Make your own city map wall art #Do It Yourself#art#bedrooms#maps August 23 | Guest post by Megan Christie One of the blessings/curses of moving to a new and bigger place is having an abundance of blank wall space. If you're like me, you want to fill it with color, color, and more color. Unfortunately, art is expensive. Fortunately, DIY is cheap and easy. My first stop for art placement was above the bed. I wanted a few pieces to cover a large expanse (and match my bright bedspread). I fell in love with graphic city map concept a while ago. So I attempted to make my own for around $37. Here's how you can make them too… What you'll need: Three 16×20 canvasses Martha Stewart Crafts Patterning Tape Two colors of hardware store sample size paint (You could use craft paint or spray paint as well. Spray paint would be ideal, but, you know, I needed to make sure it matched the bedspread.) Step 1: Choose my cities. I chose my hometown, my fiance's hometown, and the town where we met. The next step was to break out Google Maps and settle upon a uniform distance that encompassed major, recognizable roads in all three towns. Embrace word-nerdery: 6 ways to Scrabble it up at home Scrabblers are hardcore. Celebrate the game that takes skill, smarts, and strategy with these ways people've used Scrabble as a decor theme -- from fridge... [more] Step 2: Sketch out (with a ruler) the major roads on a sheet of letter paper. Depending on your eyeballing reliability, you can either guesstimate or grid the next step. Draw your map on the canvas (keeping in mind that it is roughly 4x the size of your paper). Step 3: Time for tape! Use the smaller-width tape to go over minor roads and the larger-width tape to go over major roadways. In one city, I used two widths of the larger tape for an interstate. Be sure to continue the tape to the backsides of the canvas for easier peeling and pretty edges. Step 4: Paint over the tape. If you're using wall paint (like me) or craft paint, use a foam brush or blotter to go over the tape so as not to get bristles underneath. These methods also require two coats for 100% opacity. If you're using spray paint, ignore all that tediousness and go nuts! When all is dry, peel off the tape and gawk at your awesome, graphic artwork! If you feel like further personalizing your maps, mark a meaningful spot or two! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Christie I am a new homeowner and bright color enthusiast. PREVIOUS Host your own panty party NEXT 9 things to do before you bring a new kitten into your home Toggle comments [ 11 ] Oh man, this looks awesome. My boyfriend is a maps and roads geek so I think he would love it too! Reply Brilliant! I've always loved maps, and I'm moving soon. This might need to happen for the new place. Reply Doing this. Hashtag crafty weekend! Reply looks great!! Would be much easier with American straight roads and planned cities rather than British twisty windy crazy roaded towns Reply What a neat idea. Also where is your bedding from? I love chevrons. Reply Not even my bed, but… Target. … I window shop the internet waaaay too much. 1 agrees Reply Yep! I kind of wish I was going to college again just so I could shop all of their new back to school bedding. But being an adult is way more fun. Also, affordable chevron! Finally! 1 agrees Reply Awwww I'm in the UK and Target don't ship internationally Thanks anyway. Reply love this idea! both me and my significant other are have an academic background in geography it would be perfect for our bedroom! Reply This would be awesome with subway maps, too! And there are always bulletin boards at my local thrift shop to use instead of new canvases… *plotting * Reply I just realized this would be awesome if you did it with hiking/park trails too. but did you put the street names on it? or just figure it's abstract-y art? Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.