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My husband and I have always made a bigger deal of our first date anniversary than our actual wedding anniversary (which happens to be tomorrow), and a few weeks ago we celebrated 10 years together!  Woot!  We are also not normally big on gifts, but in honor of this milestone I thought I would finally tackle a little DIY project I have been wanting to try for a few years now, ever since I spotted this pretty vintage map heart art on Pinterest (selling for $300!)

If you’ve ever read my Amazing Grace story you know that Chuck and I have moved around a lot in ten years!  From Seattle to Saint Louis to Florida, we have shared no fewer than fifteen different addresses in six different cities, which pretty much made this the perfect gift!  I printed a little phrase on the bottom–“it doesn’t matter where we go as long as I am with you”– but you could also leave it blank or write something in by hand.  Other great phrases could be “home is wherever I’m with you” or “home is where the heart is” or just “places we love.”

Finally, in case you’re wondering, I got my frame on sale at Target for around $15.

Gather the supplies: an old atlas, scissors, paper and glue.

Here is what you need:

old map or road atlas
acid free card stock
scrapbook paper
frame with mat
scissors
wrinkle free glue stick
self-adhesive foam mounting dots (optional)

Cut out the heart template for this cute DIY map wall art.

Step 1: Cut out heart template in the size you want.

Trace the heart outline on a map around a spot that's important to you.

Step 2: Trace template around the cities or places you want to include.  These could be places you’ve lived, places you’ve visited, or simply places you’ve dreamed about going.  I did six because that is the number of cities we’ve lived in, but you could just as easily make it work with 3, 4, or 5 hearts.

Cut a second heart template, slightly larger than the first.

Step 3: Cut out a 2nd heart template slightly larger than the first.

Trace the second template around a darker piece of paper.

Step 4: Trace template around scrapbook paper and cut out the same number of hearts as map hearts.

Use the glue stick to attach the map hearts to the paper hearts.

Step 5: Glue map hearts to scrapbook hearts.

Use glue dots to mount the paper hearts on your background.

Step 6: Glue finished hearts to card stock. I wanted a little more dimension so I used some self-adhesive foam mounting dots to glue the hearts to the card stock, but you could also just use glue or glue dots.

Use tape to secure the artwork to the mat in the frame.

Step 7: Secure artwork to mat and place finished artwork in  frame.

This cute heart map artwork is perfect for any wall.  DIY Heart Map Art: A Cute and Easy Art Project that Makes a Great Gift!

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How do you celebrate your anniversary?

17 Comments

  1. Carolyn
    April 7 at 09:14AM

    I love this idea! Thank you!! This will make a wonderful gift for two different couples I know.

  2. Jenny
    April 7 at 11:59AM

    This is so awesome! I can’t wait to try this!

  3. April 7 at 12:43PM

    You are so creative! We’re not big on gift giving on every anniversary either, I personally appreciate handmade gifts like this.

  4. Lea
    April 7 at 06:50PM

    I think for me & my man I could do pictures of our favorite places since we’ve only had three addresses in our 12 years…cute wonderful idea ….thanks!!!

  5. April 8 at 07:51AM

    I love this! I’ve seen similar projects on Pinterest before, and I just love them. I think I’m going to have to make it. Happy belated anniversary, our 10th anniversary was this past Thursday! 🙂 My keeper of a husband made the two dishes we served at our wedding reception for dinner, and then we went to DC {where we got married and lived for several years} for the weekend.

  6. April 8 at 04:18PM

    So cute! And congratulations on 10 years! What a continuing testimony to God’s grace, and the love He has blessed you with in your marriage!

  7. Linda Sand
    April 8 at 06:27PM

    The first time my husband bought flowers for me it was for the 4th anniversary of the day we MET. Nearly fifty years later I still remember that with pleasure.

  8. May 3 at 04:32PM

    However, Shinto celebration are still practiced in
    some parts of the country. Very often, the bride will change into a traditional
    Chinese red wedding dress at that time. Usually the family of the bride
    bears the expenses of the ceremony.

  9. September 6 at 05:12PM

    I LOVE this idea! My husband and I are so sentimental about places, probably because we met in Mexico, dated in CA, and then lived on separate continents for much of our engagement. It certainly makes you thankful for the time you spend together, and this is such a cute way to show it. I might have to try this for our next anniversary.
    xo
    Johanna

  10. Sue
    December 17 at 10:58AM

    I am seeing this used to map out where my ancestors came from! Poland, Ireland, England, Finland, Germany, Norway!

  11. February 3 at 06:00AM

    This is a great Valentine’s gift for a loved one that loves to travel. Thank you for sharing!

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