DIY Map Bulletin Board

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Since I just returned home from spending the semester studying abroad, I’ve collected a mass of things I picked up and held onto along the way. And because I’m such a map person, I brought a good handful of maps home with me from different cities in Europe and I wanted to do something with them.. This DIY will show you how to turn your maps into a bulletin board, like I did. Not only is this project easy,  but you only need a few things to put it all together.

MATERIALS

  • Any map or maps
  • Cork board (s)
  • Modge podge
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors & tape

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STEP ONE

I picked up two cork boards because I brought back a couple maps, so I chose my two favorite maps and started by tracing the cork board on the back of the map. You can use anything really to trace it out, just so long as you can see the outline afterwards. I happened to use a pretty much dried out marker because it was near by.

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STEP TWO

Now you cut out the piece of the map using the outline you made as a guide. I say as a guide because you don’t want to cut right along the outline, instead cut about 1-2 inches outside the outline. This way you will have excess to fold over the edge at the end. And, because you don’t have to worry about making the cut perfect it’s a quick and easy step.

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STEP THREE

Put your cut map to the side and  take your paint brush and use that to apply a layer of modge podge to the cork board. You don’t need to put that much on, just one layer will do. By the way, you can get modge podge from the local craft store and the ‘matte’ kind will work just fine. It works as both a glue and a sealer so it comes in handy for a lot of other DIYs.

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STEP FOUR

Center the map on the board centering and place it however you like. Once you press is down onto the board try to smooth out the map as much as possible, that way there aren’t any big creases. Depending on the map, you might not be able to get it perfectly smooth. You’ll see in my pictures the second map didn’t cooperate as well as the first one did.

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STEP FIVE

Now that the map has been placed down onto the board, apply another layer of modge podge over it. Don’t worry that the modge podge doesn’t go on clear, it will dry clear. This layer will seal it and ensure that map isn’t going anywhere.

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STEP SIX

After completion, give it overnight to dry and it should be all set! Fold over the excess paper and tape it to the back. I kind of folded it present style to get the corners to look nice. And, if you want, you could modge podge it but, I got lazy and the tape works just as well since it’s the back and no one will see it.

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And that’s it. It’s really pretty easy. I decided to decorate my boards with all my tickets from my travels so it serves a great reminder of all the things I did abroad and the memories I made. And, they are perfect to hang up in my room at school. There are a lot of things you can do with maps and this isn’t actually my first map related DIY, I have also done map letters and if you’re interested you can check out that post by clicking here.

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Cheers.

~meesh

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Meesh
About ‘Me’esh My college friends started calling me meesh in the middle of our sophomore year and since then it’s just kind of stuck. But, I am more formally known as Michelle. And, sadly I’m no longer a sophomore in college but now a senior with only one year left to go until I have to take on life in the real world. I’m also experiencing a bit of a reverse culture shock as I just got back from a semester abroad in England. Having not heard a British accent for some time now is throwing me for a loop…but because I just got back I’ve got lots stories to tell and advice to give. Plus, I get to go DIY crazy with all the knick knacks I brought back too. The best way I can think of to describe my blogging style is ‘anything and everything.’ One minute I’ll be posting about a DIY project, the next I’ll be ranting about the horrible service I received at a restaurant, then sharing beauty/style tips and tricks, heck, maybe I’ll even give some advice on life too. For now I’ll be focusing mostly on travel and DIY. Feel free to check my personal blog Just Meesh (justmeeshblog.wordpress.com), there you can find posst about all the places I visited while abroad and some other stuff too! Cheers.