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DIY Wall Map

I am so sorry… I don’t mean to tease, but I guess I did with my last post. 

I showed you a picture of the chair that has a story to tell

Chair Upholstery and Map

In the background there was a view of a big map hanging on the wall. Can you see it peeking from behind the chair? 

It’s screaming, “Show me too”.

I had several of you asking about it, so I wanted to make sure to share all of the details about the map with you. 

DIY Wall Map

This really was an easy project, but I learned to be happy with the imperfect

at least for awhile.

I wanted a particular look here and scoured the internet to find it. 

What look was I going for?

A vintage world map with sepia tones.  When I saw this map, there was no question,

this was the ONE!

It wasn’t vintage, but had the look that speaks vintage.

  There are many choices and options in sizes which give great flexibility for any interior.  The map I chose was a 73x 48″ paper

World Map Executive Style

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Supplies Needed:

Map of your choosing

(4) 2×2 boards

Wire nails

Hammer

Eucaboard cut to size of map

Wood Glue

Wood Stain

Adhesive

Here is what we did.

We placed the map on top of the Eucaboard to make sure it was a perfect cut. 

Eucaboard

Do you like the Disney gang? 

World Map

After placing it on the board we realized we would have a little edge showing around the map.  That was okay because it gave a nice border and I was going to stain the edges.

Next we cut two 2×2’s to size and nailed them with wire nails vertically to the board.

World Map

Then we created a frame by measuring the other 2×2’s to fit snug in between

the vertical 2×2 boards.

Vintage World Map

Then nailed the boards in place.

After the border was secure we wanted to give more stability so we glued another 2×2 in the center of the Eucaboard.

World Map

Don’t you just love our Tagine giving the extra weight needed to adhere the glue properly?

After the frame was constructed, a dark stain was added to the 2×2’s and top border of the Eucaboard.

Vintage World Map

World Map

I really like this dark walnut stain.

Here is where it got a little tricky… 

A little stressful…

and, well…

this is where the imperfect became a reality.

We placed down the map perfectly, making sure it was straight, and began to glue.

Map Frame Tutorial

I decided to use Mod Podge because I have used it for several projects and love how it works.  It leaves a great finish and gives extra durability.  This is a large map and using Mod Podge didn’t work to my advantage here.  I had to work quick and couldn’t work fast enough.  I ended up with wrinkles and found myself in a huge panic. 

OH NO!  I ruined it! 

That’s when my husband and I took a step back and figured we can still tackle this.  The map will have character and a little 3-D effect.  There will be no other map out there like it…

THIS will be one of a kind.

We kept gluing and braying and embraced every wrinkle we created. 

(This still kills me, my perfectionist self is dying inside).

World Map Frame

After it was glued down, wrinkles and all, I used Mod Podge to give it a durable finish.  After 3 coats, it was ready to hang on the wall. 

Map Wall Hanging

I do have to say, the wrinkles after using top coats of Mod Podge seemed to fade away.  What a relief!

World Map Frame

My son loves this huge map hanging in his room.  It hangs proudly right next to my grandparent’s chair. 

Do you have a large wall hanging project?  Or one you would like to tackle?

Thanks for stopping by today!

Enjoy!

Angie

 

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33 Comments

  • SheilaG @ Plum Doodles

    Your map is beautiful, Angie. Now, what in the world {ha!} is eucaboard, and where do you find it? I have an iffy relationship with mod podge- I never seem to get anything wrinkle-free when using it. So I try to avoid it as much as possible.

    May 3, 2013 at 10:04 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Ha! Ha! Eucaboard is a thin board we found at The Home Depot. I am laughing because I would have never known the name, but the sticker helped me out a little. It is a nice thin board, I wanted something that wouldn’t be too thick and bulky when looking at the frame from the side. I wasn’t sure if it would stain, but it took the stain too. Who knew? I like Mod Podge, I just think this was too big of a piece to avoid those wrinkles. I am happy with the end result though. 🙂

      May 4, 2013 at 9:50 am Reply
  • Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    Angie, your map looks wonderful! I also love the chair! Wow, great finds! I’m with Sheila, on the Mod Podge, I try to avoid it because my wrinkles too! You did an awesome! Hope all is well! I’m counting down until Haven!

