Kelsie of Cut, Craft, Create recently shared this photo map DIY on her blog and we can’t get enough of it!

We adore any projects that combine the love of traveling and photo prints (example A & B) and this DIY is right up our alley. For their first “paper” year anniversary gift, Kelsie personalized this map for her husband by including photos of them cut out into shapes of the states that they’ve visited together. Adorable, much?! It’s an easy DIY that’s so sweet it’ll make your teeth hurt. Follow along below to find out what Kelsie used in her DIY and how you can make your very own.


  • (PostalPix) Photo Prints (various sizes)
  • Foam Board (the size of your entire map)
  • Short Ball Map Pins
  • Tracing Paper
  • Adhesive


  • Find a map you’d like to use; just make sure it’s got enough space. Kelsie purchased hers at Staples.
  • Attach the map to the foam board. This gives the map cushion to put push pins into.
  • Get your photos ready! You can fill up with all 50 states (if you’re using a map of the USA) or just use a few photos to still have the map stand out.
  • Use tracing paper to trace the shape of the states and use this to guide where you to cut on your photos.
  • Larger states will require a larger photo like 5×7, 8×8, or 8×10 if your map is big enough.
  • Cut out your photos in the shape of maps!
  • Using a strong adhesive (or hot glue gun) add to big globs to the back of the photo and adhere the plastic tops of the pins into the glue.
  • Carefully pin your state-shaped photos into the map.

Love this creative and personalized map, Kelsie! Don’t have too many photos taken in different states or countries? We think it’s time for a new adventure! Be sure to check out Kelsie’s blog by heading over to Cut, Craft, Create.