First, thank you all SO MUCH for the kind words and support on yesterday’s post about Ruth’s loft. It’s always wonderful to have work you really love recognized and well received, so thank you!
As promised, I’m back today with a little tutorial on these map stick figures. This is not exactly a tutorial, but more just a materials list and printable template for the stick figures. I really loved these round vintage frames Ruth had thrifted and I wanted to create something personal and inexpensive for her gallery wall and I wanted something long that would take advantage of the frame’s oval shape.
Really the whole thing couldn’t be easier. Honestly the hardest part of this project was finding a road atlas! Talk about something that’s gone the way of the dinosaur thanks to the smart phone! I tried Target, 7 Eleven, the grocery store, etc and came up empty. I ended up buying this one on Amazon. Depending on the cities you’re looking for, you might need a fairly detailed atlas. Ruth’s husband grew up in Houston but Ruth grew up in a tiny town along the Oregon coast so a detailed atlas was in order.
I printed my stick figures (you can download the template here) and traced them onto the atlas. I think it looks better when the city name or identifying characteristics are centered on the body so you can clearly identify the location when you look at the figure.
After you cut your figures out, you can just glue them down and frame. That’s it. Seriously, couldn’t be easier and the result is cute and totally personal.
It would be cute in a little family tree type of set up don’t you think?