Long Distance Love Wall Art
I was inspired to make this fun wall art after seeing a poster similar to it on Urban Outfitters. Anything relating to long distance love holds a special place with me since the first six months of our relationship was spent being 1800 miles apart! It’s crazy to think that this time last year, Josh was just here visiting and now we’re engaged and sharing a home together! Regardless if you met your sweetheart miles away or just down the block, this is a really fun and easy piece to make by using aerial maps of your hometown and a favorite quote or lyric!
3 small canvases (6×6”)
Aerial maps of your city printed out on regular printer paper
Quote or lyric printed out on regular paper
To find an aerial map of your city..just Google it! Search images and sort by largest size. You don’t want a small picture blown up or it’s just going to look blurry. I saved the photos I wanted (one of Des Moines, IA and two of Portland, OR) and then put a sepia filter on them for a vintage look. You can do this through your camera’s photo editor program or upload them online to a free editor like Picassa. Have your photo set to fill the paper and hit print!
Next, you’ll want to type out the lyric/quote that you want on your photos. I used a free font I downloaded and set it at 48 for the size. Cut out your words and set aside.
Place your printed out photo on top of the canvas and crease around the edges where you want your photo to be. Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the face of the canvas and carefully place your photo down (image side up).
Smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles and set aside to dry for a few minutes. Repeat with remaining canvases.
Next cut slits in the corners of the photo. This will help you fold in the ends easier. Place a thin layer of Mod Podge on the sides and fold edges of photo down. Just imagine you’re wrapping a birthday present!
Next, place your cut out words on the canvases so you know exactly how it will look. I didn’t worry too much about spacing or centering because I wanted a slightly haphazard/DIY look. If you’re a perfectionist though, use a ruler to line up your words. Run a thin layer of Mod Podge on the back of the word and place down on top of the photo. Smooth out any wrinkles and repeat with remaining words.
Once dry, hang it up and enjoy your new artwork!