Donny and I love to travel. We don't get to go nearly as far or as often as we like, but we love going to new places. This year being our paper anniversary, I came up with a genius idea to commemorate our journeys (both together and separate) with a travel map!
It was super easy, not expensive, and a lot of fun! I did this project at my parents' house on a Sunday afternoon, and my mom was a huge help. I'm sure one person could probably do this on their own, but it was SO much easier with two. Here's what you'll need:
~ A map. This one came from the National Geographic website.
~ Foam or cork board. I used a foam board from Office Depot.
~ Utility knife
~ Spray glue
~ Straight pins
~ Spray paint in various colors
The map had been unrolled and left to flatten for at least a week before we got started on the project, and that helped SO much. We started from the bottom, spraying the foam board with the adhesive and lining up the map flush with the edge of the foam board. We slowly unrolled the map up to the top, spraying the board as we went, and using a yard stick to help eliminate bubbles and bumps.
The hardest part was cutting the foam board down to the size of the map (to get one big enough for my map, we had to get a fairly large foam board). But soon the map was cut and mounted!
For the pins, I used straight pins that I had at home along with three different colors of spray paint-- red for places Donny had been, blue for places I had been, and purple for places we've been together.
The final result!
The beautiful part of this project was that it was a gift within a gift. Not only did Donny love the map, but it also gave him a woodworking project, which he loves. For something like this, you obviously need to hang it somehow, and a map on a foam board isn't super pretty. So, he got to work in the garage to make a glass-less shadowbox for it this weekend. That man was in heaven!
And now our map is in a beautiful frame! This is what I call great teamwork.