Several months before I got married I saw an idea for something called a “Newlywed Map,” and fell head over heels with the project. I quickly saved the idea and vowed to make it part of our home and our lives in the future. Since I’m clearly a procrastinator, it seems only fitting that I share this map with you after our anniversary.
This map is essentially a piece of interactive wall art that will grace our many homes in years to come. Traveling has always been a huge part of my life and I’m excited for our new nomadic lifestyle.
I love that we can track where we’ve been and will be able to share this idea with our kids when we have them. My husband and I traveled a lot before we got married, but we decided to start marking this map from when we got married. We’re also using three colors: white, for places we’ve been together; black, for places my husband has been (deployments/TDYs); and red, for places I’ve traveled. We’ll add a baby blue and/or baby pink pin when youngsters arrive.
Making the map was a cinch! My husband and I found an old-school map we loved from a cute boutique store in Savannah, Georgia, and bought a frame and the rest of the materials from Hobby Lobby (any craft store should have the materials).
Foam core board (not to be confused with cork board)
Step one: Trace around the map onto the foam core board (contrary to the photos, you should use a ruler to trace it so you can get a straight edge!) and cut the board with a razor (also contrary to the photos, use a razor blade and not scissors. Scissors will make jagged edges, and you want this to be straight! I did this twice and forgot to take pictures the second time…)
Step two: Spray half the foam core board (outside or inside with newspaper under the board) with adhesive spray.
Step three: Wait about 15 seconds to let the adhesive stick and quickly place half the map on the board, starting with the corner. Smooth it out as best you can. Repeat steps two and three with the other half of the map.
Step four: Place map in frame.
Step five: Mark the places you’ve been with map tacks!
Bon voyage 🙂