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My kids have a love affair with European cities. Piper Jane is team Paris and Burke lo-oves London. So a map covered monogram with a twist- London Tube maps- is the perfect addition to the Smooches’ shared room (see my plans for that space here).
A sweet friend who is living in London sent me a whole pile of Tube maps (thanks Erin!) so I could create this map covered monogram for Burke.
Doesn’t it make you want to find a monogram and cover it with maps from somewhere special to your family?
To create a map covered monogram, you’ll need– a cardboard monogram (I got mine at JoAnn’s), a map (or a few maps- I used four London Tube maps), paint, tape and glue.
Paint the front of the monogram white (or a color that’ll match with the edges of your map). If you’re adding stripes (or a contrasting color) to the edges, paint it on.
To add stripes, put tape on the white and then add colored paint.
Trace your monogram onto the backside of your map(s).
Cut out your maps to match your monogram and glue in place.
Give your London-lover his Tube-map-covered monogram (spoiler alert- he loves it).
ps- I have been dragging my feet about working on house projects, just feeling burnt out and unmotivated. But finishing this first project for the kids’ room has lit a fire under me- I lay in bed at night thinking of ways to make their reading nook magical, or ways to make a “P” that’s similarly perfect for Piper Jane as this “B” is for Burke. Does that ever happen to you? You’re dragging your feet about something and then, once you start, it’s kind of fun after all?
It’s adorable — the diagonal stripes are perfect. Sorry you’re feeling burnt out and unmotivated. Give yourself a break — we’ll understand if there’s a break in your action and be here when you’re ready!
What an encouraging comment- THANK YOU for the reminders and the grace. 🙂
Really really cool Kirstin! Glad you’ve got your project mojo back. 🙂
Thanks buddy… not sure it’s back like I’m being productive, but at least I’m not hating the idea of doing projects right now. Ha! 🙂
Jen @ Eat. Sleep. MAKE. says
So cute! I have an M (for our last name) that I’m trying to do something with. Maybe I should go the map route! PS, YES I go through burn outs constantly. Sometimes doing the project get me out of it, but other times it’s just good to take a little break and rest 🙂 I’m glad you got your crafty groove back!
Jen, I love that idea for your M.
And I think that taking a step back sometimes is such a great idea. I loved Shannon’s blog post about how sometimes being online makes it harder to be creative (I TOTALLY AGREE). Thanks for the words of encouragement, friend. 🙂
Kelly from http://www.sewinginnomansland.com just moved to Paris. I bet she’d send you a couple maps for Piper’s P.
Joelle- YES, love Kelly! What a great idea… 🙂
Jessica at Me Sew Crazy says
Love this idea! So fantastic! I love anything map related – this is awesome.
Jessica- ME TOO- love maps (and globes!). I always want to keep all of the ones we collect when we travel… 🙂
Alicia @ La Famille says
so cute! i bet they love them!!
Thanks friend. He is pretty excited about his “B.” 🙂 Can’t wait to make Piper Jane’s “P” as well (though I might not use maps… I get bored easily and don’t like to do the same project more than once- haha). 🙂
I feel like that too. Your brain is buzzing with ideas, but then actually executing them feels like a chore. But then once you get started, you can’t wait to see it finished.
Brianna, YES! Buzzing and buzzing. Hopefully this kick of actually doing lasts- haha. 🙂
I love this!!!
Thanks Lorie! 🙂
Tara McKnight says
I emailed you the other day, but not sure if you got it, about a tooth fairy pillow. Y’all are the craftiest people I know and am looking for advice on a project. If you have time I would love to pick your brain to figure out how to do this project.
Hi friend. Love Burke’s map monogram. I was smiling as I read this because we did a giant cardboard T from Joann’s covered in an Ohio map for Tyson’s big boy room and it’s on the blog (http://fivehappyjudds.blogspot.com/2011/11/big-boy-room.html). Great minds think alike, right? : )
And thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. I appreciate it so much and love hearing from you!
Tiff, great minds DO think alike. I think I’ve seen your map “T” before, so maybe you were my inspiration? 🙂
I love keeping up with you guys- so thankful that you did Lemontree so I could find you (and Erin! love that girl too!). 🙂
I’m just seeing this now and it looks AMAZING!! It’s so super fun, the size of the letter shows off the map perfectly, and the stripes are just the perfect accent. I bet he loves it!!
I just pinned something the other day about DIYing one of those giant letters out of cardboard,toilet paper tubes, and papier mache, so if you need another for Piper…just a FYI. Or you could just buy one and save your efforts, they aren’t available to me here. 🙂
PS-These pictures are beautiful! Very bright and crisp! New camera or just one of those perfect lighting days? 🙂
Oooooh, love the DIY tip.
And thanks for the kind words, and for your part in all of this. 🙂
ps- new lens? maybe that’s it? or maybe I’m just (finally) getting better at taking pictures- haha. 🙂
Love this map monogram! Love London (and Paris for that matter) too. So cute! And I really have to search for some of those globe banks…if they can still be found.
Anneliese- I think you and I might be good travel buddies. 🙂
And I got the bank at an antique shop (I found two of them- the other is really beat up, but I kind of love it). I keep trying to find more. 🙂
I love the Map Covered Monogram which would make a great project next time my nephew comes to spend the night with me. I think this could pass as a “boy” project. He enjoyed a string art project the last time he came for a visit, and left a happy & proud young man.
Shonda, I love this. I especially love it that your nephew will craft with you (hoping Burke will do the same someday!). 🙂
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