Our two year anniversary was last month, so you could say this post is a bit late, but I didn't want to pass up the opportunity to share the Pinterest-inspired anniversary gift I made for my husband. In our first two years of marriage, we moved around a few times so there are several places that played an important part in our "love story".
Long before our anniversary, I started noticing and pinning some very sweet DIY map wall art on Pinterest. When our anniversary came along, we were both unemployed and had just moved back in with my parents. A DIY map art project seemed to be the perfect gift to commemorate the important places that defined our first two years of marriage. Not only that, it would be easy on the pocket book and would help up to decorate our room in my parents house so that we could make it into our new home.
I took several examples from Pinterest as inspiration, but I ultimately came up with a design all my own, in large part dictated by which supplies I could easily find.
Supplies:maps for each significant place in your "love story"
square picture frames (or one short, long frame to place all maps within)
cardstock in colors that complement your decor and map colors
heart stencil, ruler or other straight edge, pencil, & scissors
In all, I would say this project cost less than $20. My mom is a AAA member, so she was able to get me the maps for free. I only used a small portion of each map, so I folded them back up to save them for future craft projects (I'm thinking of making some coasters by using Mod Podge to stick maps to cheap tiles from the hardware store). The picture frames were the main cost - I think each of these came out to around $5 on sale. I used cardstock I already had, but it's fairly cheap anyway. I bought a heart stencil for about a dollar. The repositionable glue was a few dollars. I hate including the full price of craft projects like the glue stencils or pack of cardstock since only a small portion is used for this particular project and these are items that I know will get used up eventually.
Even if you have other craft glue at home, I still recommend that you get repositionable glue. It takes the pressure out of lining everything up perfectly the first time and potentially having to spend more money (and time) if you have to buy new supplies ans start over.
While I initially loved the idea of putting all three places within one short, wide frame, I opted for three separate frames so we can add more as we add more children to our family or move away for more adventures together.
I also assumed we would put hang these on the wall (and we might eventually) but for now, I'm loving how they look lined up on the top of the desk hutch in our room.
1. Trace the heart stencil around significant places to you and your spouse (or the couple your are gifting this to). Cut the hearts out.
2. Cut out squares from two different colors of card stock to serve as the mat. One should be the size of the glass in the frame. One should be the same proportions as the frame, but smaller as to leave a border of the other color.
3. Using repositionable glue, glue the two pieces of cardstock in the middle and the heart in the middle of that.
4. Place in the frame and wrap for your honey or for a lucky couple celebrating their wedding or anniversary.
5. Receive an outpouring of gratitude and amazement for your sweet gift.
My favorite part about this gift is that it is very sweet and sentimental, but perfectly suitable for a man. (Men may refuse to use maps, but they do think it's pretty studly decor.) It's also a great conversation starter, when people visit your home, it's inevitable that they will ask the significance of the places on your wall.
The three places I chose to frame are "where we married", "our first home", and "where our daughter was born". You can include little titles within your frame like these, if you like. I had intended to, but due to the size of the frame and the heart stencil, there just wasn't enough room.
where you met
where you got engaged ("where she said yes!")
where you married ("where we said I do")
your first home
where each of your children were born
where you went on your honeymoon
each city/state/country you've lived in
where you married & each of your parents married
Another fun idea (one that I'm toying with as well): hang another picture below each of these of the two of you together in that place. Or you can actually connect the two together by hanging them both on a ribbon and then hanging that on the wall.