You can cut the states out one of two ways. Google an image of your state, print it and then trace it onto the contact paper and cut. I personally just used my Cricut to cut the images and words, but if you don’t have a cutter you have do it that way. Peel the contact paper apart and apply it to the canvases. Be careful when applying the words to remember all of the little pieces.
Paint the canvas around the state and then just where the letters are on the canvas. Wait until they are dry and do a second coat. When the canvases are completely dry, peel the contact paper off.
Take your roll of red Washi tape and cut out a little heart to place over where you lived in the state. I just free hand cut the little heart.
I found the plate rack that I use for my canvases at a thrift store for $2. I bought it, sanded it down and gave it a fresh coat of black spray paint. Check your thrift stores for plate racks that can be refinished.