Heart Map Gift: Engagement Gift

March 14, 2013 by Jenny Melrose

I have a fabulous tutorial that is sure to hit the heart strings of whomever you create this gorgeous Heart Map Gift for.  I believe that a handmade gift is always so much better than a store bought gift and the success of my Bridal Shower Candle Poem Basket is definitely proof of that.  This is a perfect wedding or engagement gift that the couple will treasure for years to come.

Heart Map Engagement Gift

Heart Map Engagement Gift

There are very few supplies for this project.  They are: natural scrapbook paper for maps, heart stencil (self made), white scrapbook paper, glue stick, scrapbook string of adhesive pearls and an 8 x 10 picture frame.  You’ll need to start out by finding maps of the towns that the couple are both from.  I simply googled the couple’s hometowns and found suitable maps.  Before printing on the natural paper that I chose for this project, I printed out a copy to make sure that the colors would work on regular paper.  I hand drew a heart on this print out to use as a stencil.

Heart Map Engagement  Gift Outline

I printed the maps of the hometowns on natural scrapbook paper and used my stencil to cut out halves of a heart from each map.  The stencil worked perfectly because I just needed to piece the heart together like a puzzle.

Heart Map Engagement Gift Map Pieces

I pasted the pieces of the heart onto white card stock and left enough room between the heart halves for the string of pearls on an adhesive strip.

Heart Map Engagement Gift Pieces Together

The final step was to add the names of the couple under their hometowns.

Heart Map Engagement Gift with Names

The couple text me the next day to personally thank me for their gift, which to me meant success.


  • Camila

    I totally agree with you, since I was a little girl I like to make my gifts, sometimes time becomes an issue but I really think that things made by our own hands have more value!!!. Loved this!!!

    • Jenny Melrose

      Thanks so much Camila. It was so much fun to see it come together.

  • Erica @ Spoonful of Imagination

    I love this!! What a special gift!! Thank you so much for approving my button. Please send me yours with “spoonfulswap” as the code to get the Tablespoon option free, if you would like to be on my sidebar as well! I’m sorry I don’t leave more comments…but you are doing so great! Love all your posts!

  • Leisa

    That is such a great idea! I think I may steal it to give my husband for our upcoming anniversary 🙂 Thank you!

  • Donna

    Great gift idea! The map looked so perfect that I thought you had found a map! Love it.

  • Kelly @ View Along the Way

    What a sweet gift idea! thanks so much for linking this up to Monday Funday!

  • Crystelle Boutique

    Wow! i saw your heart map at two different parties and had to come check it out! What a fabulous idea….
    I am in love…. 🙂

    hugs x

    • Jenny Melrose

      Thanks so much Crystelle. You are too sweet!

  • Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

    Jenny, This would be perfect to link up at my party going on now over at http://www.memoriesbythemile.com/
    I LOVE Maps. Hope to see you there.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  • Emily

    super cute idea! I love all the great map art ideas… adorable to give as an engagement gift! I host a Tuesday link party that I would love for you to join! http://www.nap-timecreations.com

  • Donna Wilkes

    A gift that will never be thrown or given away. Great idea.

  • Randi - Dukes and Duchesses

    What a thoughtful, personal gift that they’ll treasure!

  • Maria

    What a cute idea for a thoughtful, personalized gift! So sweet!

  • Kim

    Love this idea! I think am going to make one for my husband for Valentine’s Day. We met in Yosemite and it is a very special place for us, so I think I will tweak the idea a bit and just make a heart from a Yosemite map 🙂 thanks for the awesome inspiration!

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