I’ve been seeing all these awesome World Map paintings everywhere, so I decided to attempt to do one myself. It’s very tedious, but it was well worth it.
Step 1: Print Map
There is a great website that lets you pick the number of 8X11 pages. I picked the world map with 4 pages. Here is the website: http://www.yourchildlearns.com/megamaps/print-world-maps.html
You will want to print two (2) copies. You will trace over one and then cut the other printed copy.
Step 2 :: Tape Down Paper
Position the map onto your board to where you like it.
Step 3 :: Trace Over the Paper
I used a seam ripper to trace over the map. The reason I do this is to make the positioning of the map on the board easier once you cut them out. This kept me from having to be careful on the positioning or lining everything up correctly.
Step 4 :: Stain Your Board
I stained my board in an ebony stain. You could also leave it with the light color if you want, but I wanted that rich color.
Step 5 :: Cut Out & Glue Down the Pictures
This is the hard step. It takes a while and I couldn’t convince any of the kids to help me out! I was really hoping to have some teamwork on this part. I never realized how many islands there are.
Step 6 :: Spray Paint Board
You can spray the board once the map is cutout and pasted down. I did three layers to finally get the stain covered up.
Step 7 :: Peel Off Paper
You think this would be a simple task, but the glue has to be cleaned off as well. Make sure you do this or you sandpaper will get all gooey.
Step 8 :: Sand Picture
Now that your world is popping out, start sanding. Keep the sander in different spots for a while to get that worn, used look.
Step 9 :: Mount Brackets and Hang
I bought these at Lowe’s in the nail aisle. I placed them 3 inches in on both sides and used picture hanging wire to hang it.
Here are the final shots. Still not loving my dark entry table, but the white helps to balance out all the darkness and brightens up that spot a little.
I thought about adding a key or something else in the US to symbolize home and give a 3D feeling. Not 100% sure yet, but it’s never too late.
Which angle do you like? Should I not add it or should I?