DIY: Personalized Map Art – Life is a Journey


There are many DIY map-related projects around the internet such as wall décor and coasters. My map décor is comparatively small and simple. I like doing and showing you projects that are easy to make.

I especially love personalized projects like my recent vacation memory vase. So, I personalized this map print. My map themed inspiration came from projects where a vacation spot or where a couple met was highlighted.

My map print shows you where my husband grew up, where I grew up, where we met and where we currently live. I also added the words “Life is a Journey” to it. This map shows our journey to each other and to where we are raising our kids now.

The materials I used for this map project were a page from a World Atlas, a 5×7 frame, pencil, scissors and a printer.


How I made my Map Décor – Here’s my Tutorial:

I recently found an old World Atlas at my mom’s former home (I say former because she recently moved). The atlas is from the 1970s. This atlas is in my possession now. Maybe someday I’ll repurpose more map pages from it.

For this project, I first picked a map I wanted to use. I focused on the eastern part of the United States that would fit into a 5×7 frame. As I stated above, this map project highlights where my husband grew up, where I grew up, where we met and where we currently live. Those places are in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

I used my picture frame’s glass to line up and trace the part of the map I wanted to cut.


I was going to free hand write the words “Life is a Journey” on the map. Instead, I used Microsoft Word and printed it directly on the map. I did a few practice prints on regular paper first to make sure it was sized and lined up correctly. I love how the printed words look like it was originally part of the map. You could write the words free hand, use stickers or cut vinyl letters. Do whatever works best for you.

The last thing I did was draw stars on our significant places with a brown colored pencil. I also placed lines from where we each grew up to where we met. I then drew a line from where we met to where we live now.


I love how this framed print shows our journey via a map.

What do you think of using maps as wall and home decor?

(I’m linking up to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays, and The Frugal Girls!)


  1. I really like it. Nice job.

  2. Thanks Linda.

  3. Debbie,
    What a great look and even better idea!
    You continue to amaze me!! Another winner!

  4. Thanks Rosie.

  5. This is awesome! Our family’s would take a map of the whole country (we came from either coast and met in the middle, LOL). Thanks for sharing!

  6. What an awesome project ~ and so simple too! I love to use maps in decor because you can personalize them and this is a perfect example. 🙂

  7. Jordan – Your map would look cool with the whole country.
    Heidi – Thanks. And thanks for visiting.

  8. I love it! Such a great idea to highlight important places to you, and I love the addition of the text. I used maps of places important to us in some wall art — stop by and check it out if you want!

  9. This is such a sweet project! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  10. Love it! What a great idea! I’m co-hosting a link party and I’d love it if you’d come link up on Wednesday at

    See you soon!

  11. What a great idea and I love how meaningful it is. I would be so happy if you shared this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it.
    Hope to see you there.
    carolyn | homework

  12. Fantastic idea! I love map projects!

  13. We are a military family and I am going to use this GREAT idea for where we have been! Thanks so much for posting this!

  14. What a great idea! 🙂

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