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Turn a standard map of the world into a showcase for your travels by plotting the places you've been.

Make a plain wall into a travel diary and source of inspiration.

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Step 1: Foam Board

  • Layer 1 - Lay the foam board next to each other so the total size is larger than your poster
  • Layer 2 - Make a second layer but cut the board in halves and quarters so that none of the seams will lie on top of the seams on the first layer
  • Use spray adhesive to glue the two layers together
  • Use tables and books to hold the layers together while the glue dries.

Step 2: Mount the Map

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  • Use double sided tape or spray adhesive to attach the map to the board
  • Cut off the excess foam board with a sharp craft knife


Step 3: Plot your travels

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  • Push small nails into all the places you have been.
  • Wrap the string around the nails in the order you traveled to each destination
  • Add a drop of super glue under the head of every nail to hold the string in place.


Step 4: French Cleats

  • Make 4 french cleats out of thick corrugated cardboard by staggering 2 strips and gluing them together with hot glue
  • Make the other half of the french cleats (that will mount on the wall) but chamfer the corners and leading edge so that the cleats will slide together easily
  • Note the ‘grain direction’ of the corrugated cardboard. This is the strongest way to use the cardboard in this application.

Check out butynski’s instructable to see what a real french cleat is made of wood. This will help to understand the concept if you don't know what a french cleat is already.

The cardboard cleats were a bit of an experiment. I wasn't sure how strong they would be but they turned out great. It is very strong and stable.

thebeatonpath11 months ago

Hubby and I have been talking about doing this for years. I'm picking up foam board and a map today if I can find a good one!

english tea (author)  thebeatonpath11 months ago

That's great. Post a picture when you're done. I'd love to see it

Foam board: check. Great map: harder to find. May have to purchase online. Will post once I'm done. So excited! I'm afraid my strings will get a little nuts.
dweinke11 months ago
very cool... I think I may try this. What type / brand of mp did you get?
english tea (author)  dweinke11 months ago

Thank you

This is the link to the poster i bought

Its 55" x 39"

For the non-Canadians amongst us,

english tea (author)  cmalone11 months ago

Well spotted. This is the U.S link to the same poster I used.

The cropping and colouration on the one I had chosen makes it slightly better for this application, eh?

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone whilst eating poutine, and drinking Tims, didn't win the roll up the rim :( Omg is that a Moose?!


You had me at Tims. I married a Canadian and miss that treat.

dlindstrom11 months ago

Thumbs up. I'm making this for me Father in Law to map his ham radio encounters throughout the years.

Dr.Duckhunt11 months ago
I started one like this three years ago, but only the province I live. I'm a truck driver and I put a pin in the board for every stop. It's a fun way to see where you've been you've been .
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This is a great idea. I just got back from a two month long trip through India, Nepal and Europe and this would be a great way to document it.