DIY Map Home Decor

Home Decor

If you are looking for a personalized housewarming gift or something to make for your own home, this is an easy home map sign you can make with every day affordable materials.

I’m a little tired of gifting only the registry items for wedding these days so I wanted to make something easy and affordable as a 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 a round 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 frame templates for free in my resource library.

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    Tutorial for Making a Personalized Home Map Sign

    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.

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    4 thoughts on “DIY Map Home Decor”

    1. Shelley says:

      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.

    2. Lillian says:

      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.

    3. Claire C Smith says:

      Put the printer setting on landscape. If possible, use legal paper to get an even bigger image..

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