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diy project: halligan’s american travel map

by Halligan

Summer time really gets my travel bug a-jumpin!

I am guilty myself, but so many of us long to travel abroad yet don’t take advantage of our very own American continent! This July, my husband Adam and I are hitting the road for a sweet heart’s road trip to explore some of the USA’s beautiful Southern states.

We both have big travel dreams. To help us keep up with the places we have been and the places we want to go I created this American travel map that doubles as a piece of interactive artwork for the home. Happy traveling and crafting! – Halligan

CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump!


bandsaw (optional)

Xacto knife and blades



wood glue

drill and drill bit

computer printer and paper

paint brush


18″ x 24″ piece of thin plywood

22″ piece of 1″ x 2″ wood strip

2 eyehooks and picture hanging wire

20″ x 16″ piece of 1/4″ cork

ball headed pins

water slide paper (optional) – http://www.decalpaper.com/category-s/8.htm



1.  Cut out a 24″x18″ rectangle of thin plywood.  If you don’t have a saw you can ask the nice folks over a Lowes to help you out.  I rounded out my corners on the bandsaw for an extra aesthetic detail.

2.  Paint your board desired color.  I went with a traditional blue.

3.  Print out map templates.

Download templates here:

Template 1

Template 2

Template 3

Template 4

Template 5

Template 6

4.  Trim up map pages, tape together, and cut out paper America and circles.

5.  Tape paper America and circles to cork. Using an exacto blade in a sawing motion cut out cork America and circles.

6.  Glue down cork pieces using wood glue.

7.  Print and cut out compass and mod podge onto the bottom left hand side of your board.  I used a water slide image transfer paper, which creates a translucent image.   You can find transfer paper here: http://www.decalpaper.com/category-s/8.htm

Download the image here:



1.  Cut one 18″ piece and two, 2″ pieces of 1″ x 2” wood.  If you don’t have a saw, you can ask the nice folks over at Lowes to help you where they cut moulding.

2.  Drill holes in the 18″ piece about 1 1/4″ from the end and screw in eyehooks.

3.  Glue all three pieces to the back of the map, and lace picture hanging wire through two eyehooks.


1.  Print and cut out paper flags and fold in half.  Insert pins into crease and glue shut.

Download images here:


2.  Think about where you’ve been and where you want to go and mark your destinations.

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