Happy Wednesday loves!
So I’ve had this DIY cork board world map pinned for some time now and I finally got around to recreating it. Let me start by saying I love travel! There is something about seeing the world and expereincing new cultures, foods and people. Not much else compares to these priceless experiences. I wanted to create this travel map to remind me of my travels but also plan out where I am going to explore next. Bonus, it is a custom home decor piece and is a great conversation starter!
To start, download this map and open in blockposters.com. This will allow you to size it so you can print it to your desired size. I did 3 pages across and 2 pages deep. This was the best size for me because once it was on the wall, it took up about 35 inches in width of wall space.
Once printed, fold the edges as needed and tape the pages together. Next, you can either cut along the solid lines to seperate the continents, or, cut out each continent individually. It is personal preference as you will be using an exacto knife to cut the cork. You can either trace the cut out continents onto the cork with a sharpie, or tape the papers and cut along the outlines of the continents. I found it easier to cut out each content and then tape and proceed with cutting. Be mindful that cork tears easy, so do not be too aggressive with the knife.
As you are cutting keep in mind that every curve and line does not need to be perfect. That would be far too difficult. Be sure to keep the basic shape of each continent but don’t stress if detail isn’t perfect. Keep it simple and fun! It is important to cut out a couple islands as well so the map will feel and look realistic; brings great detail and pulls the whole map together.
Once cutting is complete, set it up on your work space so you can see the layout. I referenced a world map to ensure all continents were in good order and decent spacing. I measured the width the map would take up and marked it on my wall so I had reference where the tip of Alaska would start and where Russia would end. It was also very useful to mark where Greenland lined up. I used it as a middle marker of sorts (even though it is not in the middle at all). Once Greenland was up, I proceeded to put the mounting tape on the back of each piece and carefully adhered to the wall. Do not press down on the tape until the piece is exactly where you want it, otherwise it will be difficult to remove and could cause wall damage.
Continue with the northern hemisphere then work your way to the south. Once, everything is in place and secured, start on the tags and label as desired! I eventually want to update my tags to be a picture with the location on the back with the date, but for now, location works. Look at a map for reference and pin on your map!
Now wasn’t that an easy, enjoyable project!? Serves several purposes and keeps me planning and excited for my next trip. Add a comment or tag me in your Instagram posts so I can see how your project turned out!
Bye for now babes,