C.R.A.F.T. #78: Interactive Travel Map

I call this the interactive, travel, pin up map!
This map creates a fun, cute way to track your travels across the wonderful USA!
travel craft
 All you need is a cork board from Good Will ($2.99), pencil, sharpie, ribbon, pins, stapler, and a Dremel [the fun, hand held power tool that cuts through e v e r y t h i n g!] Oh yea…you can’t be a perfectionist because you would drive yourself mad trying to outline the states!

travel craft

First, draw the outline of the United States on your cork board. I attempted to print out a template…but in the end, I traced the outside edge, and filled it in by hand. I recently found THIS template at Design Sponge…There are actually 6 templates that you tape together…I think it would be very helpful :) p.s. erasing is not good.. .see south Texas. Use the sharpie to make a dark outline…
travel craft

Use your handy dandy Dremel to cut the outline out.

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travel craft
Now, draw in your states, make your little pins [I used the Silhouette to cut out the flag shape], staple the ribbon to the back of the cork board, and hang :)
travel craft
Start tracking your travels and pinning them up :)

Comments

  1. What a wonderful idea! Neato!

  2. This is awesome! I really like it.

    BTW, a bit of advice for perfectionists – reverse the map and do it on the backside of the cork for the large piece. Then, get yourself some old-fashioned carbon paper and do the states on the front.

  3. What a great idea! This is great for simply learning as well!

  4. Very cute idea! My sister is a travel-holic. Seems like this would make a great present for her.

  5. LOVE it!! What did you do with the cut out frame???

  6. Isn't that just the cutest?!?! Have been wanting to do something similiar for a while now. Would love for you to stop by and share it at the Tuesday To Do Party!

    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/05/tuesday-to-do-8-and-7-list-makers.html

    smiles!
    Jami

  7. best thing i've seen all day! and even the leftovers…i could see you doing something with the outline, too!

  8. Jamie!! This is soooo great! I love it – we love to travel and this would be so perfect to mark the places we've been and the places we want to go!

  9. I love the way this came out! I wish I traveled more, my map would look a bit bare >< lol

    xoxo Maria

  10. What a fun idea. I wish I needed one to put lots of pins in of all the places I've been. I guess mine would be filled with all the places I WANT to go!

  11. So cute! Before I was married, my roomie and I had world map that we would guests write their name and flag where they'd been. Wonder if I could do this with the whole world….

  12. I'd love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays! It's up all week!
    http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2011/05/inspire-me-monday.html

  13. Terrific idea with the corkboard!I've been trying to think of a fun way to track my Etsy shop and where I ship to:)

  14. Cute idea! I've been wanting to do something similar to this with my girls. :) ~Crystal

  15. I LOVE THIS!!! So fun for a playroom. :)

  16. I want one of these-brillant

  17. Cute project! Reason number 3298304982 why I need a dremel! Haha

  18. This idea is brilliant!! :) Absolutely brilliant!!

  19. Love this! My husband and I have a fifty states bucket list and this would be so fun to keep track of all the places we have been together. Thanks so much for sharing. Allie
    next2nothingcrafts.blogspot.com

  20. This is awesome! We are redoing our kiddos playroom and I really want to add something like this to it! I love that the cork board came from Goodwill too…so thrifty!

  21. I absolutely love this! My husband and I have been thinking about a world map to map our travels! The corkboard is just fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

    craftingismytherapy.blogspot.com

  22. I love maps of all kinds and I think this is fabulous.

    visiting from Be Different…Act Normal

  23. LOVE this. I have to have one of these. :)

  24. Just wanted you to know how much I love this project- and featured you this week on A Law Student's Journey!
    http://threeyearsofdeath.blogspot.com/
    Thanks!
    Kitty

  25. What a cool idea! I'm loving it!!! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Wow, this is amazing!!! I love it!

    I would love to have you share this at my For the Kids link party! Stop by and join in on the fun!

    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/05/for-kids-friday-9.html

  27. LOVE this! I think my hubby needs that Dremel for Fathers Day;)

  28. This turned out so great! Thanks for sharing it at For the Kids Friday at Sun Scholars! You have been featured this week! Stop by and grab an A++ button for your page, and link up again for another week of fun!

    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/05/for-kids-friday-11.html

  29. What a fantastic idea. Great reminder of all the fun places you've been to.

  30. Love this! No cutting machine though :( Any chance you would make one — sell and ship?

  31. Such a great idea to teach geography! Just pinned it. :-)

  32. This is fantastic!!! What kind of bit did you use for the Dremel?

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