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How to Create a Wall Map Without Paying a Fortune

I wouldn’t classify myself as a crafty person. When I wanted to create a scrapbook of my Italian vacation, I made it online and had it printed versus the tradition way to scrapbook. The time, effort and detail that goes into crafts tend to be a bit overwhelming.

But when I was looking to get a wall map to track my travels, I noticed that framed maps tend to be terribly expensive. Like, $200 expensive. The typical size I came across was 36”x24”. I wanted something larger and didn’t want to pay even more. So I decided I was going to channel my inner craft lover and build my own wall map.

What do you need?

  • Cork board
  • Foam core boards
  • Spray adhesive
  • Duct tape
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Map (mine is 50”x32”)
  • Map pins

Step by step:

  1. Start with your foam core boards. These will support your cork and map. You need a back so you can hang the map and these boards are light enough, yet sturdy, to do the trick. Measure out the boards to be the size of your map and duct tape them together. Tape both sides so they don’t bend when you move them.
  2. Cork comes next. Measure the cork out to fit the size of the foam boards. I found that purchasing the roll of cork is less expensive than the squares. Keep in mind that the roll is thinner than the squares, so it’s a matter of personal preference. Duct tape your cork together.
  3. Marry the boards and the cork. That’s right! Use the spray adhesive to glue the two together. I rolled up the cork and lined up one edge then continue to spray and roll until I got to the second edge. This is a two person job. You can easily go crooked, and we did, so be prepared to pay close attention to what you’re doing. Place something heavy on the top of the cork while you let it set. I let mine sit with for a week before getting around to the next step.
  4. Marry the cork and the map. My map did not come laminated, so I went to Staples to get this done. Bring back the spray adhesive and glue the map to the cork. I used the same rolling method I did when doing this with the cork. I recommend two sets of hands for this, too. Again, place heavy items on top of the map and let it set.
  5. Get to pinning! This is the best part. I’m choosing just to mark where I’ve been. Some people use a different color pin and mark where they want to go. Figure out what you want this map to document and get to it!

This was a relatively simple process. I’m pleased that I took on the task of doing this myself. I spent under $80 on the map, materials and laminating the map. The time commitment to this is minimal. There is more waiting than there is working. So if you’re looking for a fun project to give you a beautiful wall piece? Try this one!

 

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