DIY Pinboard Travel Map Part 2

By | June 7, 2013

This is Part 2 of our DIY Travel Pin Board Map. For Part 1 of this project, read this post.Β 

Wyatt already showed you guys the interesting part of this project.

Map Frame 25

He talked about building the frame and getting the map to be “pin-able,” but I wanted to do a “quick” post about how we finished up this project. Plus, it’s time for the big reveal, right?

Oh, and If you missed his post, or just want a refresher, check it out here.

Wyatt left off talking about how we fastened the back of the frame on and added the hardware to hang it.

Map Frame 36

We also added some stick-on felt bumpers to the back to keep it from scratching the wall and to hold it out a bit to make it hang more evenly, top to bottom.

Map Frame Back

At this point, it was my turn to make the actual pins we were going to use on our map. I did a lot of “research” before starting this project. (Meaning, I read a lot of blogs and shopped a lot online to see what options were out there.)

I knew I didn’t want to just put pins in the places we’d been because after awhile (we hope to use this map our whole lives) we’d forget when we went to each place and which pins went together for each trip.

So, I decided to make little flags for each pin so I could write the date and description of each trip. I used the excess map we’d trimmed off to make it fit our frame. (And yes, those used to be my sister’s scissors I guess.

Making Map PinsThen, I tried two different ways of attaching them to my pins. I went with plain straight pins (for sewing) instead of using map pins from Office Depot because I thought the flag gave it enough bulk–no need for a giant pin head.

I debated between sticking the pin through the flag and just taping it on the back.

Map Pin Styles

I ended up decided I liked the taped method better because it was a smoother look (no bunch from sticking the pin in the paper). Plus, it was quite a bit easier to cut small pieces of tape than it was to stick the pins through without ripping the little flag.

Finally, I wrote my descriptions on the pins and started adding them to the map. Here’s the first pin that earned a place on our map.

First Map Pin

I tried to stick the pins down into the foam so they were as close to parallel (as opposed to perpendicular) with the surface of our map so they are less likely to get bumped or snagged. Plus, it helps make the flags easier to read.

Then we added our honeymoon trip pins.

Honeymoon Map Pins

And the Missouri pins. These may get really crowded really quickly. We’ll have to come up with a plan for what gets a pin and what doesn’t. Or get smaller flags. πŸ™‚

Missorui Map Pins

At this point, we haven’t added a pin for “Home” but we might. I’m thinking if we do, we’ll use another color. Plus, we can add a pin for where our first apartment was if we do our house now. Wyatt even had the idea to use string to tie all the pins from one trip together and then link them all back up at our “Home” pin but I think that would only work if we didn’t take many trips since the pin with all those strings attached would get full really fast.

Here’s how all our pins look so far. We’re doing really well in the middle of the country so far! Here’s to making it to both coasts!

Map Pins

We hung the map in our entryway since we had a nice big wall there and we think it will be a fun focal point. We made sure to hit a stud with our nail even though it isn’t all that heavy.

Map Pinboard Done 3

I have to say that I am totally thrilled with how this project turned out. I sometimes catch myself just staring over at it from the couch.

It’s big, it’s bright, it’s interactive, it’s beautiful (if we do say so ourselves). In short, we’re totally pleased with this project.

Map Pinboard Done

We’re excited to get out there and see more of the country so we can add more pins, although we know there’s no rush since we want to take our kiddos to as many places as we can, too.

And yes, we could have gone with a world map instead of the national one (it was the same price from Rand McNally) but we know our travels will be mostly focused here even if we do make a trip to Europe or something. This lets us have more detail where the bulk of our traveling will be.

We could have also added a LOT more pins if we’d included places we’d been separately, but we want this to be a travel map for our family, not for ourselves, if that makes sense. We also only included places we’ve been since we were married, although we went to Myrtle Beach on a mission trip together in college so if we’d included that we could have knocked out another coast.

Map Pinboard Done 2

I’m not usually forceful with you guys, but I say you should get out there and build one of these bad boys right away. It wasn’t the easiest project we’ve done (getting that map smooth was no piece of cake) but it has been so rewarding to look up and admire this beauty whenever we want. Plus, it wasn’t too much of a pull on the budget, especially when considering the price of some already-made versions for sale and how much cork would have been. Here’s the break down:

  • Map – $7.74
  • Pins, Paper – Already had
  • Wood for Frame – $15.08 (Have leftover scraps)
  • Foam – $12.58 (Have lots extra)
  • Stain – $7.77 (Have LOTS extra)
  • Tools, supplies – Already Had
  • Total – $43.17

Seriously, try this one. You’ll love it.

What do you say? Have a travel map? Want to build one? Do you like to travel or are you a homebody? Have suggestions or comments on our map? Let’s discuss!

I’m linking this post up hereΒ and here. Again, if you missed Part 1 of this project, you can read it here.Β 

23 thoughts on “DIY Pinboard Travel Map Part 2

  1. Jill

    It is really awesome! I like it by the front door so everyone can see it.

  2. Steph

    Fun idea! I really like how the bright colours of the map look with the dark wood frame.

    1. Melissa Post author

      Me too! That’s one of the reasons we “spray” for the new map. Three cheers for bright colors!

  3. Lora @ Craftivity Designs

    I’ve wanted to do this in our home!! We love to travel & both like using maps in decor. Heading over to your last post about making the map “pinnable”. Your tags a so cute & it looks great πŸ™‚

    1. Melissa Post author

      Thanks! Hubs did a great job building it, so hopefully you’ll enjoy his instructions. You can totally do this project–good luck!

  4. Gabby Bladdick

    This is awesome!! I want to get my future hubs on a project just like this. Hmmm maybe subtle hints of emailing him this link??? πŸ™‚

    1. Melissa Post author

      Thanks! You might try the subject line “It’s tradition for the groom to get the bride a gift…” πŸ™‚

  5. amy

    This is awesome! I would love to have one of these. I know the girls would love to have something like to remember all of their adventures.
    Somehow my husband did not get a handy gene in his make up. πŸ™

    1. Melissa Post author

      It’s really an easy project–especially if you cut out the steps we did to make the frame. I’ve seen some maps just tacked to a big cork board (about 50ish bucks at Office Depot?) that look pretty cool, too! Good luck finding/making one. It’s fun!

    1. Melissa Post author

      Oh yea. My family has been going there since I was a little kid and I really do love it there. We don’t do the shows, though, just hiking and antique shops, and eating…and SDC sometimes, too. Especially at Christmas.

  6. Naomi

    I’m so glad I didn’t buy the map pins yet, I like your idea with the flags a million times better! Great job!

  7. Grant Pichla

    Melissa, this was thorough and inspirational πŸ™‚ I have one question- I’m looking at either getting cork board or the foam, as you did. In your opinion, do the pins stick nicely into the foam without falling out to easy? I am not too familiar with it and just want to be sure. Thanks!

    1. Melissa Post author

      The foam is working really well! The only issues we’ve had is if we remove a pin and move it to a really close-by location (like touching the original hole) if can feel a little wobbly. Also, ours is set in the frame so it’s unlikely to be bumped, but I imagine if you did bump the pins, they might get a little loose. Otherwise, no issues at all. And so much cheaper than cork so I’m very pleased! Hope that helps!


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