DIY: Map quest

My best friend and her husband (still sounds strange that we’re not 17 and heading out to Club Sarah, she has a husband and I have a husband to be) celebrated their first wedding anniversary recently. They really love travelling and have been pretty much all over the world. I had spotted these framed heart maps on Pinterest a while back and knew I wanted to make one for them as a gift.

Map heart frameWhen I was in Ikea a month or so ago I picked up a Ribba photo frame. I was going to just print maps from Google Maps, but then Rossa suggested using an atlas for better quality, which I picked up in a shop in Rathmines. It feels so wrong to cut up a book, I’m still having palpitations at the thought of it, but in this case I feel it’s justified. And I promise to recycle what I don’t use or keep it to make more similar gifts.

I used:

  • Scissors, spray glue, pencil
  • Maps (old maps, old atlases or even printed from online maps)
  • A heart shape to trace around, I used a heart shaped ramekin we happened to have
  • A photo frame
  • Backing card big enough to fit your frame

Map heart frameI asked my friend to name some places she and her husband have happy memories of. These included Hong Kong, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand and Australia. It took some time to pin her down to give me 9 places they had been without explaining to her what I was up to.

Map heart frameOnce I had my 9 places, I traced around the heart shaped ramekin and cut out the shapes. Then I decided what order I wanted them in, sprayed the back of them with glue and glued them onto the backing card. I divided the card into a 3×3 grid (although didn’t mark the paper) and placed each heart into one section of the grid. I did this pretty much freehand, and while they’re not perfect, they’re good enough for me.

Map heart frameI need to give this as a gift later so had to photograph it under artificial light. I would love to have the time to photograph it in all its glory properly, as it’s quite visually impressive, with the green, blue and white. But this will have to do.

DIY: Something for my girls

At first I wasn’t going to have any bridesmaids, but the further we got in the wedding planning, the more I felt I wanted to have my girls beside me. But in the end having my best friends beside me on one of the most important days in my life trumped the cost implication of three dresses, three pairs of shoes, three hairs and makeups.

Bridesmaid cardSo having decided we would both have three friends I ended up getting drunk and asking the girls to be my bridemaids. They were thrilled and I was delighted they said yes, but I did feel bad about the way in which I asked them. Then my abosolute favourite wedding blog, One Fab Day did a post on Popping the question… to the Bridesmaids, where they featured lots of ways you can ask your friends.

Bridesmaid cardI decided that because I’d been a drunken boob (in fairness, we were all fairly pissed that night) that I would make and send them a thank you card, similar to some of the ones. I found a font online that I liked and downloaded and installed it. It took me a while to visualise where on my A4 page the text should go (on the lower half of the page!), then downloaded a squiggly clip art from the Microsoft website. On the inside of the card I included “Thanks you for being my bridesmaid” rather than “will you by my bridesmaid”. Finally I coloured it all in purple, as this is the colour theme for the wedding, and printed it out onto card.

Bridesmaid card envelopeThen I had to find a suitable envelope, so downloaded a C5 template, and printed it onto stiff silvery paper. I hope the girls love then as much as I do.

Bridesmaid card