DIY State Canvas with Lyrics

I’m not the type to plan out a project. I usually get an idea and a few hours later there it is! But I’ve had this idea for quite some time now and took the time to do a couple rough drafts O.O woah.

My inspiration came from Parmalee’s song Carolina. I just adore the lyrics, “home is where my heart is still beating.” It’s definitely fitting of how I feel about Indiana. Ellettsville is a small speck on the map right outside of Bloomington, home to IU. It’s here I fell in love with basketball, played a plethora of sports and involved myself heavily in school functions and clubs, started friendships that have now lasted over a decade. After high school I moved to Lafayette and lived there for five years for school. I love the crazy weather patterns, miles of corn and incredibly gracious people. My life may take me anywhere, who knows?! I mean I’m pretty young. I want something that will always remind me Indiana is my home. 🙂

I decided to go with a canvas project. A glittery Indiana and the lyrics nice and bold. Here’s how I made it!

What you’ll need:
Canvas
Glitter
Brushes
Scissors
Print out of your home state
Pencil
Acrylic paint; Navy Blue, Country Red and Mulberry are what I chose!
Cup of water

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1. Make your state outline. To do this I used Photoshop.

Pick out an outline and open in PS.

First Step
Crop in as much as possible. SAVE SAVE SAVE.

Step Three
Crop the top half of your state (or left/right half) and save. Open the entire image again and crop the opposite half, save.

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When printing either half expand it as much as possible. It will yell at you and say it will be “cutting some of the image” but that’s okay.

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2. Cut out your state. My top ended up being larger than the bottom so I cut it down to match.

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3. Outline in pencil and start edging.

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4. Fill in small sections at a time and dust glitter as you go. Give 30 minutes to dry.

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5. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to seal in the glitter. Give 20 minutes to dry.

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6. Draw out your words in pencil. I couldn’t see much when it was on the state, so some improve needed. {My handwriting is really bad…oh well!}

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7. Use your other colors to fill in. Erase any areas you may not have gone over. Voila!

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My painting skills aren’t to die for but I’m really happy with it 🙂 Do you have any home state pride around in your house? I would love to hear/see!!

LYSB

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DIY Memo Board

This post is a long time coming. I definitely did this project a few weeks ago, but I actually bought the board for the project months ago 😦 Terrible. BUT better late than never, right?! 😉

I love having a cork board, but they’re a little boring. I almost wish mine didn’t have the ugly frame…but how do you beat 5$ clearance? You put fabric on it! I loved the idea of upholstery nails for an added touch via two-twenty one. I followed their tutorial and mixed it up just a bit!

[Please excuse the terrible iPhone quality photos as my camera is throwing a hissy fit at the moment.]

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1. You will need a cork board, fabric, upholstery nails, nail gun, spray adhesive and a credit card [or dvd case].

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2. Iron your fabric.

3. Spray your cork board with adhesive. Ensure you’re in a well vented area.

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4. Lay your fabric over your board and flatten with card or case. [I used a DDR game case ;P] Let it set for 30-45 minutes.

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5. Flip the board over and nail the fabric to the back.

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6. Fold the corners and staple. I put a few extra staples…you can never be too sure.

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7. Add your nails! Instead of going all the way around like two-twenty one, I put my nails in the corner.

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And you’re done! Easy-peasy and I love it 🙂 [sorry for the shady picture…>.< yuck]

Don’t want to use fabric? Check out this great tutorial with paint over at Lemon Drop Life! 🙂

xoxox