    May 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Thank you Betsy! I was happy I found the map in the colors I was searching for, I thought I would have to tea stain a map. The wrinkles give personality, right? That’s why I embrace all of them… even the ones on my face. Ha! Ha! I just wish mine would minimize like the maps did. 🙂
      I am so excited for Haven! It’s going to be a great time – it will be here before we know it!

      May 4, 2013 at 9:55 am Reply
  • Jayne

    You’ve created a really beautiful piece of art!

    May 4, 2013 at 8:10 am Reply
    • Angie

      Thank you, Jayne!

      May 4, 2013 at 9:55 am Reply
  • Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

    Love this map! Very cool.

    May 4, 2013 at 10:36 am Reply
    • Angie

      Thanks, Erin!

      May 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm Reply
  • Miss Charming

    I love the frame you made for it and I think the wrinkles give it some character. Perfect combo with the chair!

    May 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Wrinkles give us all character, don’t they? Ha! Thanks so much Miss Charming!

      May 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm Reply
  • Courtney

    Hi Angie!

    Love the piece. Looking to do something similar but was wondering, was the map you chose just paper? I want to make sure I’m not getting something too thin that will just get ruined with a wet-type glue. Thanks!

    October 1, 2013 at 1:19 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Hi Courtney! The map that I chose was poster quality in weight so it was thicker than paper. I hope this helps! 🙂

      October 3, 2013 at 4:25 pm Reply
  • Margarita

    Hello! I’m just looking for a beautiful map wall when I found your page with this wonderfull thing♥. Thank you very much for give the link to shop them, now my room will look cool 🙂

    April 19, 2014 at 11:41 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Margarita, you are very welcome! That’s why I do the blog, to share what I have learned and found along the way. I would love to hear how your room turns out. 🙂

      April 24, 2014 at 9:26 pm Reply
  • Blas

    Hi, I am thinking about doing the same at home. I just wanted to know if at such big size the image quality of the map is good or not. Specifically if the letters have a pixeled effect or something like that. I am asking this because I am from argentina and the shipping is twice the value of the map, so I have to be sure before buying it.

    Many thanks. Its a great work you did.

    Regards

    January 17, 2015 at 7:13 am Reply
    • Angie

      The quality of the map is great! It is a National Geographic map. In my opinion in doesn’t have any pixeled effect at all. Best of luck – let me know what you decide and if you have any further questions.

      January 20, 2015 at 7:50 pm Reply
  • Michele

    I have this same map, same size but laminated, hanging on my living room wall — we used baseboard to make a frame for it. It is so huge, it is impossible to get all of the air bubbles out from underneath it. I had a thought: What about wallpaper glue? It stays wetter longer, so you’d have time to peel up the paper and replace it if necessary. With something this big, I’d treat it like wallpaper and roll it up, wrong side out, then apply from the shortest side out, smoothing as I went. I feel your aggravation of fooling with a map of this size and not having it lay perfectly flat!

    May 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Hey Michele, What a great idea! Next time I try something of that size, I think I will try it. We’re talking about getting another one in different colors for my other son’s room. Don’t you just love the map? It really is a statement piece and I just love it. Thanks for the tip and I will give it a try.

      May 18, 2015 at 12:41 am Reply
  • Margo

    Hi Angie,

    I love this project! However, when I go to the link to the map shop, the picture of the map on the website looks a lot lighter (less rich and contrasted) then the photos of your project. Is the map on their website the same color as the one you posted? Thanks!!!

