Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend!
I was so inspired by the art Emily Henderson made for the HGTV Holiday Special. I thought the vintage map art with Joy to the World on it was beautiful. I wanted one of my own!
But, remember when I said I was on a budget. Yep, that still applied. So, no awesome expensive vintage map for me. In my search, I started off at Half Price Books and dug through every single on of their travel maps. I came up short after finding the perfect map that someone had unfortunately cut part of it. Sad. I decided to buy this map off of Amazon for $6 and with shipping it was around $10.
Here’s the supplies:
I bought some stencils from Hobby Lobby with a 50% off coupon making them $5. Everything else I already had. The Q-Tips came in extra handy!
Next, I laid out the stencils. I decided to go with “Peace on Earth” instead of “Joy to the World” because I could only find stencils that were 5″. The stencil pack I bought only had one stencil for each letter. Oops. I improvised by laying them out just to get an idea of how it looked. And, I just used the latitude and longitude lines as guides. It worked! Yep, that says “Peach on RT”…totally works…
I used a very small amount of painter’s tape just to hold the stencils in place. Then, I painted three layers until I couldn’t see the map through the letters anymore. But that’s probably because I used super cheap acrylic paint.
Try to keep your cute, mischevious pup from threatening to walk all over your fresh paint. (Hi, Jackie-O!)
After I peeled off the stencils, there were spots where the paint bled through. This is where my awesome Q-tips and paper towels came in handy. It was actually pretty easy to just clean up the lines.
I decided to go with painting the “on” freehand because I didn’t think I liked the look of the other letters. I’m so glad I did. I love it! It’s now my favorite Christmas decoration!
Stay tuned for my hanging solution!