The easiest fix for me is to print out some recent family photos and update my gigantic cork board. This time, though, I decided I wanted to make some wall art using a map from our Salt Lake City trip.
This cute flower canvas inspired the design for today’s DIY project. However, I don’t own a hot glue gun, and I didn’t have a canvas lying around. Being thrifty and all, I hunted for a canvas substitute. The answer? A shoe box lid! To make your own map flower wall art, you’ll need a large shoe box lid (mine was from a boot box), a roll of brown paper, an old map, scissors, tape, and a glue stick. That’s it!Start by cutting a length of brown paper several inches larger than the lid.
Optional step: I wanted my lid to stay in place, so I covered all but a two inch strip around the edge with my glue stick. Then, I smoothed the brown paper over the lid, glue side down.
Wrap up the lid like you would wrap a gift. I used my glue stick as well as a little tape to secure the edges of the paper to the back of the lid. Now your “canvas” is ready to go.For the flower petals, cut 2″ strips from your map, and then cut each strip into 2″ squares. Perfectionists will be glad to know it’s not imperative to measure or cut exactly. Eyeballing is acceptable in this case.Now, cut leaves from the map squares by starting at one corner and cutting a wide curve that extends to the opposite corner. Repeat the wide, corner-to-corner curve on the other side of the square. You could also fold the square in half diagonally if you only wanted to make one cut per square. I didn’t want a fold down the center of my flower petals, so I made two cuts per square.
Once you have a pile of petals, it’s time to design your flower. Choose a center point, and place petals in a circular pattern extending out from the center point.
Layouts will vary based on the size and shape of your shoe box lid. Since my lid happened to be more of a long rectangle, I added a few detached petals in the empty space.
When you’re satisfied with your design, use a glue stick to adhere the petals to the lid, one by one. Since this is a map flower, I thought a small compass would be perfect for the center. I found a small compass printed on the map itself, but you could also draw one directly on the brown paper.
To up the adorable factor (and, ahem, cover up the AAA logo), cut out a small heart and place it in the center of the compass. Glue the heart to the compass and the compass to the lid. Voila! An inexpensive, pretty little pick-me-up ready to hang on the wall in your home.