Last month I made this framed push pin board with one of my maps, for a dear friend of mine (Hi Silvia!). So, I want to show you how I made it because it is very easy.
You will need:
- A map print / or a printable map. The one shown is available as printable world map with countries and states labelled or printable world map with cities, countries and states. I printed my map in matte paper.
- A foamcore board, that will provide support for push pins.
- (Alternatively, instead of the map printed on paper + the foamboard, you can have the map printed on foamboard directly.)
- A frame of your choice.
- Tape or glue.
- I needed nails because my frame was handmade, but if yours is store-bought, you wouldn’t need them.
Do it yoursef:
My frame was not store-bought, so I painted and varnished it.
My father, who used to be a carpenter, made this simple wood frame for me.
I was looking for a distressed look, so I painted the frame twice with satin finish varnish. Then, on top of that, I painted a coat of white acrylic paint. Then I sanded the frame until it looked grunge and distressed :
After that, I coated it in satin varnish again.
A frame + a foamcore board + a map print.
I measured foamboard to fit the frame and then I taped the map on top of the foam, centered:
Then, I placed the foam inside the frame:
On the back we used the ugliest nails we had at hand (for securing the foam inside the frame):
The map is ready for push pins:
Any questions? Would you like a personalized map? I’m right here: