Personalized State Wall Art {Where We Met}

I keep adding projects to my dining room “Des Moines” wall gallery. This personalized state wall art canvas is a good addition as well as good practice for an upcoming subway art canvas project for my gallery. This one highlights where my husband and I are each from and where we met.


My inspiration for this project came from a canvas I saw on which I was “this close” to  buying, but it didn’t come in quite the right color.

Red Envelope Personalized States Canvas

Once I decided to make it myself, I decided to add a few other elements. My husband and I are both originally from Iowa and we met in college here, so I wanted to show those spots on our map.


  • 9×12 Canvas
  • Acrylic paint – 3 colors (blue background, yellow stars, and a red heart)
  • Foam brushes
  • Stencils (Iowa outline, small star, small heart)


I created my stencils with my Silhouette Cameo. First I placed my state and name stencils on the canvas and painted my background color over the top and sides.


Then I carefully peeled off the stencils. I could have just stopped here and been pretty happy, but it really wouldn’t have had as much meaning.


Next I placed my star stencils where both my husband’s and my hometowns are on the map and painted them yellow. Since where we met is close to one of the stars, I let them dry first, removed the stencils and then placed the heart stencil for where we met and painted it red.


I’ve added it to my mantle arrangement until we’re ready to hang our gallery wall in the dining room. If I had it to do again, I probably would have made the heart slightly smaller or nixed it all together. I really liked it when it was just the two stars. This was actually a pretty easy project once I had my stencils created, so if it doesn’t grow on me, I may redo it.

personalized-state-canvas-croppedPersonalized State Wall Art

This is only my third project with my Silhouette Cameo, and I’m loving it so far! I still have a lot to learn – one project at a time.

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13 thoughts on “Personalized State Wall Art {Where We Met}

  1. Julia March 25, 2013 at 11:26 am Reply

    Hi! You were a couple of links before me at Made by You Monday and I had to swing by! I went to UNI for my undergrad and the Iowa silhouette totally caught my eye! I think you did a great job! I love how you personalized it and made it yours! I am going back and forth about investing in a Cricut or Silhouette, and with your project I am definitely leaning towards getting one! Great project! Thanks for sharing!

    It’s Always Ruetten

    • sometimes-homemade March 25, 2013 at 5:29 pm Reply

      Thanks Julia! I think I might be addicted to my Silhouette. I thought about it for a while before I purchased because I’m not a scrapbooker. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Jillian @ Hi! It's Jilly March 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm Reply

    How cute! I love it! So sweet! Pinning. 🙂

    • sometimes-homemade March 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm Reply

      Thanks! I like the “artwork” in our house to be somewhat meaningful. Otherwise I have such a hard time deciding on anything. Thanks for visiting!

  3. cleaneatingveggiegirl March 25, 2013 at 7:53 pm Reply

    This is SO cool! Plus, the fact that I am from Iowa makes me love it even more! 🙂

  4. Krista Low March 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm Reply

    I love this! What a fun idea. I am in the military so I am thinking one for each state we have been stationed… Thanks for getting the creativity churning 🙂 Krista @

    • sometimes-homemade March 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm Reply

      That’s a great idea! It would make a great gallery for you.

  5. Miranda @ Someday Crafts March 27, 2013 at 10:20 pm Reply

    This is soooo darling. I actually love the heart! Now I’m thinking of a way to combine my state and his state and where we’ve lived. Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday! We’ll be featuring your project tomorrow, so come by and check it out 🙂

    • sometimes-homemade March 28, 2013 at 9:01 am Reply

      Thanks Miranda! I’ve seen people frame maps in the shape of their states together of where they both came from. You could also do a larger canvas with both states. So many options!

  6. ntcreations March 28, 2013 at 2:04 am Reply

    super cute! I love things like this! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays! love it! Really appreciate you stopping by my blog! I’m trying to keep in better touch with my linkers/readers… If you already follow me, please let me know I will find your blog on Bloglovin (I’m transferring my follows there)if you don’t follow in any way, would you consider following via GFC or other method?

    • sometimes-homemade March 28, 2013 at 10:52 am Reply

      Thanks for stopping by! I kept meaning to sign up for Bloglovin as an alternate to Google Reader, but hadn’t gotten to it. Now I have, and I’m following you.

  7. Eclectic Medicine Design House April 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm Reply

    Love this idea, seen a lot of examples on Pinterest.
    Love the step by step ideas. Thanks! Great post 🙂

  8. Melissa April 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm Reply


    Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I featured your Personalized State Wall Art today! Have a great week. :0)


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