Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dating, Engaged, Married DIY Framed States

Today's DIY craft is something I've been wanting to share for a while. I made these last spring when I had a day off of work. However, life got busy, and I'm just now getting around to posting about them.

Since Dan and I started dating in Missouri, got engaged in New Mexico, and will be married in Colorado, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to make these ADORABLE prints to hang in the living room. 

I am SO happy with how they turned out, and people comment on them all the time, asking where I got them. 

To start, I bought some colorful cardstock at Hobby Lobby. I chose a textured teal color because it goes with the earthy tones in my living room but also stands out quite a bit.

Then, I picked out a patterned scrapbook paper (and bought a couple extras in case I messed up!).

When I got home, I searched on Google Images for the three different states I was looking for. I picked silhouettes and printed them on regular printer paper.

Then, I cut out the states.

After that, I glued the cut out states to the back of scrapbook paper and cut out the states again. New Mexico and Colorado were super simple, but Missouri was a piece of work!

Then, I made a template on Microsoft Word with one of my favorite fonts and practiced printing on a plain piece of printer paper to make sure it was spaced out right. Once it was, I printed the three on my teal paper. 

Now comes the glue! I actually used Mod Podge because it is sticker, and I'm used to working with it. I glued the states down as close to the middle of the teal paper as I could.

Last but not least, I added the small red heart stickers I bought for this project over the approximate location of the cities that these major events happened/will happen! 
  • So, what do you think? 
  • Would you make something like this to decorate your home? 
  • Did these three big life events happen in different places for you as well?


  1. Those are so neat! I never would have thought of that!

  2. Love these! They turned out so cute!!


  3. Those are adorable. I want to make them now!

  4. These are so adorable!

  5. We have something similar but with the map of the city. I love them so much! And it will be fun to document a military journey with them too!

  6. Very cute idea! What a neat way to show the special moments in your life. It would not be as cool for Jon and I...they would all be Nevada.

  7. I love these! I have been eyeing different ideas such as this to document all of our military moves… of course it would have to be something that I could keep adding to as we go along! :)