DIY Embroidered Wall Decor: Kojo Designs

Hello Little Miss Momma friends! I am Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns, and I’m thrilled to be here today.

You and I already have a lot in common- you’re here, so you love Ashley. Coincidentally, I love Ashley and her blog (don’t you just want to be her BFF and come to her awesome dinner parties?). You and I, we should be friends!

And to start off our friendship right, I’m here to share a little home decor tutorial with you. This embroidered HomeSweetHome wall art is a great way to highlight the places that are special to you!

It’s simple, fun, and easily personalized, makes a great House Warming gift (or Christmas present). Even better, it matches pretty much any decor style. And it’s perfect for the geography buffs (or frequent movers) on your list.

Ready to make one? You’ll need:
-a frame with several openings (the number of openings should match your number of locations)
-cardstock (I used Crane’s lettra cotton paper)
-embroidery thread (match the recipients existing decor if you want)
-tapestry needle
-small felt hearts

Using the size of your openings as your guide (mine were each 6″x6″), print outlines of your states, provinces, or countries (I used the font ‘dingmaps‘).

With a needle, poke holes along the outline.

Using a tapestry needle (they have large ‘eyes’), “embroider” through your already-poked holes. It was easiest for me to go around the perimeter twice (the first time, I covered every other space and then filled in the gaps on the second round).

Finish embroidering all of your places. Mark the specific cities or towns with little felt hearts.

Place each embroidered place in a frame opening and you’re finished! This little gem is equally at home sitting on a shelf (or mantle!), hanging on a wall, sitting on a chair or wrapped up to give as a gift!

Thanks for having us over today, Ashley!

And Little Miss Momma friends, come on by and say hi at kojodesigns anytime (a few recommendations of where to start your visit? Our Anthropologie Inspired Grove necklace [or vintage lace anthro knock-off bracelet], Piper Jane’s vintage glam nursery reveal, or our latest baby shower- Elephants on Parade)!

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Isn’t Kirsten the coolest!
Kojo Designs is one of my favorite craft blogs. Check out all their amazing tutorials here and super fun parties here.
This party might be my favorite. And Piper’s nursery makes me ache for a baby girl.

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Comments

  1. Super cute! I’m going to make one asap.

  2. What a great idea! I can’t believe how simple and easy this is.
    You guys are making it too easy to do a “homemade” Christmas!!
    Loves all around!!!

  3. That is such a great idea. I have a bridal shower in a couple of weeks and think that is perfect for her gift!

  4. What a sweet idea, I love it! Going to check out Kojo designs!

  5. oh my goodness! i checked out her site and she has the cutest tutorials! …and i totally feel you about wanting a baby girl after checking them out! for now i will have to figure out ways to work these projects into my 1-yr-old son’s room! 🙂
    you ladies are so creative!

  6. I love this!!! I can’t wait to make my mom one for Christmas! Perfect for the 4 states we’ve lived in.

  7. Oh, I love this idea and it would certainly make s great gift for my family members. I’m so excited to try it 🙂

  8. I LOVE this! Just pinned it on Pinterest for all to see 🙂

  9. I ♥ this!! Do you know where we can buy the cotton paper you mentioned?? Thanks!

  10. beautiful!

    Alisa I saw cotton paper at Michaels just the other day.

  11. Such a unique idea and a great gift! It’s so awesome to be able to give someone a gift that you KNOW they don’t already have – and that they’ll love :).

  12. How lucky to have such a crafty BFF! Thanks for starting the introductions!

  13. what a seriously cute idea! i love this. we’ve moved a few times and i think this is a great way to hi light the places you’ve been or where you’re from.

  14. K, these are adorable and so simple! I love it.

  15. Love it. I’m definitely going to have to make one.

  16. I have never thought to do anything like that. But I love it! Need to get on it

  17. perfect. especially for those of us who have ping ponged across the country. i smell a great christmas gift!

  18. Laura Mason says:

    I LOVE this craft! I have been wanting to do something like this so bad, and I love this idea a lot, so easy! I ESP love her example because she had Idaho on it and even had the heart right where I would put it, over Coeur d’Alene! I wonder if we lived there at the same time, that is where my husband and I grew up! I would then have San Diego, Twentynine Palms, and now Bakersfield Ca, so it would be funny to have three Calis in my but the heart would move haha (I dont know if I would want to put a heart over Bakersfield though haha)

  19. I feel like I should comment, being the recipient of this awesome present from Kojo (they’re my sister-in-laws. Lucky, lucky, me!!) It was SUCH a fun present to get. Being married for just under 3 years and living in 3 of the 4 places together, it’s such a fun present to display all the places and people from those places who mean everything to us:) Thanks Kojo, and thanks Ashley (I love your blog too, and have loved reading about your love story!).

  20. I love this and I am planning to make one for my sister for Christmas! Can you tell me where you found the frame that you used? I have been hunting everywhere for one like it and I am stumped.

  21. How do you get the dingmaps font to just make an outline? When I try to use it the whole state is colored in.

    Thanks!

  22. This is such an adorable idea. I found you through Pinterest, but you now have a new follower 🙂

    Great blog!

    http://oliveobserver.blogspot.com/2011/12/fivethingsfriday-newspaper.html

  23. When I use the font the whole state is filled in; how did you make just an outline with the font?

    • I am making this right now for my cousin. So cute! As for the DingMap states being filled in, I ran into this same thing. I just printed out states I needed in the sizes that best fit my 4 X 6 openings. Then I cut out the” filled in” states and traced around them on to the card stock with a pencil. (I put a little loop of tap on the back of the state while I was tracing to keep it in place). It seems like a pain but was pretty quick and easy. Hope that helps anyone looking.

  24. Amazing and super cute idea–wow!
    Definitely going to be doing this; My fiance and I were born in different states and met in Pennsylvania, so it makes for a need-to-be project! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  28. Where do you get the frame?

  29. Super cute! I’m going to make one asap.

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