DIY Travel Map

In an effort to combine our love of maps and traveling, we created this travel pin map to display our individual adventures, explorations together as a couple, and places we have lived.  We are looking forward to placing some new pins in our map in the upcoming months!


cork board (here)
utility knife
straight edge
3/16 thick wood
large map (here)
tacky glue
spray glue adhesive
command picture hanging strips
pins or tacks (here)


Step 1:  Using a utility knife, cut your cork-board to the exact size of your map.  Our sheet of cork-board (bought here) was 4 feet long by 2 feet wide whereas our map was exactly 3 feet long by 2 feet wide.  To add stability and transportability to our map, we had Home Depot cut a 3/16 temp hardboard handypanel (wood panel) to the size of our map, which we used as our straight edge to cut the cork-board to map size.  After cutting the cork-board, we placed heavy items on all four corners and the middle to help the cork-board lie flat overnight.

Step 2:  Apply tacky glue to the backside of the wood panel (rough side) and carefully align the cork-board on top.  Roll out any bubbles with a rolling-pin and allow to dry overnight.

Step 3:  Spray the cork-board with spray glue adhesive, let sit 10-20 seconds until tacky, and carefully adhere the map remembering to roll out any bubbles or bumps.  On the back of the wood panel (smooth side) attach Command Picture Hangers in all corners and middle, follow directions on Command packaging.  Hang map on wall.   We used nine Command Medium Picture Hangers for extra support and hung our map above our computer in the office/second bedroom.

Step 4:  Pin all your amazing adventures!  We chose to use four different colors of 1/8 inch map tacks (from here): green for my personal travels, blue for Justin’s individual travels, orange for adventures we have experienced together, and yellow for places we have lived.  We didn’t pin every specific trip, for example Italy got one pin even though we visited Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence, Sienna, and Rome.  We are excited to keep traveling to all ends of the world.


10 thoughts on “DIY Travel Map

  1. I love this! Where did you get your map from? I’ve been searching online and can’t find one that I like as much as this.


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    • It did lay completely flat but not without some serious elbow grease with that rolling pin! Start in the middle of the cork board and work your way out slowly. Sorry that isn’t more helpful! 😦


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