Anniversary Gift DIY

I love giving thoughtful gifts to my husband for our anniversary, but often times I have a hard time coming up with something that isn’t too cheesy. At my sister’s house the other day, I stumbled upon this frame she had made for her husband. Perfect! She said she saw a similar idea on Pinterest and decided to make it herself. I’m going to give you step-by-step instructions of how to do it yourself.

Because of copyright laws, I couldn’t make it a printable for you {darn huh?!} BUT it is super easy and can be done in a word processing program…NO PHOTOSHOP NEEDED!

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  • Step 1: Go to the New York Public Library Digital Galleryย and in the “Search” bar on the right side of the screen type in what map you would like. I did a United States Map but you could search for an individual state, world map, or a different country.
  • Step 2: Scroll through the pages of search results and select a map to your liking.
  • Step 3: Right click on the image and save it to your computer.
  • Step 4: Open up your word processing program (I am using Microsoft Word). Insert a photo by picking the selected map you saved to your computer.

  • Step 5: Once you have your map, you’ll want to resize it to the size you want. I chose to do mine as a 5×7 photo.
  • Step 6: {Optional!} I chose to crop the border on my image. You can do this in the photo formatting options. Just make sure your picture is selected and then look for the ‘crop’ option in your tools bar.
  • Step 7: Insert word art. You can choose what you write, what color you want the font, and anything else. I just played with mine until I liked the font and thought it looked readable. I also adjusted mine to have the words a little lower on the map because I knew my hearts would be in the center and above.
  • Step 8: Once you have it the way you like it, print. Cut it to fit the frame.
  • Step 9: Grab a red sharpie and draw in small hearts in the places you’ve lived. {You could also do this as a long distance relationship OR places you’ve traveled.)
  • Step 10: Put it in a frame and wrap it up to give to your honey!

Such an easy and thoughtful idea that is sure to make your spouse smile. Like I said before it could be great for long distance relationships, places you’ve traveled together, or an anniversary! The options are endless.

DIY Anniversary Gift

About the Author: Erika

I married the love of my life and enjoy being with him and our son. We love to try new things - traveling, food, games, and everything in between.

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26 Responses to Anniversary Gift DIY

  1. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! You are a lifesaver. This is our 2nd Christmas exchanging “gifts from the heart” within the immediate family (aka–homemade gift that’s special to the recipient but also very budget friendly). This year I drew my husband’s name. UGH! was my first reaction. I couldn’t think of anything really special that I could make. I was down to telling him I’d do his household chores for the next month as my gift. Then just this morning I came across this via a post by Dating Divas listing last minute hubby gift ideas. Whoo hoo! He’s getting this AND a coupon booklet. The coupon booklet is MUCH nicer than me just telling him I’ll do his chores. Plus, I can add other things too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Can you be more specific on what map you used in these pictures? I typed in United States Map and I am getting a lot of maps that are labeled. My husband is in the military and this would be so fun to add to the scrapbook I am making of his time in the military ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. So cute! My hubs is in the military and I want to send this to him for our anniversary.

    I’d love to not have the state names and roads like yours in the final one but I’m having trouble finding that!

  4. So cute! I think I’m going to make this as a wedding gift for my Air Force fiance. ๐Ÿ™‚ What type of paper did you use? I really like the brown more than just plain white printer paper. Thanks!

  5. Love this idea! 15 yr anniversary this week and want to give him 15 little gifts/cards/notes. I had a challenge using your link – too many items and no world maps i could use – but google images worked well and was quick to search for unlabeled maps. thanks!