If you’ve been following my blog recently, you may have noticed a theme with some of my posts…
- 12 Wanderlust-worthy Ways to Decorate with Maps
- 50 Fun Facts about the United States
- Wanderlust Wall Art
- 50 Recipes, 50 States
I’m currently loving hard on maps and travel-inspired stuff.
We don’t get to do it often, but whenever we can squeeze in a little getaway, my husband and I will do our best to go out and explore the country. We’ve done a road trip up the east coast, day trips to Wisconsin and Michigan, and have taken longer 4 to 5 day vacations in Washington state and Oregon.
Though we’ve traveled quite a bit across the country, there are a few cities that are near and dear to our hearts. To help commemorate and remember our time in those cities, I made these cute pin art boards showcasing some of our favorite places.
These pin boards only require a few materials, two of which being a lot of time and patience. I made 4 boards (Chicago, Portland, Seattle, and Marquette), which took me a total of about 4 days to finish. You can use larger pins than I did to make the process go a little quicker (in fact, I recommend that), just make sure you use wood that’s proportioned in size to the nails you’re using.
Wanderlust Pin Art
- Wooden board
- Small applique or wood nails
- Printed map of desired location
- Embroidery thread
- And, as mentioned above, lots of time and patience!
Cut out your map, leaving a good 1 -2 in. boarder around state. Place on board and hammer in 3 to 4 nails to help keep the map in place.
Continue hammering nails around border of state, using tweezers to hold nails if needed. I needed tweezers since the nails I used were so small.
Once your map is outlined, carefully remove the paper map.
If you want to include a heart like I did, draw the heart around the city and mark that out with nails as well.
Using embroidery thread, tie one end of the thread to one nail, then simply weave back and forth, looping thread around the nails to fill in the state shape. I used about 3 skeins of thread per state, plus one red skein for the heart (one skein of red was enough for 4 hearts).
I used these DMC “skeins”:
Once your state is filled in, tie a knot to secure your string and repeat the process to fill in the heart. Then proudly display your state love with pictures or mementos from your travels!
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