Maria Provenzano is getting inspired by maps for this creative DIY.


  • Picture frames and/or coffee mug
  • Paint pens
  • Tape
  • State stencil
  • Pictures
  • Rubbing alcohol (for if you make a mistake)


1. Google a photo of the states you’d like to use

2. Print them out & cut them out

3. For the mug –Wipe the entire mug down with alcohol & allow to dry before writing.

4. Once dry, tape the state to the mug & trace with paint pen

5. On the other mug trace the other state

6. Add the dotted lines to mug that connects the city, & add hearts around the city you & your sibling live in

7. Bake the mug at 250 degrees for 30 minutes or so, & then allow to cool.

8. For the frame -get the stencil of the state you’d like

9. Just hold it against the frame & trace with you paint pen. Choose another corner for the other state & trace that one. Add your dotted line & hearts, then finally put in your sibling picture

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