Sorry I didn’t post this last week; I was a busy lady! Not only was it the 4th of July, but Charise got married and I was the maid of honor! So up to Chico I went to help her with whatever last minute details she needed help with.
But back to something that you
should might find exciting. I was finally craftier than usual: I made a present for Mel! She is moving from down undahh to the land of stars, stripes, and bald eagles this week and I wanted to bring her something to decorate her new house with. I’ll be bringing it to her when I visit and help her get acquainted with the greater Chicago area.
super senior year in college, I studied abroad in the Czech Republic. It was a terrifying idea to me, even after I’d arrived, because I’d never really done anything like it. That trip ended up being one of the best decisions I’d made for myself. I traveled all around Europe and made some amazing friends, and many I’m still close with. One friend in particular, Mel, and I still Skype every month to two months, send each other postcards, and plan trips together. I really couldn’t be more excited that she’s moving to the United States; I just wish I were closer to California! At least it will be easier to figure out what time it is where she is so I don’t wake her up with a phone call or text.
As part of her “Welcome to America” present, I decided to make her a map frame, using an old map of the area she’s moving to. This is *super* easy, didn’t cost me anything, and I think she’ll really like it.
What you’ll need:
- 1 picture frame with matting (I had an old one I never used anymore)
- 1 map (I had an old map from 1991.. I’m pretty sure they’ve come out with a more updated/recent version for the region and this map was okay to cut up!)
- a pencil
- a flat razor (only if the glass has writing on it, like mine did)
- If the glass on your frame has any writing, design, etc. that you don’t want on it, use the flat razor to carefully scrape it off.
- Take the frame apart. Keep the matting out, and set the rest aside.
- Spread out your map. Figure out which area you want to show on your frame. Mel was moving to the greater Chicago area, so I wanted to highlight that region. Lay your matting over that area.
- Using the pencil, trace around the sides and center of the matting, and go over the lines a few more times (to ensure a darker line).
- Make sure you included any specific towns, rivers, etc. you wanted to be on the frame. If you’re happy with what you see, start cutting!
- Once your matting cover is all cut out, use the tape to adhere the map to the matting.
- Once you’re done, put the frame back together. A revitalized map frame is now yours!
Mel is extremely well-traveled and adventurous. I think she’s going to love the map matting! Now I just have to find a picture of us to put in it, or maybe I’ll wait until my visit and snap one of us in Chicago? I have a feeling I’ll be doing this project again for future birthdays and holidays. Maybe I’ll try using Mod Podge to paste the map on the outside of the frame!