DIY: Cork Board Map

DIY: Cork Board Map


Today post is about a DIY Cork board Map, and how to do it… just realised how daft that sounds.. this is a DIY about how to do it yourself… duh. Anyho’s.

What you will need:

  • Map
  • Mod Podge
  • Cork sheet or a cork board if you can find one of the correct size. (I bought mine off eBay but I’m unable to find the exact one now)
  • Frame, you won’t be requiring the glass (I bought mine from The Range)
  • Pins


How to:

Depending on what map style and size you choose your cork and photo frame will vary, this is why I highly suggest you choose you map first so you can get the correct measurements. Once you have made you decision, and have everything you need the process is very simple.

  • If needs be, cut the map or cork slightly to get the correct fit (also if you buy a cork sheet you will likely need to weigh it down for a while as they arrive coiled up).
  • Mod podge the map to the cork board/sheet, as the cork board is absorbant you may require more mod podge then you’d originally assumed, get it good and tacky. This part was the most difficult for me, applying the map smoothly without any air bubbles proved difficult, so there are air bubbles visible on mine, however I quite like the way that looks.
  • If you want to leave the map looking shiny (depending again on what map design you have bought) you can leave it at this step, however further applying mod podge atop of the map gives it a slightly antique appearance.
  • In between coats let the glue dry, I applied around 3 coats, but again, personal preference, apply and see how you like the look.
  • Once it is all dried you can place it in the photo frame (minus the glass, obviously) and start pinning.

For now the only pins present are places I have traveled, but with time I will add a partners pins for where they have traveled, places we have traveled together and a pin for where our home is, all different colours. I think this is a really cute idea for the home pin…0ccbe3f2ce46a59dfa1718853fe700dc

As you can also see there is a string connecting all the pins across America as that was a road trip.

And that is it, very easy to do once you have sourced all the items.

If you haven’t yet managed to travel further afield, you could always use a large map of your own country instead of a world map.

If any of you do this please let me know, I’d love to see your versions.


This was the original photo on Pinterest that made me what to DIY my own corkboard map a few years ago, I wanted to link the original to give credit where credit is due but from what I can tell that site has closed, it was called ‘gimmesomeblog’, also that hanging light fixture *swoon*.


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  1. March 22, 2018 / 8:58 am

    Ooh this is such a great idea! I’ve always wanted on of those scratch maps, but where do you put your pins, that’s always my problem, just per country or big cities?! What about cute little villages you visit haha – I wouldn’t know what to include and what not because unless I have a huge map I don’t think I could fit all the little places on too! šŸ™‚ xo

    • Sarah
      March 24, 2018 / 1:41 am

      Lol, I thought that, what I do is pin anywhere I stay overnight, usually at least 2 nights. Day visits I don’t pin šŸ™‚ I suppose if you went to a specific country frequently and travelled round you could just have a mini map of only that country šŸ™‚ And thanks xx

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