Create a Push Pin Travel Map for All Your Traveling Memories

Travel Map Where I’ve Been

Bring your vacation memories to life with our personalized push pin travel map! This DIY project is the most adorable home decoration, bucket list, and memory keepsake – all in one! This Personalized travel map is a cool way to reminisce and plan for future fun. Whether you have lots of visited states under your belt or a long bucket list of travel plans this is the perfect way to document your travel adventures! Your DIY map could be a great gift, or a fun activity to do together as a couple!

Want to make your own? Watch this video from our YouTube channel to find out more about our 50 states photo map because you know you need this in your life!

I can't wait to put together this travel map of where I've been with my spouse! #pushpintravelmap #50statesphotomap #personalizedtravelmap

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Isn’t this travel map where I’ve been GORGEOUS?! Our darling Courtney from Paperelli was the designer behind this beauty. Courtney has turned each state into a work of art! She’s created the 50 states photo map in a fairly neutral scheme, with pops of color, to coordinate with any decor in your home. The finished push pin trabel map comes out to be 24 x 36″, so it will fit perfectly in a frame that size!

Travel Map Where I've Been

The DIY Travel Map Kit includes:

  • Beautiful base 50 states travel map
  • Visited states DIY map templates
  • Destination & embellishment flags

Personalized Travel Map

This printable travel map pack has a darling design of every single one of the 50 states! Just print these beauties, cut them out and piece them together to make the gorgeous travel map of where you’ve been! We’ve created them in “chunks,” groups of states stuck together, so it’s less cutting for you as you create your own personalized travel map!

Personalized Travel Map

50 States Photo Map

Although the map is lovely all on it’s own, adding your own pictures and memories will make it really stand out. The pack includes templates of all 50 states for you to trace and cut perfectly sized photos that fit directly onto your DIY map!

DIY Map

 

DIY Push Pin Travel Map

Mark your map with your favorite vacation spots, future destinations, and special getaway spots! The embellishment flags included attach easily with a small pin and they also add extra cuteness to your travel map!

50 States Photo Map

DIY Map Project Tip:

We recommend using metal sewing pins to attach your flags. Stick them right through the states at an angle and they will lay flat. We like these because they don’t have a very large head, so they easily fit behind the frame’s glass. If you want to use bigger pins or tacks that stick out a little more, create the map in the frame, but leave the glass or plastic covering off. Then, it’s more easily updated as well! If you choose to take that route, we would recommend gluing the print to poster board or a piece of cardboard to keep it stiff and firm in the frame.

Family Travel Map

Isn’t this such a CUTE personalized travel map project? Our printables make it so easy to pull together. No one will guess that you didn’t slave over this map for hours on end because it looks so professional! The travel map with pins is just such a fun piece of art to display and also a great conversation starter. You know you’re dying to make your own personalized push pin travel map!

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While you’re making travel plans, you might want to use our awesome road trip planner called, The Road Trip in a Box Kit! It has everything to keep your car crew entertained, and it also makes your family travels smooth and happy!

If you have a loved one traveling, we have the perfect pack to welcome them back into your arms. Our Welcome Home Printable Pack has everything you need to make your sweetie’s homecoming extra special, but also extra memorable!

 

Travel Map Gift Idea

We have one other push pin travel map idea for you that you can also do completely yourself. AND we have free printables to make it work for you!

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

Make a DIY Travel Map

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 it 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 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 cardboard back and the map fits perfectly! The pins stick into the cardboard without any problem and I didn’t have to cut or trim at all! A crafters dream!

Personal Travel Map

How to Make a Push Pin Map

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!

Map for Travel Memories

 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.

DIY Family Travel Map

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

Push Pin Travel Map

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

50 States Travel Map

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.

DIY travel map

I am so excited to give this to my husband on our anniversary. I love 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!

Push Pin Travel Map

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

About the Author: Gabby

I'm a happy gal who's lucky enough to have the sweetest, goofiest, most handsome husband, and two darling little girls! I try to stay positive, look for the best in others and my highest priorities are my faith, family and friends. Some of my favorite things include cuddling (I wish it was my full-time job!), yoga, DIY home projects, donut hunting, bike rides, parties, picnics and trying new recipes. I have a serious sweet tooth and will do anything to get to sunshine & the beach!

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31 Responses to Create a Push Pin Travel Map for All Your Traveling Memories

    1. Hi Nichol! Thank you! We are so excited about this project too!
      The dimensions of the map are 24 x 36 inches. We recommend engineer printing the large file at 24×36″ and creating it in a 24×36″ frame. Hope you love it!

      1. Sadly Staple denied me the engineer print today saying they wouldn’t do it in color (only $2.99) but offered to do it as a poster for $29.99! Eeek.

        So, looks like I’m gonna have to order more ink and print/assemble it myself.

        1. Oh bummer! I think it will depend where you get it printed if they’ll let you do a color engineer print or not. I actually ended up engineer printing my large template in B&W and then just covered it with the state pieces! Hope that helps, and that your map turns out beautifully!

    1. Thanks Hannha! I know right? I have mine hanging in my home and people are always asking about it! I’m sure any lucky couple would LOVE to get this as a gift!

    1. Hi Nicolette! Just so you know, this won’t be shipped to you. It’s a digital file, you’ll receive an email and then you can downland and print it. It’s a DIY project! Thanks!

    1. I haven’t tried putting it together on foam board! But that’s a FABULOUS idea! It would help keep the pins in place really well! The states all fit on a regular 8×11″ piece of paper, so if your cutting machine fits that, it should work!

    1. You’ll be using different sizes, depending on the state! The bigger states such as California and Texas are 8×10″, and the tiny ones on the East Coast are 2×2″. The photos range anywhere between there. Each state template has a suggested photo size included with it!

    1. Megan! Sadly, no, we can change the colors in the printables. You are welcome to contact the designer though to see if she would can change it for you! Her info is in the post above! 😉

    1. Hi Mistie! It would be tricky to resize it on your own- the states pieces might not fit right if it isn’t exactly proportioned right. You could contact our lovely graphic designer Courtney (who created this beauty) for a commission to resize it for you if you like. Her contact info is the post!

    1. Hi Michelle! The 2nd picture in the post is the finished product- I haven’t filled the whole map with photos yet since we haven’t traveled to each state yet! It was actually on a wall when I took the picture, but you can’t quite tell because of the way it’s cropped! I couldn’t zoom out anymore because the room is small… sorry! Hope that helps!