Friday, August 30, 2013

bird.i.y.: miss you!

some very very dear friends of our are moving back to california on sunday. they've only been in minnesota for a year, but i'll bet we've seen them at least twice a week for the entire time they've lived here. needless to say, jim, mimi, ben, and i are going to miss them so much. and i wanted to make them a little going away gift to let them know just how much. this is a really fun diy that can you can easily make your own! here's what you'll need:

~ atlas (or map of some sort)
~ canvas
~ paints (i used acrylics)
~ mod podge
~ stencils
~ paint brush and sponge brush
~ scissors and pencil (not pictured)

first tape stripes onto your canvas (chevrons would be cute, too! or really, any pattern you like.) then paint over the tape any color you like. i chose yellow because it is a pretty color (duh), but it is also light enough to work on top of.

once the paint is dry, remove the tape to reveal your stripes! 

next, find the states or countries or cities or whatever you are using and cut them out of the atlas. i chose minnesota and california, for obvious reason. i then glued them onto the canvas with mod podge. i painted a heart over the city in which we live and the city where they are moving.

once that is dry, stencil the words or saying you want onto the canvas with a pencil. do it lightly so that it doesn't show once you paint over it! i then painted a nice big heart in the bottom corner! when that was dry, i mod podged, a very light coat, over the entire canvas. and that's it!

i really like how this turned out. i hope our friends do, too. and i hope this will remind them how much we miss them and how cool it was to live in minnesota and how they should just move back and live here again asap! :)

xoxo, nora bird


  1. Aww, that's really cute and very sweet! I hope that your friend loves it!!

  2. Homemade cards are always so much better than the store bought kind! I hope your friends come back and visit often!

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  3. That's adorable! Such a great idea.

  4. Aww, what a sweet thing to do! I hope they travel safely and know they are loved!

  5. First of all, what a great gift. Also, I've been searching for the perfect maps of MN and IL (where my husband grew up) to hang over our bed. Now I'm thinking I should just cut them out and make a canvas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. You did sucha good job in this DIY! I really like it! It will make it a really great gift!

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