DIY State Pride Artwork


This is the one of the easiest projects I’ve shared on here so far. It’ll only take you about 5-10 minutes tops, and you probably have all the supplies needed at your house already: a printer, white paper/cardstock, tape, and a pair of scissors! Not only is it sooo simple, this idea is also really versatile. You can do the state where you live, like I did, or you could adapt this to any shape you please (hearts, animals, the silhouette of your kid’s head…a cloud, perhaps). You could even cut out letters to spell out a quote or a name!

DIY state pride artwork // At Home in Love

DIY state pride artwork

The first step is to print out the outline of whatever it is you intend to cut out. I found a silhouette of Washington state to use as my template.

Cut out artwork

Next, tape a piece of white cardstock behind your printed template. Then, simply cut out the shape, making sure to cut through both layers (your template and the cardstock). Also, cut out a piece of paper the size of your frame (I used this extra deep frame from Ikea). I was originally going to use white paper for the background as well, but then I decided to go with this light gray. I still think tone-on-tone white would look really cool too!

DIY Washington state artwork

Once your shape and the background paper are cut out, turn the shape over and put a few loops of painter’s tape behind it. Turn it back to the front and press it lightly into the center of the background paper. You want it to be raised off the paper a little bit, so dont press too hard.

DIY Washington state artwork

The last thing to do is to frame it and hang it up!

DIY Washington state artwork

I think this turned out really well, especially for a project that was so quick and inexpensive.

Gallery wall

I really like how it has a little bit of dimension from being raised off the background paper--it makes it more special than just a printed silhouette.

Gallery wall with cardboard deer head and DIY art

Let me know if you try the same technique in your house! I’d love to see photos of your version(s).

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  1. Posted by Ice Pandora on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

    I used to make this when I was younger with
    Christmas cards c: Thanks for this DIY!
    That paper deer looks pretty awesome! Xx
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

      Oh fun! This would be great for cards.
  2. Posted by kelsey on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

    this looks really fab! love the deep frame. that's the only piece of this project (well and tape and cutting skills and paper) that i'm missing! ;)
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

      Thanks Kelsey! I love that deep frame too...I wish I would have picked up a few more the last time I was at Ikea.
  3. Posted by Debbie on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

    Cute! Geography and I don't mix but I would love to see some cute children's hand prints!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

      Ooh I LOVE that idea, Debbie! How cute. Or footprints!
  4. Posted by Taylor on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

    Such a cute and simple idea!
    • Posted by Aileen on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

      Thanks, Taylor!
  5. Posted by Amy B on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

    Super cute and easy! Love those type of projects!
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

      Thanks Amy! My favorite type of project, too ;)
  6. Posted by Daicia on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

    I love your website and I love your ideas! The frame with the washi-taped photos is brilliant. Do you ever have trouble with the washi tape unsticking itself from the wall? I can never get mine to stay long. Wondered if there is a trick.
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

      Hi Daicia! No trick (that I know of)...I just used blue tape beneath the photos to hold them to the wall. The washi tape is more decorative.
  7. Posted by Erika on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

    What a simple and fun idea! I have been trying to re-decorate my walls lately, so I think I will be adding this for sure! Thanks for the post.
    • Posted by Aileen on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

      Thanks, Erika! I’d love to see a photo of how yours turns out :)
  8. Posted by Lindsay on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

    I've done something similar but used a map of the state/area to make a silhouette of a symbol related to the state (i.e. an anchor for Rhode Island, a crab for Maryland, a kangaroo for Melbourne)
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, March 27th, 2014

      Ooh very cute! I love that idea!!