USA Map Art Project {Patriotic Summer Blog Hop & Giveaway}

Hello Friends!

I love a challenge. When Tasha of Designer Trapped in an Lawyers body asked me if I wanted to  create a 4th of July project without using the colors Red, White or Blue, I said “heck yeah”.

USA Map Art Project

USA Map Project by Paper & Fox

I have joined up with more than 30 AMAZING bloggers to tackle the challenge of creating a patriotic project or recipe without using the traditional red, white and blue color scheme! How fun is that?! For the next four weeks, all 30+ projects will be shared on some of the most awesome blogs around. This is my project.

USA Map Art Project

So, 4th of July inspired decor can be a little “in your face” loud ” I love America. There is nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to create something that said “I love my country”, but in a low-key kind of way. It would also be very nice to have something that I could keep displayed year round.

I hopped in my car and visited the nearest craft store.

USA MAP ART PROJECT

I purchased a wood painting panel and contact paper. Once back home, I used an image of the US Map to create a template. I am not a cartographer and my template is not accurate.

I traced the map template onto the contact paper.

usa map project

I determined where I wanted my USA Map image on the wood panel.

usa map project

I attached the contact paper to the wood panel. With Gray acrylic paint and water I made a paint wash. I mixed the water and paint together until it was the constancy of whole milk.

usa map project

I applied the wash with a sponge brush. I love how wood grain is coming out.  I set the panel aside to dry for a few hours.

usa map project

Now, my favorite part… I removed the contact paper.   How easy was that?

usa map project

I love how it turned out. It is simple, elegant and sends a patriotic message without screaming it in your face.  We have it displayed on our fireplace and will probably keep up there until we have to make room for the Christmas Stockings.

So what do you think of my USA Map Project. Too little, too much or just right.

Don’t forget about the $310 Target gift card giveaway. To celebrate summer and the 4th of July holiday, we want to give you more than just creative inspiration. We want to give one lucky reader a $310 Target Gift Card! The giveaway will end on July 4, 2014 at 11:59 pm. But why wait to enter? Do it now! Best of luck to you :)
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ow, before you head out, be sure to head over to  to check out our first inspiring project from the amazing Katie! And the line-up for the next few days includes  Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body, One Krieger Chick, Craftberry Bush and Black and White Obsession . Be sure to check their blogs throughout the week to see their amazing projects.

Thanks for visiting, Carmody

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51 Responses to USA Map Art Project {Patriotic Summer Blog Hop & Giveaway}

  1. Tasha June 12, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    I adore this, Carmody! SUCH a smart use of contact paper. I was wondering how you did it! Thanks so much for participating in the blog hop!

    • carmody June 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

      Thanks Tasha! This is such a fun blog hop and excited to see what all these creative brains come up with.

  2. Amy @ Homey Oh My! June 12, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    What a beautifully simple project! Very clever use of contact paper!

    • carmody June 12, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

      Thanks Amy, I also like affect of the beaded up paint on the contact paper.

  3. melindacaldwell June 12, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    Stopping by from That’s Fresh Friday link party. I love this, it is nice to see something patriotic that isn’t red, white and blue. Thanks for sharing :)

    • carmody June 13, 2014 at 7:34 am #

      Thank you Melinda!

  4. Rachel @ Craving some Creativity June 12, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

    This is so easy and cute! I want to make something similar for my son’s bedroom. He gets excited whenever he sees a flag (even on a license plate) or a map of the USA.

    • carmody June 13, 2014 at 7:30 am #

      Rachel, this is a great project for you and your son to do together.

  5. Karen @ a house full of sunshine June 13, 2014 at 3:16 am #

    Such a clever idea! It looks so effective! I love the concept of using contact paper as a mask – my brain is ticking with possibilities now. :)

    • carmody June 13, 2014 at 7:29 am #

      Thanks Karen! It was a really fun and simple project.

  6. Elise June 13, 2014 at 9:41 am #

    I really like this! I like the wood grain showing through.

    • carmody June 15, 2014 at 6:59 am #

      Thanks Elise! That was my goal.

  7. Corey @ Tinysidekick June 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    I love this Carmody! Great job :)

    • carmody June 14, 2014 at 7:28 am #

      Thanks Corey!

  8. Melissa @ A Prudent Life June 16, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    I love that you made the background dark vs the map. This is such a great series!

  9. Trisha D. June 16, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    I think your map is just right- not too much and not too little. It makes it easier to ‘layer’ other elements wherever you put it!

    I’m loving this blog hop thus far, cannot wait to see what else is in store!!

  10. Ashley@BiggerthantheThreeofUs June 17, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Love how this turned out!

  11. Amanda {Burlap & Babies} June 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    That’s awesome!! I’ve been looking for any easy way to track where we’ve been in the world and that might be a perfect way to do it. Pinning so I don’t forget. Thanks!! Would love if you linked this up over at our Motivational Monday link party on Burlap and Babies.

    {http://www.burlapandbabies.com/2014/06/motivational-monday-jun16.html}

  12. Corey @ TinySidekick June 19, 2014 at 10:49 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this awesome project with us at The Makers. I love it!

  13. Kim~madeinaday July 2, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Stopping by to let you know I will be featuring you tomorrow on my 4th of July P3 post!
    Kim

    • carmody July 2, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

      Yeahh!!!! Thanks Kim! I am flattered.

  14. leiabushman July 9, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    I love it, Carmody! Perfect for staying up year round. :)

  15. Samuel September 13, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    there is no Upper Peninsula?!

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