Keeping it Simple: Framed Map

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Framed Map

I bought this map awhile ago and I just LOVED the colors of it and knew that I wanted to do something with it.  My young family has had to move quite a bit in the past few years. So I wanted to do something fun to show the places that we have lived together as a family. So this is what I came up with.
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This is how I made it:
For the frame of the map, I used some wood and cut the sides at 45 degree angles.
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 The map was 18x24, so I cut the inside of the wood to be 17” on the sides and 23” on the top and bottom.  That way the frame would cover a little bit of the map.  I used them great tutorial for some guidance. 
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Here it is all together on the map.
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I put the sides together and glued them with wood glue.  Then I used staples (lots of them!) to secure it.  Since I don’t live by a hardware store I used what I had, but I would definitely buy some L brackets to make it more secure. 
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I flipped the frame over and there was a little gap, so I used some wood filler.  Once it dried I sanded it down.
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I painted the whole thing white and then distressed with with brown paint and sand paper. 
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I taped the map to the back of it and then put it onto the wall.  I added some vinyl stars to show where we have lived. 
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For the names of the cities, I just cut some wood that was 6” wide and then 2 feet wide.  I sanded them and painted them some fun colors. 
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I cut and added some white vinyl to the wood.  I thought it would be fun to add the longitude and latitude of the cities. 
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And here is the close up.
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And here is how I looks on my wall.  It’s big and loud and I love it.  framed map (1)

I would love it if you followed along.


  1. Very cute Kaysi!! I love this idea!! Do you by any chance have a picture of each house/apartment you've lived in? That might make a really cool addition to the collage! If we hadn't lived in NKY all our time together (and only in 2 places!) I would totally do something like this!!

  2. What a great idea! I follow you via GFC. I host a weekly party that starts at 6:00pm every Tuesday called Fluster’s Creative Muster Party. I would love for you to stop by and share your talent and creativity.

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  3. Would love this, but only two places. Can you you believe Casper, Wyoming is one of them!! How funny.

  4. What a fun idea!! You make it look so easy to do.

  5. This is a wonderful post! Love it! I'd like to do something similar for births of all of us!

  6. I swear I have seen you post this before... but I have a map with pins in it of all the places I have been :)

  7. I love the color scheme on this project, what a fun and interesting wall hanging. I might have to save this one till we have lived a few more places

  8. Love this idea! I pinned it for my "To Make" list. I lived in Garden City when I was in high school. That's crazy (I don't miss the smell!) =)
    -Kate i heart eating

  9. Awesome! I love that you made your own frame. So cool. My hero! Great idea!

  10. Love this! :) I'm featuring YOU today over on my blog. Thanks for linking up to {wow me} wednesday. :)


  11. I absolutely love this! I am a huge fan of maps for wall art and I love how you took an inexpensive print and made it into a nice piece of art!


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