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Track your travels with this DIY travel map! A few easy tricks make this map extra special and easy to create.

DIY travel map

Here’s one for anyone with wanderlust!

When we were dating, Ryan and I would celebrate each other’s Valentine’s Day every year instead of buying anything. Someone here made this for me on Valentine’s Day, and I nearly died!

It was a travel map with an exact point for each city we traveled to together. Very incredibly special.

Travel has meaning for many of us, and I wanted to create a DIY version of a travel map that anyone can easily make! It is a special way to keep the memory of the trips you have taken.

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Supplies you’ll need

Map of your choice. We used a Map of the United Statesbut if you’re traveling around the world, you can definitely use a world map. You can even create a favorite state or city!

Cork Board. these Cork sheets It would work well, or framed Cork bulletin board That would give it a bit more of a solid feel.

Spray glue. I like to tape the map to the cork board to make sure the map doesn’t move. Spray glue It’s a great way to do this.

Pins. There are so many pin options you can try! I love the Straight pinsYou might also use them in a sewing project, because they have colorful pin heads. here A shorter option with lots of color options. Or good old fashioned push pin It will do the trick!

Spray paint in different colors. This is optional, especially if you have colored straight pins. I only had two colors so I painted some gold.

How to make a travel map with a hand pin

  1. Cut your cork to the size of your map.
  2. In a well-ventilated area, apply a thin layer of spray glue to the back of the map.
  3. Carefully place the map sticky side down on the cork board. Smooth the map paper onto the cork so that there are no bubbles under the surface.
  4. Stick a bunch of pins into a piece of cork and spray paint. We chose three colors: white for places Ryan has been, yellow for places we’ve been, and gold for places we’ve been together. If you have multi-colored pins, you can skip this step.
DIY travel map
DIY travel map

Add pins to your travel map

Once the pins and map are dry, you can start adding pins to the map!

I find it helpful to review your memory in chronological order to try to put your pins in all the right places!

Once you keep track of the current day, it becomes easier to put a pin whenever you travel to a new place.

We had some pretty intense touring schedules when we were working on the road, so it took us some time to figure that out. But we got it in the end!

I think we plan to hang ours on the bedroom wall for travel inspiration. I only have 4 states left to see all 50! xoxo

DIY travel map
DIY where you map

Material

  • a map

  • Cork board

  • Spray glue

  • Compression pins

directions

  1. Cut your cork to the size of your map.
  2. In a well-ventilated area, apply a thin layer of spray glue to the back of the map.
  3. Carefully place the map sticky side down on the cork board. Smooth the map paper onto the cork so that there are no bubbles under the surface.
  4. Stick a bunch of pins into a piece of cork and spray paint. We chose three colors: white for places Ryan has been, yellow for places we’ve been, and gold for places we’ve been together. If you have multi-colored pins, you can skip this step.

Notes

Once the pins and map are dry, you can start adding pins to the map!

I find it helpful to review your memory in chronological order to try to put your pins in all the right places!

Once you keep track of the current day, it becomes easier to put a pin whenever you travel to a new place.

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