Since Joslynne's nursery has a lot to do with travel and adventure, we decided to make her a map with all the states she has family in! Our families are quite spread out, and it will be fun to show her where each person lives as she gets older! She has already visited a few places and we hope to take her to more!
We found a wooded USA cut out at Michaels, but I have seen them at other craft stores like Joann and Hobby Lobby as well.
You will need:
Wooden USA Cutout
White paint or wood stain (if your cutout is natural wood and you wish to change the background color)
Print out of the United States showing state outlines (same size as your wooden cutout)
Craft paint in desired colors
1. Our USA cutout came whitewashed, but if you find one that is unfinished wood, paint it white or stain it if you'd like the background something other than unfinished wood.
Once you're ready to add states, Google "United States outline" to find a map that shows the states. You will want to print the map the same size as your cutout. If the cutout is larger than a sheet of copy paper, you will have to print it out in sections.
I saved the map image from Google, and pasted it to a word document. I made the image approximately as large as my wooden cutout allowing the image to go off the page onto another page. I printed the pages out and taped them together to form a map. Mine ended up printing in 3 sections.
2. Outline the states you wish to paint on the map with a colored pen, and carefully cut them out. Do not cut into the side of the map. Instead, fold the paper slightly right in the center of the state you are cutting and make a small cut. Unfold, and you will have a cut to get you started in the center of the state. Continue cutting around the outline to make a stencil of that state.
3. Once you've cut out all the desired states, place the paper map over the wooden cutout. Line up the edges of the maps. The wooden cutout will not be as detailed as the paper map round the edges, but the general outline will be the same.
Use the paper map like a stencil and trace the outlines onto the wooden cutout with sharpie.
4. Fill in each state outline with your favorite colors of craft paint. Carefully outline in paint as well to cover the sharpie. We added a heart outline where our baby lives in our home state. :)
Allow to dry. Our wooden USA came with a hanging string. If yours doesn't you can add hanging hardware, or simply staple a string to hang!
Check out Josy's entire Nursery here. :)