This is a tutorial to make a cool map magnetic board and fun travel-themed pins for those with wanderlust.
I love maps! Stick a map on something and all of a sudden it becomes much more attractive and hipper. For example my brilliant vintage map suitcase.
If you use the right map you can also add meaning to an object by personalizing it with maps of your favourite places. I did this with my personalized map chairs.
When he finishes school in the summer my son wants to go interrailing around Europe. With a map magnetic board in his room, he can plan his trip whilst daydreaming. He can also save up for the trip with the map mason jar bank I also made him.
To add a bit more fun to the board I made some travel themed magnetic pins to compliment it. These were made using old airline travel tags.
This map magnetic board would look great in any home office, or teenagers bedroom. It would be a great gift for people like my son with wanderlust!
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What You Need To Make a Map Magnetic Board and Travel Pins
- Magnetic notice board. My board was a simple steel board you can also by these cheaply in IKEA.
- Europe Map – You can download the same map from my collection of free vintage maps for crafts. Or Cavallini sells this same map as gift wrap paper.
- Mod Podge & sealer
- Rolling pin & Scissors
For the Magnetic pins
How to Make a Map Notice Board and Magnetic Pins
1.. First, to ensure that my map would stick to the board I keyed it, by covering the front of the board in dilute Mod Podge (50/50) and leaving to dry.
2. Next, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge glue to the board and to the wrong side of the map print out.
Then, carefully lay the map over the top of the board.
Top Tip: To help eliminate air bubbles, I used both a ruler and a rolling pin to gently squeeze them out.
3. The map wrapping paper was wrapped around the sides of the board and the excess trimmed away.
To protect the map, apply a coat of Mod Podge glue or varnish to the top of the map.
How to Make the Magnetic Travel Themed Pins
Keeping with the travel theme of this map magnetic notice board, I made some special magnetic pins to match. I used a mixture of my own travel-themed hand-drawn images (download them here) and some vintage airline tags.
1.. Print the images you want to use on to the shrink plastic using an inkjet printer. You may want to resize the images to suit you, just keep in mind that the images with shrink to about a 1/3 of their size.
2. Cut out the travel pictures from the shrink plastic and place on a non-stick baking tray.
3. Next, shrink your images according to the instructions that come with your shrink plastic. I did mine in a 150c oven.
Top Tip: Don’t get alarmed as the plastic shrinks it will curl but then uncurl.
4. Finally, once the picture has shrunk and cooled, just stick a self-adhesive magnet on the back to create a magnetic pin.
These magnetic pins are a cute addition to the magnetic pinboard and can make it even more personalized. Especially if you use luggage tags of special destinations.
If you prefer a traditional pinboard over a magnetic board then check out this DIY personalized map cork board.
If you want more free travel luggage images I have some with my travel-themed upcycled vintage suitcase side table.
Since making this map pinboard for my son I’ve gone a bit overboard with the travel theme and have made him a DIY world map desk. I’ve even hacked his IKEA Rismon lamp with a map. And he has a DIY IKEA map clock on his wall.
Not to mentioned the personalized map pillows I had printed for him.