Couple Map Silhouette Art

I made this cute little map art for the boyfriend last year for Valentine's Day and then never got around to posting it so I figured now that it's almost a year later... it's time! This is what I made for Valentine's Day 2012...

And here's how you can make one!

  • Stencil or pattern of boy and girl silhouette/outline (maybe some vinyl)
  • Maps of where you each are from
  • Scrap paper (preferably white)
  • Small piece of red felt
  • Glue stick
  • Glue/sticky squares/dots
  • Frame
  • Cardstock background
  • Scissors
  • Pencil


I cut out silhouettes of a boy and a girl shape using my Silhouette machine and some outlines I found online (I have no idea where - sorry! I just know that I did not buy them). Then I stuck those things onto some spare white paper. (I messed up with the head and body of the girl, but you should probably just stick them on there and not try to duplicate my mistake.)

Then I held up the vinyl outline behind the maps for each and traced the outline onto the map. I tried to put the actual city or place where each of us was born/grew up where the heart was on the figure. If you hold up the vinyl and map in front of a lamp, that makes it much easier.

Just cut out your map figure/outline of the boy and the girl. 

(You can see the point on the map where the town I wanted is - it's near the heart of the boy silhouette!)

After those are both cut out, you just pop some foam squares on the back of them...

Cut out some cardstock to fit your frame and be the background and flip the silhouettes onto the cardstock. 

Cut out two little hearts and paste those onto the town/city area you want to highlight (or where the heart should go on the silhouettes - whichever you prefer) using some more foam squares or some foam circles. 

I had a kind of weird shadowbox frame and so I used little pearl-topped straight pins that came with it to attach my art to the frame background/area. 

You can see how 3-D they are from this angle...

And this one...

Then just pop your artwork into the frame and you have a masterpiece!

The boy hung it up, but the lighting was not so great in that room (in our old apartment, haha)...

It cost me almost nothing to make, it was very personal, and the boy liked it... so I'm calling that pretty awesome and a big success!

I'll be linking up here...
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Tuesdays: New Nostalgia, Hope Studios, Vintage Wanna Bee, Tip Junkie, Ladybug Blessings, Topsy Turvy, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Giggles Glitz & Glam, Reasons to Skip the Housework, Coastal Charm, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Not Just a Housewife, A Diamond in the Stuff, The Ivy Cottage, homework, Crayon Freckles, Crafty Confessions, Me and My Boys, The Kurtz Corner, Sugar Bee, Sweet Little Gals, Chef in Training, Today's Creative Blog, Home Stories A to Z, DIY by Design, Tales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Home

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Thursdays: Somewhat Simple, House of Hepworths, The Shabby Creek Cottage, A Glimpse Inside, Fireflies and JellybeansMomnivore's Dilemma, Yesterday on Thursday & Katie's Nesting Spot, Beyond the Picket Fence, Rhinestone Beagle, Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom, Christina's AdventuresSeven AliveThe 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Bear Rabbit Bear, Crafty Scrappy Happy, 52 Mantels, live. laugh. rowe.Artsy CornerDelightful Order, The Train to Crazy, Mine for the Making, The Taylor HouseThe Frugal Girls, No Minimalist Here

Fridays: Fingerprints on the Fridge, The Shabby Nest, Tatertots & Jello, Simply Sweet Home, 30 Handmade Days, WhipperBerryLovely Crafty Home, Catch As Catch Can, Nap Time Crafters, 504 Main, My Simple Home Life, Simply Designing, The Picket Fence, Chic on a Shoestring, The Hungry Hypo, French Country Cottage, Ladybird Lane, The Answer is Chocolate, Truly Lovely, Bubbly Nature Creations, Little Becky Homecky, Delicate Construction, Serenity Now, See Vanessa Craft, Happy Hour Projects, Making Lemonade, One Artsy Mama,  Mom 4 Real, So You Think You're Crafty, Finding Fabulous For Less, It's a Hodgepodge Life, Tidy Mom, Scissors & Spatulas, While He Was NappingRelease Me Creations, Craftionary, Five Days... Five WaysThe Creative Paige, Blissful Bucketlist

Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties, Here's to Handy Andy, Craft Envy, Funky Junk Interiors, Young & Crafty, Be Different Act Normal, To Sew With Love, Six Sisters' Stuff, Gingerbread, Lolly Jane, Homemaker in Heels, A Vision to Remember, Positively Splendid, Too Much Time, Crafty Moms Share, Polkadot Pretties, Candace Creations, Serenity You, Shaken Together

Sundays: I Heart Nap Time, Under the Table and Dreaming, LambAround, Flamingo Toes, Petite Hermine, Homemaker on a Dime, The Foley Fam, The SweetTalk Shop, Nifty Thrifty ThingsThe Tablescaper, My 1929 Charmer, It's Overflowing

Miscellaneous: The Girl Creative, Every Crafty Endeavor, My House of Giggles, My Lil Pumpkin PatchVintage Gwen


  1. So creative! Found you on Lil' Luna's link party and I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out that is still open! I love it!

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  2. Hi Mel, I saw this fabulous project over at 52 Mantels and am a fellow Marylander, so of course I had to stop by to say hello and tell you how much I love your project! So adorable and thanks so much for sharing! ~Cindy,

  3. Awwwwww! I LOVE this! This is so cute! My husband and I make V-day cards for each other every year and I just MAY have to steal this idea from you to make his card this year. :)
    Thanks for linking it up to this week's Catch a Glimpse Party. I'll be featuring this tomorrow.

  4. LOVE this idea! Maps are so fun, aren't they?

  5. Mel, these are so fun! What a cute and personal piece of art!!!

  6. What a fun idea--and who doesn't love map art?

  7. I am totally loving this! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  8. CONGRATS!!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality! Come on over and grab you featured button, you deserve it!

  9. So, so cute! I found you through the DIY Dreamer.

  10. Thanks so much for sharing your cool Valentine's Day project with us at A Crafty Soiree the weekly linky party I cohost with Malia from Yesterday on Tuesday. I've featured your project in this week's new one, up at midnight EST. Please come by to see it and share more of your crafty goodness with us!

  11. I love this project! Featuring it on Monday Funday! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Such cleverness. :D This could also be fun for a couple or make it a single or a family grouping and incorporate them into a Bon Voyage card. Thanks for sharing.

  13. This looks amazing! You have a beautiful blog and I am your newest follower! Please visit my blog and take a look around. If you see something you like, I would love for you to follow me back!

  14. I love this!! I just made it for my girlfriend for Valentine's. Cutting the little felt hearts were the hardest part. haha.

  15. this is so cute, Mel! thanks for sharing. We will be featuring this today, by the way. grab a featured button if you fancy so ^^)


  16. This is adorable!!! I might have to use it as a unique wedding gift idea! Thanks for the inspiration!


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