Introduction: Cheetos Around the World

I recently traveled to Greece and was looking for some comforts of home: Cheetos. I found them, but they were not at all the choices I have back home in the U.S.

Bringing back a bag or two sounds like a unique gift, but they aren't going to last long :)

I thought it might be neat to make a wall map of all the Cheetos I encounter in my travels. Of course I don't travel as frequently as I used to, so Google image search is going to fill in some blanks.

These techniques can be re-purposed for other uses than unique food items; for instance: maybe Marathon's you've completed around the world.


Microsoft Visio or something that can open/edit VSD files

The map layer is from here...

Step 1: Adding Images

With the Visio Map open in Microsoft Visio, you can easily copy and paste images onto the map.

The two Cheeto bags from Greece are pictures I took on my phone (after their delicious contents were consumed). The other Cheeto bag images I obtained by searching the internet:

Occasionally I use Microsoft Paint to crop an image, or to make a transparent background.

Insert the images via copy/paste. After pasting the image you can resize it as desired. Move them so they aren't blocking the country.

Step 2: Link Image to the Country

Draw a line connector between the image and the related country. Short-Cut is "Ctrl-6".

If you're having trouble locating a country on the map, you can locate it using the "external data" view. Double click the country name, and it will be selected in the map view.

Step 3: Finishing Touches

I added the Cheetos logo to the center as well. The logo is from but I had to upload it to to make the background transparent before copy/paste into the Visio file.

In LunaPic select "Edit" and than "Transparent Background". Save as PNG.

Resize and place it in the center.

Step 4: Printing

In Visio, under the Design menu...

Select Orientation and choose Landscape.

Select Size and choose the desired paper size: 8 1/2"x11", 8 1/2"x14", 11"x17", etc.

My office printer supports 8 1/2"x11" (letter), 8 1/2"x14" (legal), and 11"x17" (Ledger/Tabloid).

Now press the following keys together: "Ctrl-A". This will select all the objects on the screen.

You can now move and resize to fit the entire map on to a single sheet of the desired paper size.

Print. Frame? Hang. Show the world (or your office) your love of Cheetos.

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