When it comes to pride, some natives take the love and devotion they have for their hometown to a whole other level. For example, folks from Texas absolutely LOVE Texas. They will shout it in your face how much they love Texas. I actually had a boyfriend who was from NY but had a tattoo on his bum that said, “Don’t mess with Texas.” Why? Because he thought it was funny. That’s how much people love Texas in general!
Anyway, back to what I was saying…oh yeah, hometown pride! Even though I don’t live in the most glorious, most fantastic, most beautiful state of New Jersey anymore, it will always be my home and my heart. My people are obscenely proud to be from New Jersey. We brag about it often and we will defend our home state till the end. I have a few t-shirts with NJ references on them and a necklace in the shape of NJ as well (don’t judge me). And now I found a new way to express hometown pride, but this time, I decided to show my new home of Georgia some love.
This is what you’ll need:
- 12x12” cork squares
- X-Acto knife
- Cutting board or mat
- Push pins/thumbtacks
- Thin black Sharpie
- Paint, stickers, beads or buttons (optional)
Get on your computer and Google your home state. Under images, you’ll want to find an outline or template of your state. Print out the state template and make sure it’s a decent size. The bigger the better and easier it will be to cut. Cut out the shape of the state.
Flip the cut out state upside down and trace it on the BACK SIDE of the cork board. Cut out the state from the cork board using the X-Acto knife. Be sure to use a decent amount of pressure when cutting and don’t forget to put down your cutting mat as well.
Once you cut out your state from the cork board (the side that had the marker on it, should be the back side), you can decorate it as you want! Paint it, add scrap book stickers to it and the push pins, put a heart over your hometown or leave it plain! It will look super cute and special no matter what you do.
Make multiples and hang them all over your house. Let everyone know how proud you are to call that special state your home.
xo – Your very own Jersey Girl turned Southern Belle, Laura
P.S. Did I mention that I <3 New Jersey?!