I've only been to Texas once so I don't really need the 'Everything's Bigger' state in our home, so I thought it would be nice to show homage to our own state and the place where we bought our first nest.
I started by buying a canvas panel from Hobby Lobby for under $10, and grabbed some acrylic paints at about $1 a piece. I already had the frame from Ikea which was about $20. So with my wallet $35 lighter, I started my own original art.
I started by printing out an outline of Ohio the size I wanted. I then did an ol' transfer trick by turning over the printout and using a pencil to draw along the outline on the state. Then, I turned it over and placed it on the canvas where I wanted it and drew along the outline on the right side and when I picked it up I was left with a light pencil outline of the state. I tried taking a picture, but the pencil was too light and wasn't able to capture it.
Instead of the solid background, I chose to do stripes and picked a cheery yellow and just used painters tape to make stripes and painted everything else. I tried to paint around the state outline and paint lightly so that I didn't get any build-up under the state.
After the yellow paint was dry I then used a small (and cheap) paintbrush to outline the state and just filled it in.
After the blue paint was dry I added a read heart over our home and added it to my frame.
Even though Mike's least favorite color is yellow, I placed it on the shelf above his desk. I thought for sure I would be re-painting it as soon as Mike saw it, but he actually liked it! And while I was working in the office I decided to do a little styling of the storage cubes that I placed my cut-out art on last week. I spray painted an old frame white and added some colorful scrapbook paper, then added an ampersand that I got for sale at Hobby Lobby that also got the spray paint treatment. It's not much, but it makes that area look a little more put together: