Wanderlust Wednesday: Map DIY

13 Jun

The Riggar’s are a traveling household. We both studied abroad in college and love the thrill of experiencing new cultures, sites, sounds, foods, etc. It only seemed fitting to document our travels, so when I discovered this map I knew I found my solution. I’ve always kept keepsakes from travels; while updating this map, I found a ticket from Space Mountain in Walt Disney World from 2003. Oh, the memories! For now, we love our map showcased bright & center in our living room because it’s a great conversation piece. Someday, maybe it’ll move to our office or a second living room (when that day comes), but we definitely plan on having it around for a while.








– Duct tape or other sturdy tape

-Black yarn/twine  (available at any sewing or craft store)

-Red pins (available at any sewing or craft store)



1. Stick one red pin on a city and poke through map. Attach foam to pin on backside of map to secure the pin.

2. Decide where you will place your travel paraphernalia for that particular city and estimate string length.

3. Cut string. Tie around pin. Tape other end of string to backside of your item with any type of tape (I used blue painters). Attach duct tape to backside of item and tape item to the map. *Painters tape is not strong enough to hold the items in place on the map.

It took some pre-planning to organize where each item would be placed depending on city & location of item, especially in denser areas of where we have traveled (i.e. US & Europe).  In order to keep our map organized, we decided to pin only a few of our favorite US cities rather than every city we have traveled to in the US.

This scratch-off map is an easier solution and would be great for someone who doesn’t want paraphernalia from a decade ago cluttering their wall (makes sense, right?).

Do you like to decorate with maps? Or maybe globes?

Carpe Diem,

6 Responses to “Wanderlust Wednesday: Map DIY”

  1. Caro June 14, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Hah! Love the Metrocard that you saved from NYC! :)

    And the map idea is great! I collect patches from each country I visit and, at my old apartment, had a map on the wall with the patches stuck up for each country. At our new apartment, we don’t have a place for it, but it’s stored safely away to unpack when we move to a bigger place. But I love how you have an eclectic group of tokens! So personal and sweet.

  2. taylorah June 15, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    So obsessed!!

  3. tiarenie September 28, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Love this map! I actually just bought a sticker map (its transparent and only has the continents in white) to go on my blue wall in our bedroom. This is a great idea for how to spruce it up a bit! Thanks :)

    • mandyriggar September 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

      That sounds awesome- love the idea of a transparent sticker! :)


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