Wall Map Tutorial

Today I'm going to show you how to create this over sized wall map I created for the boys room.  I love the look of great big maps on the wall.  I thought about cutting out sections of the map and framing them, but this method was much more cost effective and gave me exactly the look I was going for.  This entire project only cost me about $26!

{Here are the materials you will need}

+ a large over sized map (make sure it is NOT laminated)

I used this one from Amazon.  Only $7!

+  four large pieces of canvas
(I got mine from Hobby Lobby.  They were 16 x 20 and came in packs of two for only $7)
  +  foam paint brush
 +  8 oz. tub of mod podge (I used the matte finish)

 I originally thought it would be easier to attach the map to the canvas with craft bond spray, but the Mod Podge worked better.  And I thought about giving it an antique look with the stain but decided that I liked it better with the map color on it's own.

Step 1:  Lay out the canvas mats onto the map covering the sections of the map that you would like to use.  I wanted the top and bottom sections of the map to match up as close as possible.  Lightly trace around the borders of the canvas with a pencil and cut out with a paper cutter for a straight finished edge.

Step 2:  Place the map upside down on a table right next to the canvas and apply a very thick coat of Mod Podge.  Quickly transfer the backside of the map covered in Mod Podge to the front of the canvas.  It is hard to move it once it has been placed, so be careful to match up all of the corners.  Take a ruler or flat object and slide it across the map to smooth out any bubbles.  Don't worry too much if some sections are lifted, as it dries the bubbles should go away.  Wait a few hours for Mod Podge to dry.

Step 3: Paint the Mod Podge over the front of the map in long straight strokes.  Make sure to get plenty of Mod Podge on the brush.  I only had to go over the map with one coat, but you can do more depending on the look you want.  Let dry completely before hanging.  The Mod Podge makes the color on the map even more vibrant.

And that's it!  Make sure to hang each section evenly, only a few inches apart, for a nice finished look.

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