Those of you who know me personally know two things: 1) I love to make things, 2) I love to travel. We're almost two weeks away from our trip to Greece (immsofreakinexcited!), and so I'm starting to think about the incredible travels I've been on with my family, with my husband, with my friends, and with all of my loved ones. A few years ago I created a travel pin board as a birthday gift for my husband. We both love to travel - like if we had a never ending budget, we'd be high class gypsies - and so I created a board for us to pin and visually map our travels. Once we pinned everything, we were so amazed at how little of the world we've actually seen. So far anyway, but that's just another excuse to keep on exploring.
Our travel map: yellow is where my husband has been, red are my trips alone, and blue are our trips together.
Today I'm sharing how I created this really easy and awesome gift for the wanderlust in your life:
- I had to trim down this simple map from National Geographic to fit within the frame I had purchased for it. I just used an exacto knife and trimmed it down to 41" x 28," leaving an extra one-inch border all the way around so that I could wrap the excess map around the sides of the styrofoam board.
- I trimmed down a piece of 1/8" styrofoam board to fit the frame as well. I then used spray adhesive from Michaels (the 3M brand works pretty well) to attach the map to the board. An extra hand always helps here, so that one person is holding the map, and the other is carefully placing it onto the tacky board, making sure that there are no bubbles.
- Then I took the map backed with the styrofoam board and glued that, again with the spray adhesive, to the back of the frame so that I could easily attach it in place to hang.
- I purchased map pins to document our travels, and then started pinning. That's it!
Good luck and let me know if anyone actually makes it. We hung ours in the dining room so that we can plot our next trip over dinner. It's always a great conversation piece too.