Wednesday, July 13, 2011

DIY Travel Pin Board

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:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

15 comments:

  1. Where did you purchase the framing?

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  2. Thank you for the fantastic inspiration! I really like the coloring of the map you've chose and your ingenious idea of attaching the map to the styrofoam board. I really like how elegant and proper your map looks. I'm definitely going to give this a try!

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  3. You're welcome! Send me an image when you're done :)

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  4. Did you just put pins where you all went? Or did you document it anywhere? Our children have been to a lot of cool places and I have been trying to figure out how to document who went where etc. in a creative way

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  5. The red pins are my travels alone (with my parents when I was a kid, etc), the yellow are my husband's, and the blue are the places we've both been, either together or separately. Hope that helps!

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  6. I agree..I've been wanting one of these maps and they are pretty pricey...where did you get the map at? Thanks!

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  7. The map is from National Geographic - only $12.95!
    http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/ngs/product/maps/wall-maps/world-maps/world-classic-pacific-centered-map-%28earth-toned%29

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  8. Just wondering if you could explain the framing. Not sure how to use the adhesive. Also, what size/kind of frame did you get? I ordered my maps and will be doing this project next week. Yours looked so great, I had to give it a try.

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  9. Figure out what size your frame is first. Then trim down your foam board so that it fits snugly into the frame. Based off of that, cut down the map and leave just enough of a border so that you can wrap it around the foam board. My measures 41" x 26 1/2" on the inside of the frame. Let me know how it goes!

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  10. love this project...did national geographic ship the map in a tube (rolled) or was it folded?

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  11. Thanks Lauren! They shipped it in a tube. You can also try to find them at your local book store or print shop.

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  12. thanks so much for the reply! i've been searching for the perfect map to do this project...but didn't want any folds/creases.

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  13. I'm doing this as a gift for my boyfriend he looooves maps

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  14. Great things you’ve always shared with us. Just keep writing this kind of posts.The time which was wasted in traveling for tuition now it can be used for studies.Thanks Travel Gifts

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