Thursday, September 8, 2011

Happy 10th Anniversary {and a map craft}

Today is our 10th wedding anniversary! My sweetie and I have seen, done, and experienced so much over the past ten years and I wanted his anniversary present to commemorate that in some way. When I saw this idea on Pinterest (see the inspiration here by minimoz) a few weeks ago I just knew it was the perfect gift because the Mister is a collector of maps.

{Our first home in Denver}

The hearts are cut from maps and represent places that have meaning to us: where we met, got engaged, got married, our honeymoon, our first home, where we had our baby, some places that we traveled, and where we adopted.

{Our honeymoon in Thailand...we danced under a full moon on the beach}

To make this, I used an old framed photo that someone had given us. It never really had a home and ended up in our dark hallway. I planned to spray paint the frame, but decided that I really liked the brown faux bamboo look for this.

And if there was ever a question about how often I dust the one thing hanging in my hallway, this should answer it... Yikes!

I removed the brown paper on the back of the frame and lifted the staples so I could remove the current photo.

I just used the white poster board that was in the frame as the base for my project. I used osnaberg fabric as the background, pulling it tight and gluing it to the back of the poster board. I had planned to use a spray adhesive but mine had mysteriously disappeared.

I then measured where I wanted each heart and taped some thread on so I could keep all of the hearts in line. (This was removed later, of course.)

After cutting out all of my hearts from maps I found on eBay or second hand stores, I printed up their descriptions, cut them and added grommets for decoration.

Using Tacky Glue (sparingly.), I put the hearts and descriptions onto the background fabric and weighed them down with something heavy. A cell phone box and pen holder, natch. Once they were all dry I tugged the thread out carefully.

Now the front looks so pretty and the back...well...this project is like a mullet: business in the front, crazy party in the back. But that's okay, no one will ever see that part. I just folded the staples back down to keep it in place...

...and covered the back with brown craft paper so it looked nice and neat. I knew this giant roll of paper would come in handy one day.

I glued it onto the frame, then trimmed it with an X-acto knife, trimming around the picture hook.

I'm so pleased with how it turned out and the Mister LOVED it (or he's really good at pretending, which still makes me happy).


Jessica @ O. Alouette said...

What a sweet and special idea! Love it!

Amanda said...

Ahhh, this is such a lovely and thoughtful gift! Happy anniversary.

Steph said...

Totally stealing this idea for our 10th anniversary in November!

Joy said...

What a special and thoughtful gift! I think you might LIKE this guy or something!!

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

Our 10th is in December. What a perfect gift - I may have to steal this idea.

Adrianne said...

You've been featured today at Happy Hour Projects. Thanks for linking up at Freestyle Friday!


Big D and Me said...

I love this gift - so wonderful - I love how you took the original idea and expanded on it to make it even more special

Sylvia said...

My hubby and I just celebrated our 40th anniversary. Your idea is adorable. I'd have to use really small hearts or a really big frame. Here's wishing you many, many more anniversary celebrations.

Becolorful said...

This is so cool. I have almost twenty years on you so our board would be pretty big but such a fun idea. Thanks so much for sharing it on Motivated Monday at Becolorful. I will be featuring it next week.

Sara said...

SO pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would share this project at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

Marriah said...

That is just so great! I am going to have to make one of those.

paige said...

Adorable! I'd love for you to link this up at my new link party:

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