Hey, everyone! Summertime means crafting time! I’m here today with a super cute and easy DIY. I know many of you have just graduated or are moving out of the dorms; either way, you guys are MOVING all over the place! What better to decorate your new space with than a cute homage to your roots?!

This wooden New York is actually a cutting board that I purchased off of Amazon (I know, right??). I originally got the idea for this DIY from this pin on Pinterest, but I bought my home state instead of a pineapple because that resonates more with me.

And yes, I know Long Island is completely missing from this board, but Long Islanders, don’t fret! Long Island is sold entirely separately, so you guys get your own board, pretty cool actually.

For this DIY, you’ll need:

-Cutting board of your state of choice

-Acrylic paints in the color(s) of your choice

-Painter’s tape

-A ruler

-A pencil

-Paintbrushes

-Something to hang your state on (a hook, a nail, etc)

STEP 1: Figure out your pattern

For this DIY, I decided I wanted to paint my New York patchwork quilt style. In pencil, I drew small squares across the entirety of the board.

STEP 2: Paint your pattern.

Once I finished penciling all the squares, I filled them in with paint! I used painter’s tape to make it easier to stay within the lines of each square. Be sure to let the paint dry in each section before peeling off the tape.

STEP 3: Display.

Once the paint is dry, you’re ready to display your new piece! Hang it wherever you like and it’s sure to strike up a conversation! The board has a hole already drilled into it for your hanging convenience.

This DIY was super fun and simple! It turned out so cute. This is also a great gift idea- especially for those hard-to-shop-for folks! I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, and if you decide to make one, I’d love to hear about it below in the comments!