How To Make A DIY Pin Map For Your Travels
The other day I saw some beautiful maps at a home goods store, and I immediately put them in my cart. The wall decor was a map of the world split evenly into six canvases. I had been looking for a map to hang above my bed and use to mark all the places I had been, so the one I found was perfect and looked like it would do the trick.
After further inspection, I realized that the canvases were almost US$200! Um, nope. Not going to happen! But after a bit of brainstorming, I figured I could recreate my own version for much cheaper! The rest of this piece, I’ll be showing you how and what I did to make my finished masterpiece, including all the insider tips and tricks along the way!
Order some supplies
For this project, get yourself some pre-cut cork, foam board, spray adhesive, all-purpose glue, brushes, picture hangers, nails, tape, and a level or tape measure for marking your walls. Also, a map! I got mine at Barnes and Noble a few years ago.
I bought foam board from the hardware store for about a dollar, but I would recommend getting some precut foam. Foam is tricky to cut and it sheds all over. I ended up wrapping the edges of my foam with duct tape, so try to find pre-cut tiles to save you the headache. Buy the same size as your cork board and you can breeze right through.
Measure your map
Measure your map and mark where you will need to cut it apart. Double check to make sure the cork will fit. If your map is bigger than your cork board, you will have to trim it to size. Sometimes that means cutting off Antartica and Svalbard.
Get the glue
Glue the cork to the foam boards. I used regular Elmer’s glue for this. Spread the glue using some brushes. Make sure the glue is thick, as the cork will soak up a lot of it. After the glue has dried, use spray adhesive to attach your map to the cork. I used an old credit card to smooth down the edges and get rid of any air bubbles. Make sure to cover your kitchen table well, or you will have some sticky dinners ahead of you.
Press the boards together by piling a bunch of books on top of them. Harry Potter books and Engineering textbooks from college work well.
Hang in there
After the pieces are glued, attach the picture hangers. Notice the cork/foam combo is too thin for the hangers when they poke holes in Micronesia. Google for other solutions while tears well in your eyes.
Work through the mistakes
Add Sintra board to the mix! Sintra board is a plastic and foam material that is very sturdy yet very light. You can order in on Amazon or pick it up at a hardware store.
Rip out the hangers from the foam and glue the Sintra board down using spray adhesive. Pile books on your boards and wait a few days for the glue to dry.
Add the finishing touches
While you wait for your boards to dry, order some more supplies! These pins work well for this project. Add your picture hangers and you’re good to go! If you cut your map a little crookedly, you can also cover the edges with a neutral colored masking tape for a more uniform look.
Admire your hard work!
Hang up your art and put your pins in!
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below or share your own pin maps with me on Instagram @emalicethomas.