On my bucketlist page you can see an image of the map that’s hung inside my house for the past three years. It’s just a big paper Rand McNally map, stuck on the wall with cork board pins and all the places I’ve been/still want to go on it labelled with paper stickies. Voila:

My old pinmap

My old pinmap

I recently took a bookcase out of my bedroom and turned the corner where it used sit into a sitting & reading corner with a chair and books and a dogbed for the dog, see here:

the old

the old

Which I revamped into this; I was just tired of all the clutter you know? This feels much more bed-room like and I didn’t spend a dime, I actually made $60 by selling the bookcase!

still need to work with the frames, but progress!

still need to work with the frames, but progress!

Anyway, back to the pin board thing. After ‘fixing’ that corner of my bedroom I though I’d deal with the big paper map just randomly hanging on the other side of my bed. It felt very college-dorm like and I wanted something more polished. I’ve always wanted a nice pin map with cork board behind it to mark all the places I have been and the many more places I still want to go, BUT if you’ve ever looked for pin maps to buy you know that prices are simply ridiculous. Check out the etsy listings here. I am not saying they’re not worth it, they are beautiful but unfortunately way out of my price range, in comes DIY.

I decided to keep my pin map small, and picked up this Quattro cork board at Walmart for $14,97+tax:

It looks a bit lonely here still

It looks a bit lonely here still

It looks a bit small on the wall still but I do intend to get larger lamps for my side-tables which will pull everything together more. After finding the cork board I spent what felt like eons searching online for a map that I could trim to size or at the right size. I ended up finding a simple world map posters at allposters.ca (this is not advertising) and waited a few weeks for that to come in. I paid $8,99 for the map, which after shipping and taxes came to $13.72. Then, I simply trimmed the edges;

coming together nicely

coming together nicely 🙂

… And glued it onto the cork board with a glue stick, I also carefully pushed the edges in so some of them are actually slightly behind the cork board trim. I let it sit for a few hours with a pile of books on it before adding my pins. For the pins, I chose simple fine sewing needles:

multicolours!

multicolours!

Which cost me, I think it was $1,97+tax at Walmart. I looked at actual map-pins but for what is basically a glorified sewing pin, I figured I’d stick with these, plus they come in fun colours which is a bonus.

So, for a total cost of $17,07 for the board + $13, 72 for the poster and $2,25 for the pins, I ended up with this, for $33,04. Much cheaper than the $100+ pinmaps I found for sale everywhere else.

Green for travels with Mr. X, Yellow where I want to go and Blue where I have been!

Oh the places you’ll go

What do you think?

 

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