July 30, 2013

DIY Travel Map



My husband and I LOVE to travel. No matter what our budget looks like, we make it a priority to put away something for a nice trip for just the two of us. We love to discover new cultures, experience new things and, of course, get away alone for awhile!  So, when it came time to think of a special gift for him for our anniversary – I really wanted to give my husband a travel map to mark all of the places that we have been together. My husband’s grandparents have been married for 61 years and have displayed in their home a detailed map labeled with all of their travels throughout their marriage (and they have a LOT!). I thought that was so sweet and something I would like to do with my spouse, but  when I went to go buy the same map it cost $169.00. Now – it is a BEAUTIFUL map, but that is money that I would MUCH rather spend on our next trip! So I made my own and am sharing with you today how you can make your very own Travel Map for under $25.00! 

For My Map I Used the Following:

TOTAL COST: $24.32

Here is what you do:

I purchased my 24×36 poster frame from Target, but the frame outline was black. I wanted an antique-feel for my map, so I used my favorite kind of spray paint to give a copper-toned color to the frame. What I like about this spray is that is gives off a “hammered” look rather than a smooth, glossy finish. The texture adds a nice depth and helps the final project look more antique.

After the spray had completely dried, I added my World Map Poster to the poster frame. I played with the idea of using foam board, cork board or even a canvas for my backing but all of that required trimming my map and/or gluing. Way too difficult. I am all about easy and effective! Using the poster frame I had an instant frame, and the frame CAME WITH a cardboard back and the map fit perfectly! The pins stick into the cardboard without any problem and I didn’t have to cut or trim at all! A crafters dream!


Next, I used spray adhesive to add the printables created especially for this project by our designer Leah Aldous. She does custom design work and for this project she matched the design to my purchased map perfectly! It totally looks like it was meant to go with the map. If you ever need anything designed contact her – trust me you won’t regret it!


 Next, you will want to decide how you want to label your pins. The legend provides three categories: places we have been together, places we plan to visit soon, and places we dream of going. Amazon has oodles of color pin choices and even some tacks with colored flags that you could have a different color pin for each category. This is the traditional way of doing a travel map.


For my own unique spin, I went with all gold pins to match the antique feel of my map, and used paper punch shapes for each of the categories. I used my punch to make hearts for the places we have been together and stars for places we plan to visit soon. I then pricked the pin through the shape and placed each in the legend. For the places we dream of going, I used my hot glue gun to glue a small jewels to the head of the pin.


There are so many ways you can label your map! This is where you can really personalize it to make it special.

Then comes my favorite part – adding in the pins to show where you have traveled!


Using the legend I created, I placed pins all over the world to the places we have traveled together, the places we have plans to visit soon and even the places we dream of visiting together. We have both traveled the world separately, but for this gift, I wanted to focus on our travels together. 


I am so excited to give this to my husband on our anniversary and to have something that we can continually add to throughout our years of marriage together. After we have some more trips marked on our map, I think it would be so fun to make a book that includes pictures and memories from those travels just like this one that Erika’s husband made for her!


And there you have it! Your very own travel map for under $25.00! Perfect for the couple who loves to travel!

Now it is time to start planning your next vacation! Check out Julie’s Vacation Planning Date for free printables to help plan your next trip!

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42 Responses to “DIY Travel Map ”

  1. Kayla says:

    Im making this for my Fiance for Christmas and I am having a really hard time finding the gold pins. I have looked every where online (all out of stock) and no stores around me have gold.

  2. Lauren says:

    Hello. I have a question about this map, did you pay for the lamination when you ordered that map? Or did you just frame it as is? Thanks!

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