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Search for Arkansas state outline on your favorite search engine to find a bunch of options for state cutouts you can trace for different projects.
For the smaller shape I used a cutout from Free Stencil Gallery; the larger one came from eConsultant.com. Alternatively you can freehand draw the state, or for smaller cutouts use a state-shaped cookie cutter.
Take an old Arkansas map and, using a small printout of the state, cut out the part of the state where you live. Optional: place your hometown in the shape where it is actually located.
Cut out a piece of cardboard in the same shape. Glue them together (Mod Podge is the best for this, because you can glue the pieces together then glue over the top of the map to make it more durable). Once dry, use hot glue to attach a magnet to the back.
Get a canvas board in whatever size you like (mine is 8×10) and a larger printout of the shape of the state.
I used a paint pen to draw around the outside of the outline, but you could use red paint as well.
Once dry, write the word “home” or another word of your choice inside the state outline. You could also draw a heart where you live or write in the names of meaningful towns.
Using your smaller state cutout or cookie cutter, cut the state shape out of craft foam. I glued a plastic lid to the back of my stamp to make it easier to hold.
Cover the back side of the state (so that it will be facing correctly when you stamp it) with red paint or ink and stamp onto a notecard. Repeat as many times as you like for custom stationery that shows everyone where it is from.
Using a larger cutout and a large square of cork (mine was 12 inches square to start), cut out the state shape.
You can use this as a corkboard mounted on the wall, or use it to protect your table from hot dishes. Note: the cork I used is not as thick as a standard thumbtack, so you might want to find some shorter tacks or mount the board to another cork board or a canvas to offer extra protection to your walls.
Cut small state shapes out of red felt (I used both standard felt and glittery felt, which is a little less practical but still a lot of fun). Cut white felt into 4 by 4 inch squares. Glue the state cutout to the felt. You should be able to get at least four coasters out of each piece of white felt.
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