maps I’m finding aren’t as nice or printable.

  29. Trisha says:

    I would LOVE to do this, but the link for the maps is no longer working. :(

  30. Are there also maps of other countries that are similar in scale? If anyone knows, let me know and thank you!