January 11, 2013

Wall Mural- Vinyl United States of America


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A long long time ago when we were still living in Korea and couldn't alter the walls of our home, the Silhouette store had the entire USA shape for free as the shape of the week. I knew right then that I had to download it and use it in our new home. See, my son is obsessed with his states and countries, and I knew a giant map of the United States on his wall would not only be awesome, but something he'd love.

Fast forward like a year, and after recovering from my painter's block from the Stenciled Bathroom I did, I was finally ready to do their room. This was a BIG project, and took a lot of planning.

My first step was to decide how big I wanted it, thus figuring out how much vinyl I needed. I had this assortment of vinyl on hand and I ended up using almost all of it. Go big or go home, right?

Then I had to decide my color choices. I did this by making a sketch of the Silhouette USA shape and then labeling each state with the color of vinyl that I was going to use. The only color choice I had to make was to put my kids' favorite colors as the states they were born in. From there I just tried to have no colors touching, of course, and then at least one bigger state and then a few smaller states in each color.


I think I ended up with about 2-3 states in each color, depending on size. Texas had to be split in two, since I didn't want to limit the size of my project to the vinyl sheets I had. Texas is just so big!

After my color choices were decided, I made a document in the Silhouette software for each sheet of vinyl. I love how you can make your page to the exact size of your material. Most of my sheets of vinyl were 12x24, but a few I had used already so they were a little shorter. I just made my document size exactly how I needed it and cut and pasted the states to each document. Here's a screenshot. I saved each document as the color corresponding with it.


Now that all the prep work was done it was time to actually tackle the room! I picked a great color for the wall to look like the ocean.

Then, since I knew the dimensions of the complete shape, I found the measurements of the center of the United States, and centered it where I wanted it on the wall (i didn't want their dressers to cover it). Since Nebraska was my center state, I started with that and worked my way outwards, moving to the west coast first and then back to the midwest and finally finishing with the East. Getting Nebraska 'just right' was crucial to my whole United States not ending up crooked.

It was a little tricky in spots, and if you were to look really really close, you'd see some states that didn't line up exactly perfect, but I think it turned out GREAT! My son was with me the whole time telling me which state needed to come next and just giving me someone to talk to. I painted the room one day and did the vinyl the next, so overall not a bad project!


 After I put all the states up, it still didn't quite seem complete, so I added a title and a compass. Perfection!


What do you think?

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42 comments:

  1. This is fabulous and impressive. WoW!

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  2. Laura this is so wonderful! Our son has maps on his wall, too, but I like this MUCH better! Plus I'm sure it could be used as a study guide {sort of like a dry-erase board} for kids who need a little extra studying. Feel free to share it {or anything else} at Wicked Good Wednesdays www.ilovemydisorganizedlife.com

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    1. I hadn't thought about dry erase! I was planning on printing out pictures of family members and pinning them in the places they live. And it IS a great study tool, just point to a state and quiz time!

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  3. Absolutely AWESOME!!! Pinned! I would love you to come join my Pin Me Linky Party and link this!

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    1. Thanks for linking up! Following via Facebook & Pinterest now!

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  4. Love this idea, well I love maps too! Come visit me at memoriesbythemile.com to see why. Have a great weekend.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  5. This wall is adorable - pinned it!

    kyra @ caramelpotatoes.com

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  6. Just dropping in from Lets Get Social Sunday to follow:) (GFC, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest)

    Thanks so much for joining Lets Get Social Sunday!!
    http://www.myturnforus.com/

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  7. That is a really cool project! Pinning it!

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  8. I love this! So colorful. Wish I had a Silhouette....
    -Ana from http://babbledabbledo.com/

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  9. Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
    Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.http://lenettacarnes.blogspot.com/2013/01/weekly-goals-linkup-html

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  10. Great??? Are you kidding??? This is absolutely AMAZING!! I can't believe this. I loved that you used favorite colors for states you lived in! I'm sure the kids were beaming!!! LOVE it! Thanks for sharing at One Creative Weekend!

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  11. Oh my gosh, it turned our fabulous!! I love it. You did an amazing job. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. I hope you are having a wonderful week. :)

    Kathy

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  12. Congrats, we featured you today @ Keep Calm & Link Up! Stop by and grab a featured button when you get a chance and come back tonight at 5 PM EST to link up your latest and greatest again! xo, Meredith @ www.waittilyourfathergetshome.com

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  13. Wow! This is fantastic! I'm contemplating a map project for my daughter; first to help her learn the states and also to show her where different family members live. I just haven't figured out how I want to do it yet.

    I'd love if you linked up to my Show & Tell party this week. http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/01/show-tell-9.html

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    1. You’ve been featured! Thanks so much for sharing with me.

      http://www.gingerlymade.com/2013/01/show-tell-features_22.html

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  14. I'm featuring you tonight at One Creative Weekend!

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  15. Saw this on the silhouette blog... I love it. It is amazing!

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  16. looks amazing! I want to do that now too!

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  17. You did such an amazing job!!! Visiting from the sil blog!

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  18. This is such a fun idea! I love big maps, and so do my kids! For the larger states such as Texas and California, did you make them fit on the 12x24 sheet or did you piece them together? Thanks!!

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  19. What a great project! Looks so cool on the wall!

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  20. Super impressed. Looks great. I wouldn't have had the patience to make it perfect and would have just given up. Way to go!

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  21. Amazing! Very impressive. Best wishes from the little green state of NH!

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  22. Congrats on the Silhouette feature! You deserve it.

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  23. This looks amazing, I love it.

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  24. Wow! Wow! Wow! You're an awesome Mom!!

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  25. Truly amazing I know my kids would love something like this in their room too, thanks for showing it.

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  26. What a fabulous project. Excellent job.

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  27. WOW!! Gorgeous, I would love to do this someplace in my house, maybe not such a large scale. Hmmmm, which room?

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  28. Awesome. I am so inspired by this project. I want to do the Outer Banks of NC. Thanks!

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  29. Fantastic! This is amazing. Could you tell me what the overall size is?

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  30. I am very impressed. I just purchased this image- love it.

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  31. I cannot tell you how impressed I am with this project! Wow!

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  32. This is so cool. I've been wanting to do a large map in our playroom, and this might just be the winner! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  33. I love maps & this is an impressive project! I don't have a Silhouette but, it makes me want one. Thanks for sharing & linking up @ DearCreatives.com Hope to see you again soon! I'll be giving this a shout out on my site tomorrow.

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  34. What's the name of the color paint that you used on the wall? I love this!

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