Here's a little peek into our nursery! When we found out we were having a baby, I think I was most excited about decorating the room. I loved the challenge of creating a calm but colourful and gender neutral space. Since we love to travel, we knew that we wanted to include a world map in the room. We also wanted an animal theme, since Bryce has quite the collection of animal figurines. When I found this graphic on Etsy, I knew it was perfect. (Thanks Decorart Design!)
At first, we planned to print it as a poster. But I wanted it to be pretty big, which can get pricey. Plus, we would need to find a way to frame it, which adds up as well. The more I thought about it, the more I wished it would be fabric so that it would look similar to an antique style map. I remembered this project, where I turned a tea towel into art and I thought we could do something similar.
So, I discovered Spoonflower.com where you can upload a graphic and custom design your own fabric. Sold! It took a bit of figuring to order the design, so here's a screenshot of the Spoonflower order to help you out:
The finished size is 24" x 36", which was perfect for above our crib. And $15.75 was totally reasonable, I thought! Of course, that's USD so us Canadians have to include the exchange and taxes and shipping (ugh...). But still, our grand total for this piece of fabric was $26.53. Not terrible for a nice piece of art.
I was really happy with the quality and the design when it came. First, I trimmed the edges and ironed and hemmed them as straight as I could. Since the map is a blue background it was easy to see the edge of the graphic on the white fabric - straight lines :)
We also bought the wood from Home Depot and had it cut on site. I think we made each piece 40", so we could have 2 extra inches on each side for hanging. We stained them with some leftover stain from another project.
Line it up and hot glue away! Here's the back:
We just measured and tied a piece of twine and voila! A super easy DIY Map.
How stunning are these photos by Christine from Click Photography (the first and last photo)! She is AMAZE! If you're in KW and the surrounding area - look her up!