We are currently in the third state/country of our kid’s lives. My daughter is in her fifth house and my son in his sixth. They’ve had more travels than a lot of kids their age, so I thought it would be fun to make one of the cork board maps I kept seeing on Pinterest. This way we could pin the different places we’ve lived, visited, and where family lives.
I couldn’t find a cork board at any thrift shop, so I took to looking at buying a new one. Those babies are expensive! I ended up buying a 4 pack of 12 x 12 cork board pieces at Staples for like $12.99. Then I started to actually think about how I was going to do this. I’m not the best drawer, so I started searching for a template for the outline of the U.S. I found one here. I printed the template out, taped all the pieces together (it’s in 6 different pieces). I then cut the template out, positioned it on 2 of the cork board pieces, and traced it in pencil. When I posted a picture on Instagram, every one commented that my Michigan was missing it’s mitten. That’s how the template was and I honestly didn’t think about it. Be advised when you trace it, it’s an easy fix. After I traced it and was happy with it, I went over the outline in a black, Sharpie like marker.
I honestly let it sit for a few weeks at that point. I couldn’t quite figure out how to do the states. A lot of the tutorials I saw didn’t have states on their maps, but I thought it would be easier for the kids if we did have them. Finally, I just free handed them in pencil. I started with Florida, worked my may along the border west, then the border up to Canada, and then worked back east. It’s not perfect by any means, some states are too skinny while others are too fat, but I’m impressed with myself. I erased a few times and made corrections, but once I was happy, I went over all the lines in marker again.
I still had 2 more pieces of cork board, so I decided to do a map of Okinawa too. I found a relatively simple map (similar to this one), printed it and cut it out. I traced the main island onto the cork board in pencil, then eyeballed the smaller islands as to where they go and traced them as well. Once I was happy, I went over them all in marker. Okinawa was a lot easier since there isn’t states.
After that, they just need to be hung! The cork board I bought came with double sided sticky things to hang them, so that’s what I used. I may go back and staple a ribbon on them to hang them up, but I don’t know how well that will work for the U.S. map since it’s 2 pieces of board. I bought flagged pins to mark the places we’ve lived, visited, and future places we want to visit.
Sorry for the horrible pictures. I didn’t really take pictures as I went, so you get what was posted on Instagram.