I have been traveling a lot the past year and finding/carrying lots of different souvenirs from country to country just wasn’t practical. So I decided on pins from each country. Some people collect magnets, shot glasses or snow globes but I chose pins. They’re small and inexpensive.
What better way to display all those pins than on a travel map!
I purchased a large world wall map off eBay for $15. Since some pins are fairly large a spacious map was needed so that the pins wouldn’t be all cramped together. This one measures 55 x 39 inches (140 x 100 cm)
You will need some form of backing for the map. A large cardboard box from that big screen TV or foam board could be used. I used a large board I bought from the local hardware store for $10.
Leave some space on the edges for the frame and glue it down.
Use spray glue or Modge Podge to glue the map to the backing. Make sure there are no bubbles!
Picture frames are expensive, especially at this size. So I used door trim which is less than $1 for a 1 foot length. I also had some scrap trim available. Measure and cut.
I chose a dark brown color for the frame. Paint and let dry.
Make a back support for the board which the frame can be nailed to. Again I had some scrap wood, but a few strips from the hardware store should be inexpensive. I added a center strip for some added support.
Once you’ve nailed the board to the back support you can start nailing the frame to the board.
Fill in the nail holes and touch up as needed. Your world map is now framed!
Finally the fun part. Stick all your travel pins into the map.
An awesome project that looks great and only cost around $35.