diy travel map

DIY Travel Map

DIY Travel Map

Y’all know by now that Mr. Lovely and I are major travel junkies. Last year, he made me this for Valentine’s Day, and I just about died! We wanted to do a more detailed one that we could add to as we went along, so here we go! Grab your materials:

  • map of your choice (We went with just the U.S., and found our map at a stationery store.)
  • corkboard
  • spray glue
  • pins
  • spray paint in various colors

Cut your corkboard to the size of your map and spray glue the map to the cork.

Stick a batch of pins into a scrap of cork and spray paint. We decided on three colors — white for places he’s been, yellow for places I’ve been, and gold for places we’ve been together.

DIY Travel Map

DIY Travel Map

Let your pins and map dry, and start sticking! We had some pretty intense tour schedules when we were working on the road, so it took us some time to figure out. But we eventually got it! I think we’re planning on hanging ours on a bedroom wall for travel inspiration. I’ve just got 7 states to go until I’ve seen all 50! xoxo

DIY Travel Map

DIY Where I've Been Map


20 comments

  1. Love it Chelsea! We have a spot on our gallery wall for a travel map. Now I just need to find time to make it..

    • chelsea on said:

      Thanks Kell! I promise, it’s a super-fast project. And we found our map at Paper Source, if you’re looking!

    • chelsea on said:

      Thanks! It’s looking great in our bedroom!

  2. Anouk on said:

    I love the idea !!! Thank you for being so inspiring !

  3. Shoko on said:

    Must make this. It’s been far too long since I’ve taken a trip – this would be the perfect reminder to get moving :)

    • chelsea on said:

      Definitely, Sho! It’s up in our bedroom and those states without pins in them are calling my name. Eventually I think we need a world map. ;)

  4. Jay on said:

    My wife and I did this on our wall too, on a huge cork board. Around the edges where the map doesn’t cover, we put pictures or post cards from our trips.

    They make actual map pins, which would work better. But we used the same pins you have used here.

  5. Sarah on said:

    i think you’ve read my mind and have done an beautiful job!

    love how simple and pretty it looks!
    awesome way for me to visualize and finish off my bucket list!

    • chelsea on said:

      So glad you like it, Sarah! Hopefully you can use the idea!

  6. Shannon on said:

    Wow – all 50 states! You’re my travel hero – that is definitely on my list. Thanks for sharing the DIY. Love it.

  7. Angie on said:

    Amazing idea!! and very inspiring for a couple’s home! it make’s one think of it’s next destination!! Thank you!!

  8. Joe on said:

    What size map is this and where did you get the map?

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Joe,
      The map was an old one that I’d been hanging onto for a while, but I’m sure you can order one on Amazon or someplace similar. This particular map is about 24″ x 32″.

  9. Meighan on said:

    Wow this is awesome. I just bought myself a map, and I’m going to start to pin my vacations. What did you use to get the whole map and cork board to stay on the wall?

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Meighan! We actually attached a picture hanger to the back of the corkboard and hung it like you would a frame.

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