For our Anniversary this year, I got him a large map of the world. It was pretty basic (and pretty cheap from AllPosters.com for only $8) so I told him that I would transform it into something really meaningful for him. Here's the steps I took to transform it from Blah to Beautiful:
First, I was super lucky to find this extra large cork board at a yard sale for only $2.00!
Next, I sized up the store-bought map to the cork board and did a little trimming:
I decoupaged the map onto the cork board which gave it a bit of a wrinkly quality (a pleasant surprise). Next, I printed out some sea-fairing images and the words, "Knowledge Is My Treasure" in all of the languages my husband speaks (Mr. Smarty Pants). I decoupaged all of this around the map.
Next, I went decoupage wild! I did one all-over layer of decoupage, then a white-wash made from 1 part white craft paint and 1 part water, then another layer of decoupage. On the frame, I used white with some metallic pearl craft paint.
Finally, I glued some jewels from yard sale costume jewelry onto some silver push pins. Aren't they beautiful pieces of "treasure?"
Now the fun part! My husband and I hung the Treasure Map onto the wall and he had great fun poking the jewels into all of the places he's been.
We now have a living work of art that changes with each voyage and serves as a great conversation piece.
The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
Knowledge Is My Treasure Map (Map $8, Cork Board $2, Costume Jewelry $5, Push Pins $1)
Total Fake-It Cost: $16.00
Total Fake-It Yourself Savings $140.99