DIY Pinboard Map

D.I.Y Pinboard Map
We’ve all gone mad virtually pinning, well at least I have. But nothing beats the old school real-life pin boards. I recently hung one over my desk in my office and its great to just throw things up there and not worry about order or appearance. It somehow always looks right and keeps me on track organisation wise.
After seeing a scratch-it map in Urban Outfitters a few months ago I decided that I wanted a map to document where I had traveled to instead of the show-off Facebook one. At €27 it was extortionate, so I came up with my own pin board map, and its pretty darn cool if I do say so myself.
You’ll Need
  • A paper map (mines from Article)
  • Cardboard
  • Pritt-Stick (or any type of glue)
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Ruler
  • Tailoring pins
Firstly I had the idea to just get another pin-board and stick the map to that but I couldn’t find one the right size. I also came to the conclusion that if I got a pin-board I would have to go through the hassle of drilling the wall and hanging it. I found having a cardboard backing instead, which is necessary for the pins to grab hold of, was much easier in the long run because I just used bluetack to hang it.

Step by step
  1. I used two cardboard pieces stuck together to make up the size of the map. I found the cardboard from the support of two pictures and stuck it together using Sellotape but you can use anything that you find around the house like boxes, it all does the same job.
  2. When the cardboard was stuck together it was slightly bigger than the map so I cut it exactly to size.
  3. Using prittstick I stuck the map to the cardboard carefully avoiding bubbles. Start from one side, cover a section in glue, press it down and then glue up another section until finished. (*note* I preferred to use Prittstick because it’s a fairly dry glue so it wouldn’t bubble whereas if you use gloopy glue or wallpaper paste it might over saturate the map and it wont look as well. Prittstick is really cheap as well. I had a pink one at home which was handy because I could see where I had glued already).
  4. Let it dry and then stick it up on the wall with bluetack, see this is where the cardboard comes in handy!
  5. Get pinning! I used tailoring pins as I didn’t want big pins that would ruin the map and make it difficult to see where I’d pinned.
D.I.Y Pinboard Map
D.I.Y Pinboard Map


  1. November 25, 2012 / 5:44 pm

    That is such a nice idea!!!! I will try to make one of those for my sons room 🙂


  2. Anonymous
    April 30, 2013 / 6:51 pm

    Hi –

    Can you tell me where you purchased this map?


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