If you are looking for an “Our first home” personalized gift or just something to make for your own home, this is an easy home map sign you can make with everyday affordable materials.
I’m a little tired of gifting only the registry items for weddings these days so I wanted to make something easy and affordable as an additional gift for the couple’s first home.
My printer ran out of ink for the time being so I couldn’t print the map portion so for the photos, I had to substitute a map I had around the house.
There are many different sentiments you can add to this sign. I just included a phrase that I thought was filling for the design.
I’ve seen really cute nautical-themed latitude longitude signs. I’ve seen “The x Family Established y” phrases. Even something like “Home Sweet Home” works.
Materials for DIY Home Map Sign
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Frame – Any frame works for this project. Here’s the basic black one I used in the photo from Amazon.
White Cardstock – I like framing the map using white, I think it creates a clean aesthetic but technically you can use any color. Here’s a super affordable pack of white cardstock from Amazon that will sure come in handy for other projects as well.
Printer – You will need a printer for the map and the frame. Since mine ran out of ink, I just used black vinyl with some transfer tape for the letters. You can always just use a printed map if you happen to have one.
Cutting Machine – I use a Cricut. Check out my recommendations for Cricut machines and accessories for beginners for more info.
Template – I’ve included all of my Our First Home Printable frame templates for free in my resource library.
Tutorial for Making a Personalized DIY Map Decor
Step 1: Print or cut your map
I like using google maps. I just type in the address and then zoom out to an appropriate screen. The print function is the hamburger menu in the upper left corner of the screen.
Step 2: Cut you map to size of the frame
It doesn’t have to cover everything, it just needs to cover the cutout of the house.
Step 3: Prepare your frame.
If you are printing then cutting, then this is a relatively simple step. Otherwise, cut your vinyl and weed as needed.
I did not include the frame with the house templates because I figured people might have different frame sizes. You will need to draw you own frame border with the “Square” tool and then “attach” it to the house graphic in Cricut Design Space.
You can also just cut this with a knife if you don’t have a cutting machine.
Step 4: Position your map in place
When sandwiched between the backing and the frame, the map should stay in place. If you want it extra secure, you can always tape it to the back of the frame.
That’s it! Sign making doesn’t get any easier than this.
Home decor, I believe, is something we could all enjoy. You can customize your house based on your likings and preferences. If you are living solo, you can do anything with your home. However, for people, like me, who have a family, we need to consider our family members. Having young kids, I need to make sure that I use home decor they would not easily damage or play with. But even with kids, we wanted to make sure that our homes look what we have in our minds.
Based on my experience, there are a lot of home decors I tend to move away from. But there are also amazing home decors anyone, even with a young family, can consider. A map is amazing home decor. They are simple, but chic to look at. Of course, you do not need to spend a hefty amount of money to buy a map. There are a lot of map sign decors that are available for an affordable price. You can also get crafty and make your own.
In making a DIY Home Map Sign, you are not restricted. You can pick any design you want. Buying one could be difficult if you are looking for a particular design. But making your DIY Home Map Sign, you are free to choose whatever you want. You can also make a DIY Home Map Sign for every room in your house. Your kids can make this with you and make their own Home Map Sign for their rooms!
17 thoughts on “DIY Our First Home Signs”
How do I make the Google map large enough to fill the house cut out?
That depends on your printer settings. I believe you can send google maps to the printer at which point you should do a print preview and adjust until it is the size appropriate for your project.
I found MapQuest much easier to use – doesn’t have all the advertising for restaurants, etc. Plus I could scale it to print somewhat larger than I could with Google maps.
Put the printer setting on landscape. If possible, use legal paper to get an even bigger image..
I can’t seem to locate the download button for the svgs?
I signed up for your library, but can’t seem to find the svg files for this project. Help please!
Hi there! All the templates are in my free resource library (see link in menu bar)
I still couldnt get it to work for free… it wanted me to sign up for a membership?
You do not need to sign up for a paid membership to access the Free Resources on our site. You only sign up for the newsletter, and the password is sent via email to you.
Alterntively, please drop am email to firstname.lastname@example.org and our elf will help you out.
I can’t ever find any of the templates in the resource library. Searches just return the article, not the svg file. 🙁
The download button is there in the article, usually, you can click on the image too. However, in case you are not seeing the clickable link, just send us an email on email@example.com with the names of the designs you are looking for and we will send it over. 🙂
Where can I access this SVG? Cannot find it under resources.
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and our elf will help you out 🙂
same as everyone else- i received the email password, yet still cannot access the file for free.
The Resources Link is in the menu itself at the top of the website page.
Please send an email to email@example.com for assistance on this.
I am interested in finding out how I can receive your DIY Home Map Art free template – Home Is Where The Heart Is. I cannot locate it and would like assistance locating it. Thanks.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and our elf will help you out.