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Vintage Inspired Chalk Cloth Map

Last week, while perusing the interwebs, I came across {DIRTSA STUDIO} on Etsy and fell in love with all of the chalkboard maps they had available for purchase. I absolutely love the vintage old school vibe that these portray and I knew I could probably whip something similar up for a few pennies less than theirs are selling for. Not that they aren’t totally worth it! They are, but I’m a DIYer and it only made sense for me to try this one out on my own.

Vintage Inspired Chalk Cloth Map 1

So, I headed out to the craft store where I found chalk cloth and dowels for a steal with a 60% of coupon. Woot! I always love a good deal.

My supplies included chalk cloth, 2 wooden dowels, white acrylic paint, a paint brush, a pencil, a print out of MA, scissors, a craft knife, chalk, thumb tacks and baker’s twine. (Sorry. I totally forgot to take a supplies photo. Oops.)

I started out by cutting my chalk cloth down to 24″ wide X 18″ high and sawing the dowels (my hubby actually did this) down to 25″ each for a little over hang. Using a hot iron on the back of the fabric, I carefully smoothed out the wavy spots.

Vintage Inspired Chalk Cloth Map 2

Next, I printed out sections of the state of Massachusetts onto 4 pieces of paper. I went with MA because our son was born there and I thought that this project could end up hanging out in his room. Each piece was taped together in the appropriate place with the rest.

Then it was time for the tedious work of cutting everything out.

Vintage Inspired Chalk Cloth Map 3

After about an hour and a half, I was wishing that I had chosen a state with straight line borders vs. the crazy ocean eroded coast of The Bay State. But I kept on cutting, alternating between my scissors and craft knife. A few small islands may have been lost in the process, but hey, you win some, you lose some. Right?

Look at all of those nooks and crannies.

Vintage Inspired Chalk Cloth Map 4

After that, the entire state was traced onto the chalk cloth with a pencil. This process went much faster than the cutting.

Vintage Inspired Chalk Cloth Map 5

Using a fine tip paint brush, I outlined the image with white acrylic paint.

Vintage Inspired Chalk Cloth Map 6

Once it was all dry, it was time to attach the wooden dowels. Again, my hubby came to the rescue and pushed 3 thumb tacks through the chalk cloth and into the rods, after I centered them up.

Vintage Inspired Chalk Cloth Map 7

Finally, I tied some baker’s twine to each end of the top dowel, primed the chalk cloth, and my project was finito.

Vintage Inspired Chalk Cloth Map 8

Tada! Here it is hanging in our son’s room. Doesn’t it look cool?

Vintage Inspired Chalk Cloth Map 9

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