You saw this cork board world map in our new office room the other day, right?
Wonder how the whole map story started? From this $1.28 map that I found on Amazon! Yup, you read that right $1.28! With shipping it ended up costing a whopping $5.27! The map is up to date with the current nations yet has a vintage feel.
- Map – $5.27 – Amazon, including shipping*
- Cork tiles – $9.98 – Walmart, 2 packs of 4 cork tiles $4.99 each (similar)
- Spray Adhesive – $3.89 – Micheals, after 40% off coupon (similar)
- Sewing pins – $2.49 – Micheals
- Screws -$3 – Home Depot
- Total -$24.64
Once I had the map in hand (wanted to make sure that it was indeed what I was looking for) I headed off to Walmart and bought 2 packs of cork boards. Each pack contains 4 12 x 12 squares. The map is 36 x 24. So I needed 6 squares, hence the 2 packs. I have two extra squares, may be they will end up as another project.
- Lay your cork tiles on a flat surface. Duct tape all the joint edges.
- I later went over it with duct tape from corner to corner in a giant X but forgot to take the pic.
- Now you’ve got to unroll your map. Lay it on a flat surface and place your cork board over it. By the way I had tried to work with the colored map (on the side) that we already had but it was way too big and colorful for the office room.
- Weigh down the cork board with whatever you can find, in my case kids’ board games (this is the sneak peek pic that you saw here).
- Definitely leave it overnight or else the map would have a tendency to roll back up. Mine stayed like this for a week till I got around to it.
- By this time we had decided that we wanted to screw the map to the wall with bolt like screws to give it an industrial look.
- I spray painted the screws with ORB spray paint left over from this frame redo project (forgot to take the pics).
- We marked an X on the map with an X-acto knife on all the 4 corners for the screw and poked a screw through those all the way through the cork board. That’s B helping me.
- Use a permanent adhesive like Krylon’s Spray Adhesive. On a side note, I had tried using the Martha Stewart re-positionable stencil adhesive that I had left over from my stencil marathon. No idea what I was thinking other than may be saving a few bucks! Really bad choice. Not only did it not work it also it made the back of the map a bit grainy and way too sticky. So don’t try to skimp on this step, use the real thing.
- Spray the adhesive on the cork board and slowly place the map over it one section at a time.You need two people to do this. Start from one end and work your way in sections. Smooth out the air bubbles with an old credit card.
- While it dried (takes 3-4 hrs) we made the flag pins from old school folders that the kids brought back home during the last week of school, sewing pins, X-acto knife, and hot glue. 🙂 We went from this
- to this;
- Measure where you screws need to go in and drill holes. The screws that we used, I don’t know what they are called, they looked like bolts which you would tighten to the base with your hands/pliers.
- The kids’ had an awesome time pinning the places where we (mostly B) have been to.
Ain’t that a fun project?
A shot of it in the room;
Another close up;
Have you ventured into cork board land? I’m kind of getting obsessed. Here is how I revamped a thrift store cork board find.