    June 23, 2015 at 6:55 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Hi Margo, Thanks so much. This is a very good question. I just went to the website, and you are right, the color looks lighter on the site. If you zoom into the map the colors seem more true. I also looked at the map in person and it indeed has more contrast than what you see on the site. I hope this helps. I don’t mind sending you more pic’s if it helps you to make a decision.

      June 23, 2015 at 9:15 pm Reply
  • Lisa

    What a great idea! I have this exact same map, laminated, and have been trying to come up with an economical solution for hanging it. Question: Does the eucaboard have any odor? I have birds in the sun room adjacent to where I’d like to hang this, and must be extra careful with odors of any kind. Thanks!

    July 18, 2015 at 4:58 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Hi Lisa, As far as I can tell, the eucaboard does not have an odor. I don’t remember when I brought it home at first if it had an odor, but if it was something strong or out of the ordinary, I think I would remember. I would purchase a piece and explain your situation to those at Home Depot. I bet they would let you place it in the room and if it didn’t work out, you could possibly return it. Best of luck to you.

      July 19, 2015 at 11:13 am Reply
  • Ali

    Do you remember how much you paid for the Eucaboard? I can’t find it on Home Depot’s website and I’m curious as to how budget friendly it is. Thanks!

    September 15, 2015 at 12:43 pm Reply
  • maureen

    Hi Lisa
    I love this! I have the same map that is 40 x 30.5 and was desperate to find an inexpensive but nice way to hang. What did you use to hang on the wall. How heavy is the end product?
    Thanks
    Maureen

    November 20, 2015 at 11:43 am Reply
    • Angie

      Hi Maureen, It is super light – not heavy at all. Very easy to lift. I could do it myself if it wasn’t so big. We used picture hanger hooks without wire and hung it from there. (If you would like pic’s, email me and I will send them to you). I hope this helps.

      November 26, 2015 at 9:29 am Reply
  • Patty

    Nice. I bought this map last week (waiting for it to come in) but the smaller version. I wanted something bigger and couldn’t find it. It’s all good. The map I bought was less than $2.00 and is brand new with free shipping. I know exactly where the big one would go, but in the mean time, I’m trying to figure out what project to do near our door with it. We may do something in our 1/2 bath downstairs so I see it all the time. Ugh! Decisions, decisions! 🙂 Great job!

    January 22, 2016 at 12:30 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Yay, Patty! I love this map. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! You’ll have to let me know what you decide to do.

      January 22, 2016 at 4:51 pm Reply
  • Erin Warner

    Hi! Would you mind telling me what wall color you used? It compliments the map so perfectly. Thanks!

    March 6, 2016 at 5:14 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Hi Erin, the color is Benjamin Moore Silver Lining. You can see the post about it with the Teen Room Reveal here —>http://slipcoveredgrey.com/2014/01/boys-teen-bedroom-reveal.html. I hope this helps.

      April 5, 2016 at 4:48 pm Reply
  • Denise

    Hi Angie,
    How did you glue the map to the board? Did you put the Mod Podge in between the map and the board? Also, how much Mod Podge should I buy?

    April 30, 2016 at 10:29 am Reply
    • Angie

      Hi Denise,
      You are right, I did put Mod-Podge in between the map and the board. I also brayed it down as I went. Then I added a few top coats which gave it a very durable surface. This is a large map and, for me, it was difficult Mod-Podging the map to the board. The map would move on me and caused some wrinkles. The wrinkles did fade, but I can still find them. It might have gone better if I hadn’t panicked and rushed. It has been awhile since I did this project, but I believe I purchased a pretty big size. I used a coupon at the craft store and bought the bigger one thinking I would use the leftover for another project. I hope this helps.

      May 2, 2016 at 11:14 am Reply
  • Hayley

    Hi Angie I was just wondering what size your map that you used is? thanks!

    May 1, 2016 at 6:59 pm Reply
    • Angie

      Hi Hayley,
      The map size is 73×48″ paper.

      May 2, 2016 at 11:07 am Reply

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