So excited for Cami from “Tidbits” to be back today, sharing this incredibly simple Map Art that functions as a white board too. What college kid wouldn’t love taking this to college with them?!! However, I’m thinking it would be just as cute to change up the wording a bit and place it in a kid’s room. Or play room. So darling Cami!
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It’s Cami from Tidbits, here to share another super simple project with you.
First, I must tell you about this babysitter we use. Her name is Kendra. She is fabulous. She is adorable. She is outgoing. She is one of those people that everyone loves to be around. Just ask my kids. I feel totally confident and relaxed when my sweet children are in her care. It makes going on a date with the hubs that much better.
Fortunately for her - and totally un-fortunate for us – she is moving away to college at the end of summer. I haven’t figured out yet who we are going to call when we need an escape. But nonetheless, I wanted to send her off with something special, so she can always remember how special she is to us.
The wood only being at the top and bottom of the map, make it so easy to roll up and pack away. What student has room in their little cars to lug around big fancy art anyway?
- Laminated Map of any desired size. (This is the one I bought on Amazon for $3.99).
- You can buy pre-laminated maps, but I chose to buy a cheap poster map and have it laminated at a copy shop. Here is why – I wanted the whole map to be exposed without the wood covering it. But the wood needed something in between to hold it in place. I had it laminated and did not trim the laminate on the top and bottom of the map. This extra laminate will go in between the boards. However, you do need to trim the laminate close to the ends on the sides of the map. See picture below:
- 4 boards the length of your map.
- We found craft sticks at Home Depot (who knew!). My map measured 36 inches across, and the boards were 36 x 3 inches and 1/4 inch in depth. I imagine you could find something similar at a craft store. (At Home Depot they were by the wood moldings and decorative trims.)
- 36 Flat Phillip screws.
- We needed 2 packages of 18 count screws. Depending on the depth of your wood, buy screws long enough to pierce through both boards when stacked together, but not too long that they will go through the front.
- Phillip Screw Driver or Electric Drill
- Wood Glue
- Tape (any kind really)
- Wood clamps (optional, but helpful)
- 30 inches of Rope/Ribbon/Twine
- I used Hemp Twine.
If you are going to be stenciling, distressing and/or “white-washing” the wood, there are many options for that. I chose quick and simple. If you would like to do the same you will need:
- Pack of Alphabet Stickers
- I needed 2 packs in order to have enough letters that I needed.
- Walnut wood stain
- White craft paint
- Paint brush