A recent house clean-out yielded many items we had a hard time parting with, even though their very existence has become obsolete in the last few years. One of the most noticeable of the bunch: road maps. As our ever-advancing phones and computers take over our lives, we find what was once useful is now trash, yet we couldn’t part with these beautiful maps! They reminded us of our childhood road trips and later travels throughout Europe.
This month, we turned our junk into art and created these recycled cork board maps. We thought it would be an amazing project for a kids’ room to re-create the entire US using a road atlas. We didn’t get that far, but here is the beginning. —
The full project instructions continue after the jump . . .
- old maps or a Rand McNally road atlas
- spray mount
- X-Acto knife
- cork squares or cork roll (depending on the size of the project)
- painter’s tape, optional (for low-impact hanging)
- double-stick foam tape, optional (for low-impact hanging)
- pins and/or string to highlight important locations on the map
1. Cut out the state, city or country that you want to mount. You can freehand this, or print out and enlarge the outline of the state and trace it on to the back of the map.
2. Spay the back with spray mount and mount onto cork board. Our Michigan map was a bit too small for the cork squares, so we had to add a tiny piece of cork at the top of the state.
3. Begin cutting out the cork board to follow the outline of the map. Michigan, which has water on almost all sides, proved a bit harder than we had hoped. Something like Nevada might be easier!
4. Clean up the difficult peninsulas and islands with your X-Acto knife. If you find it easier and more precise, you could also use the knife to cut out the entire map.
5. To hang the map, we used our low-impact hanging method. Apply blue painter’s tape (which is easy to remove from most surfaces) to the back of the cork map as well as the wall on which you wish to hang the map.
6. On top of the blue painter’s tape attached to the wall, apply double-stick foam tape.
7. Attach the map to the double-stick tape on the wall. Voila! You will be able to remove or move the map at any time.
8. Using stick pins, embroidery thread or string, mark the places you love and have visited on your map.