I saw this just last week and I knew I had to make one of my own.
You see, I love maps (from my dad) and pretty patterns (from my mom) and this project is the perfect marriage of the two.
Luckily, last Thursday when I was inspired to start it right away, it was the perfect time because my mom was here to help me figure it out.
So here's what I did.
I started off with a blank canvas I happened to have in my closet. It was white so I decided to spray paint it yellow.
Then I found a map to use online. I just Googled "USA map coloring page" and one came up.
I printed it off the computer. It wasn't close to being big enough so I enlarged it 200% on my copier and taped the pages together.
(Maddy was sitting with a marker nearby and decided to add some color to my map)
Then, I labeled each state on the back, 1-50.
The example I found used scrapbook paper but I decided to use fabric (my mom had just brought me lots of her scraps!). We decided wonder under would work to both work as a template to cut the shapes and attach the fabric to the board.
I laid the map face down on my white kitchen counter and traced each of the 50 states onto a piece of Wonder Under (so it was in mirror image). That's when I decided this project would have been much easier back on 1776 when there were only 13 colonies. I labeled each state with the number from my map so I wouldn't get them confused.
I then took each state and ironed it to a piece of fabric and cut out the shape.
I laid out each state on the canvas as I went.
After they were all cut out and laid out, I peeled off the back of the wonder under off each state and ironed it to the canvas (ironing on one at a time).
I'm in love with how it turned out.
If I did this project again, I would be a little more exact when tracing each state. If you look closely, you will see some gaps like this one between Montana and North Dakota.
I might add some buttons to mark where we have lived.
The plan is to add this to a gallery wall in the playroom I have in the works.
I hope you give it a try!