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DIY Map Memorabilia Board – Easy and Inexpensive gift!

So, browsing pinterest (of course) I came across this idea I wanted to tweak a bit and replicate it. I thought this idea was so personal and down right amazing for a Christmas gift. 
This map of the world has a heart where each member of my family (from my Great Grandparents down) have served missions for our church.  There are 40 hearts on it! I am so proud of my family! My Grandpa is 96 and my Grandma is 90 and I know they are just going to LOVE it!

First, I got this board at Home Depot and painted it a taupe color I had lying around. Home Depot can cut your board down to any size you need.

Then, I cut out this map of the world vinyl shape on my Silhouette and I cut out the scripture, Joshua 24:15, “…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Then, I cut out the hearts in red vinyl. 
I applied the world map vinyl and the scripture then placed heart in the country or state that each member of our family served their missions. The hardest part was identifying all of the countries! 
Then I gave it a good spray with some aerosol polyurethane to seal in all of the vinyl. It made it look very professional instead of just stickers stuck on.
Both of us have decided to make these for our families! We’re going to have very happy grandparents this Christmas! 🙂
UPDATE: Savannah and I made one for her family too using a big canvas! 
and another update, my Great Grandparents (and everyone at the party) LOVED it! It was a hit for sure! 
I just wanna point out, don’t they look dang good for being 90 and 96 years old?? 
I love them more than anything! 
Seriously, I wish I had more people to make this for, it was so fun and so rewarding!
Are you going to give it a try!?
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15 Comments

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    Jen
    December 12, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    SO Cute!!!!!
    Savannah, is this what you are doing for G & G Banks?!?! Love it!!!!!

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    Amber
    December 13, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Cute idea, grandma and grandpa will love it! We need someone called to Africa!

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    Jessica
    December 14, 2011 at 2:28 am

    I absolutely love this!

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    Shannyn
    December 27, 2011 at 4:56 am

    I totally love this, what a gorgeous project- I think I shall have to make one and use it as an excuse to get more hearts on the map!

    BTW- I absolutely LOVE your blog layout. It’s totally gorgeous, I love the colors and how everything is just placed so well together!

    -Shannyn
    http://www.frugalbeautiful.com

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    The Southern Product Queen
    December 28, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Love your ideas! I’m having a linky party as well on my blog. Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/2011/12/27/the-linky-party-1227-1231/

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    Lowri
    December 30, 2011 at 1:18 am

    WOW – this is amazing! Fabulous tutorial too. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Lowri
    http://papervinenz.blogspot.com/

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    bsu fam
    December 31, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    My son is getting ready to serve and I think this would make a great Christmas present for my parents as they get ready to have a bunch of Elders! Thanks for the idea. I love it.

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    bonniegetchell
    January 8, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    I absolutely love this! And even more, I love the message! 🙂

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    http://bonniegetchell.blogspot.com

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    Six Sisters
    September 29, 2012 at 2:43 am

    We love this missionary map!! It’s such a special time for the whole family!! -The Six Sisters

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    Stacia Liechty
    September 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I’ve got to make this for my grandparents! They would love it! You have adorable grandparents, they do look AWESOME!
    Stacia@ http://feathersandsunshine.blogspot.com

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    Colleen
    October 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    This is SO amazing! I realize this is an old post so you may never see this but I was wondering if you could tell us where you found the silhouette of the world? I have been looking and can’t seem to find anything like yours. If you could point me in the right direction or even have a link, I would be SO appreciative! Thanks for the great idea! 🙂

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    Samye
    October 18, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I love the vinyl cut out as well, would you mind sending me some info about it if you have it available?
    Thanks!

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    shauna Uri
    October 29, 2014 at 12:08 am

    I would really love to make this as a gift for my friend. Do you have the file you used for your silhouette? Would you mind sharing that with me.
    Thanks!

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    Buffy
    November 13, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I would love to make this project as well. Could you share the file for the world map? Thanks!!

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