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Maps are overlooked as solid pieces of art but Pinterest has changed that perception for us DIYers. Thanks to my friends helping out on IHB this week, there was a little more time on my part to highlight two projects today that incorporate maps and finally scratch off two bucket list craft projects.
Months ago, our bedroom received a much needed fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceiling, and then the horizontal stripe wall catastrophe (see story here) which became a solid color again. At about the same time, I also picked up these Ribba frames from Ikea and actually hung them on the wall, Ikea graphics and all.
During our honeymoon this year to France and Spain, we saved a lot of our brochures, maps and tickets. Going through the small ziplock bag of materials (I didn't want to leave), I pulled out a few maps and selected a nice range from our trip.
Using the mat that came with the frame as a template, I outlined the maps and cut them to fit three frames.
One map had an eye-sore of a legend so I found a scrap from a Saint Jean de Luz, France, surf shop bag to cover it. A train ticket, museum pass or receipt all work as well. The result: three gorgeous frames above our bed reminding us of that amazing trip - Paris, France; Saint Jean de Luz, France; and San Sebastian, Spain.
Traveling is a privilege and it's rare to step back and actually see the scope of where in the world we've been. For anyone who has been in a different country and traveled hours, maybe days, to get to any one destination, it's nice to remember how small we are in this great big world. I'm going to remember just this by repurposing this $5 yard sale find into a corkboard.
On hand I had four small corkboards and with my clever math skills (sarcasm), I figured out that I needed 20 more of the same size to cover this glass. I contemplated for some time as to whether the frame color should change, but for now the black hue is staying. After additional clever math skills and frugality, I walked out of the store with one four pack of 12"x12" and one four pack of 6"x6" corkboards.
Nerd alert: the best part of this project was playing around with the corkboard placement! Ultimately, I created the final layout:
A few of the edges overlapped on one end so I needed to snip four small and one large corkboards. Lesson: like moss and glitter, cork is definitely an outside toy. Be prepared and keep the kitties away.
The doublesided tape that came with the corkboards is not the ideal adhesive for this project - use hot glue. The result is better than any store bought version - this one has DIY character!
I visited a few stores to find a classical world map and unforunately, the perfect size does not exist. So I laid out the map, cut the long edges and folded over some of the map that I am most likely still a few years off from visiting (don't worry Australia, I'm saving up).