Project 8/52: World Map Cork Board

By |March 21st, 2013|13 in 13, 52 Projects, crafts, decorating, DIY, VIP|

I  love the idea of tracking travels with a world map and pins. It’s fun to visualize where you have been, and dream up future adventures abroad. When I looked around to buy  a corkboard map, I couldn’t find anything I liked. Most of the ones on the market fell into one of two categories- too expensive or too formal. I wasn’t ready to invest hundreds of dollars and although traditional maps are gorgeous, they don’t go with the modern decor of our loft. So I decided to try and create my own. Sometimes if you want something done right, you just gotta do it yourself!

DIY pin map supplies


After much searching, I found a black and silver map that matched the  modern aesthetic I was aiming for. Then I picked up an inexpensive frame and some cork board to put behind the map. The first time I attempted to put it all together I used Modge Podge to stick the map and cork together. Huge mistake! The map is super thin and the liquid made it crinkle up. DIY fail.  Thankfully the map wasn’t expensive, so I ordered up a new one and tried again. This time with the help of a good old stapler I succesfully secured the map to the cork board and put it in the frame.

cork board map DIY

Then we pinned away. We decided to map the places only one of us has been (white for me, blue for him) and where we have both been or been together (red).

pin world map

world map-5

world corkboard DIY

I’m looking forward to adding to the map and to the adventures associated with doing so!

love and candy,