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:
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:
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!
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 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;
… 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:
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.
What do you think?