Houston… It may not be glamorous, or beautiful, or sophisticated, or less than a million degrees in the summer, but it’s home.
I recently had to say goodbye to a friend who moved back to the Pacific Northwest. Houston was only her home for a year, but we got to know each other during that year, and I am so sad to see her go! I wanted to make her something to remember her home here, however brief it was…
So I sort of combined my giant decoupaged map of Paris and my anniversary gift to my husband to make a little something for her to remember us by. Since she was about to drive across the country and car space was limited, I went for a miniature map (approximately 5″x8″), but she can put it in a gallery wall, stand it on a shelf, use it as a bookend, or whatever she wants…
It was simple to make. I began by printing an antique map of Houston that I found online and cutting a 2-by-6 to fit. I sanded the board down (especially at the edges to create an aged look) and stained it Dark Walnut.
I then folded the map to give it creases and brewed a little coffee…
I unfolded the map and used coffee along those lines to give the map more of an aged look.
Once the coffee dried, I used a quick coat of mod podge under and over the whole thing, and it was finished.
The sanded edges and aged map are gorgeous.
And, most importantly, it’s a little taste of home.
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