Summer Travel Map – Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

DIY-Travel-Map-of-California-using-Smoothfoam-Sheets-JPriestHello! Today I’m sharing a idea for a DIY push pin travel map made with Smoothfoam sheets. Maps have been trending in home décor and I’ve seen cork maps and cork cutouts of maps in stores with pretty hefty price tags. I love the idea of customizing your décor to reflect your own life, not what a magazine or showroom tells you your home should look like. This summer travel map project is inspired by this trend, but also by my love for customization; you can make the map be about any part of the world where you’ve traveled!

I chose to make a map of my home state, California. We plan to move out of state in a few years, so we’ve been trying to visit all of the landmarks in California as much as possible. A fun way to remember your trips is to create a hanging display of them on the wall.


Using a Smoothfoam sheet as the base of this map makes it highly pinnable, not just to Pinterest, but you can also put pins in the Smoothfoam to mark the places you’ve visited. Add flags to the pins with the location name, date you visited, and names of the people you traveled with.

To create a custom DIY push pin travel map, gather the following supplies:

– 6″ x 12″ Smoothfoam Sheet
– Acrylic craft paints
– Paint brush
– Printed or diecut map of the area
– Pushpins

I used an electronic cutter to cut the outline of California from a piece of paper, creating a stencil that I used to paint the image of the state onto the sheet. If you don’t have an electronic cutter, print out a map from the internet, sizing it to fit on the 6″ x 12″ sheet. Cut out the map, trace onto the Smoothfoam, and then paint within the traced lines. Use pins to hold the map or stencil in place while painting or tracing. Click below for a slide show of each step.

Cut out little flags to adhere to pins to mark all of the places you visited. Place extra flag pins in an envelope on the back of the map to use as you visit more places. Attach your travel map to the wall with removable adhesive strips.

If I ever go to Europe, I am so making one of these again!

Thanks for stopping by the Smoothfoam blog today. For more crafty goodness, visit my blog at Just JP.


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