United Colors of Love World Map

Raise your hand if you figured out which craft audition was mine earlier this week!!!

If you guessed United Colors of Love…..you were right!
And guess what?  It came in first place, which means I am now a contestant on So You Think You’re Crafty.   A lot of people thought I was some of the other projects, including the embroidery hoops and embroidered dress, which were fantastic!

This world map is going in the kids’ new playroom (which will hopefully be finished in a few months).  It took me about 2-3 days of working at night to complete the artwork.

I already had everything on hand, so it cost me nothing.
Mod Podge, paintbrush, tissue paper, cardstock, and heart cutter.
Oh, and a large canvas, of course.

Using the heart puncher, I cut out hundreds and hundreds of hearts in various sizes and colors.

I covered the canvas in torn up cream colored tissue paper and glued on with Mod Podge.

Then, I slowly but surely covered the entire canvas with all of the little hearts to form the shape of the continents.

I watched a lot of trashy tv during this process.

I also created 3D hearts to represent where I currently live in Pennsylvania and where I was born in Australia.
Look at all of those bright hearts!

I had so much fun with this project and I am already thinking of what I will do for Week 1 of the competition.  
Topic is Paint.  So open ended!

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Hayley Crouse is a wife, mother and multifaceted designer. Her love of sewing, crafting, cooking and interior design infuses her daily life and naturally spills over into her online presence. She pushes the envelope of her creativity and hopes that others will be inspired to do the same. She currently authors the Welcome to the Mouse House Blog, is the pattern designer behind Mouse House Creations and is a collaborative designer with Willow & Co. Patterns.
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34 Responses to United Colors of Love World Map

  1. Jen@thecraftingfiend May 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    I LOOOOOVE this project!!! Now I want to buy a heart punch…

  2. Anonymous May 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    how did you get the outline right?

    • Welcome to the Mouse House May 24, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

      I googled a world map and kept it up on my computer screen to look at while I glued and kind of just hoped for the best, lol!

  3. Happier Than A Bird Quilts May 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    This is genius!!!! I thought it was paint when I looked at it first. I want a heart punch too! Just love the whole thing so very much!

  4. Mae May 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    So cool. I like the concept of geography as art, it creates a much more FUN portrayal of learning. Congrats on landing in first& becoming a contestant!


  5. Randi@SowderingAbout May 24, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    This was my favorite project submitted! Well aside from my own!

    Congrats on getting top spot! I look forward to following along and seeing who ends up winning!!!

  6. Trudy May 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    I felt so bad voting first for this project since I “just knew” the embroidery hoops were yours. Thanks for relieving my guilt and congratulations!

  7. Jessica Anderson May 24, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    Just came by to check out my competition. Yours was my favorite… besides my own embroidery hoops of course. 😉 I really LOVE this! Congratulations!

  8. Janiene Bishop May 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    If I was not also competing I would have voted for yours as 1st! This is a beautiful piece!! Great job.
    Blessings, Janiene
    A Bunch of Bishops

  9. Jelli B. May 25, 2013 at 1:48 am #

    How fun and cheerful! This must’ve taken a lot of time to put together but looks incredible.

  10. Jess @ Spool and Spoon May 25, 2013 at 2:22 am #

    Congratulations and good luck this season! Your project was my favorite for sure 🙂 SYTYC is so much fun — enjoy it!

    And I live in PA, too!! 🙂

  11. Sidu May 26, 2013 at 9:19 am #

    This is such an amazing piece. i am planning to use it in my baby’s nursery but with stars instead of hearts ;> i was just wondering how did you stick the hearts ? and did you use anything to seal the hearts so they wouldnt fall off ??

    • Welcome to the Mouse House May 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

      Thank you! Stars would be super cool!

      I used LOTS and LOTS of Mod Podge 😉 Glue them down with the mod podge and then use a ton of it over top to seal it! I would love to see pics if you ever do it!

    • Sidu May 31, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

      OMG i started this project and i must say i m totally humbled by you. it is taking me ages to get all those stars on there… any tips or tricks… HELPPPPPPP !!!

    • Welcome to the Mouse House June 1, 2013 at 1:22 am #

      Oh man, are you having any luck? It is definitely time consuming, but I spread it over over a couple of nights and watched some trashy tv during the process. I really can’t wait to see photos when it is done!

  12. Anonymous July 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    Where did you find the multi size heart punch?

  13. Ana Zahler July 23, 2013 at 4:33 am #

    A lovable world!

  14. Sarah July 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm #

    Oh my god brilliant beautiful amaaaazing! I love you for this <3 must do it one day

  15. Emily Hunter October 14, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    Wow this is an incredible idea! I’ve seen lots of map art pieces going around lately, but this takes the biscuit. My brother has a wall sticker of a typographic map in his office, it took a little patience to apply but was well worth it in the end, one of the quote Wall stickers from here I believe! Might have to try and make something similar for my office now.

  16. Kelli Katke February 2, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    I was wondering if you think the hearts would stick on the canvas as well without the tissue paper on it?????? We are taking your idea and turning it into an all school project. But we were thinking about just doing it on the white canvas.

    Thank you for your advice

    • Hayley February 6, 2015 at 11:28 am #

      I would think they would work! Just use lots of glue and you should be good!


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