For my first ever participation in the great Pinterest Challenge from Young House Love and Bower Power with guests Ten June and Centsational Girl, I decided to tackle a project I have been wanting to do for a while…creating a World Map art piece for our living room. What better time than now, while we are in the midst of our living room makeover! And here we are with a glimpse at the finished product:
Alex and I love traveling and have great pictures and memories from our trips; from backpacking Europe to weekend trips in California. A few weeks ago we went to Yosemite National Park for a few days and hiked the Panorama Trail. It was so awesome! We like to utilize our travels in our home decor, like this Ticket Stub Album Cover, so what a better way than a world map surrounded by pictures from our travels. Going through my pinboards on Pinterest, I was able to draw inspiration from others as to how I wanted my map to look.
Here is my “Pinspiration” from my home decor pinboard….
1. How amazing is this 6 panel canvas world map from ModernCanvas on Etsy. I love the simplicity of just using green and white. Sells for $185.
2. Also from ModernCanvas, I liked the idea of going horizontal on 3 canvas panels and adding in multiple bright colors. Currently selling for $200.
3. LOVE the rustic feel of this one from Picture Sensations. Framed Huge 3 Panel Modern Canvas Art World Map Giclee Canvas Print currently selling for $99 on Amazon.
4. And finally, a DIY option! This one is from the blog of Christy Wright.
5. World Map Accent wall!! I just love the idea of wallpapering a room with a world map, maybe for a playroom someday?!? From Maps International and selling at £325.00.
So, how was it made? Here is my World Map Canvas Tutorial
After seeing the price tag on most of those beautiful options, I opted to try and make a great DIY World Map art piece for our living room. I gathered my materials including 3- 12″ x 24″ canvas art boards, one 24″ x 36″ world map, assorted paint, spray adhesive, Mod Podge, scissors and a yard stick.
Next I took my 3 art canvasses and black fabric paint. Using a paint brush, paint the edges of each canvas. You can probably use basic acrylic paint if you have that laying around, but I opted to grab some fabric paint to make sure it went on smooth and thin and would dry well on fabric.
I made sure to overlap onto the front of the canvas by about 1/2 an inch. This way if my map poster was slightly smaller than the canvas I will not see a white line/gap of the blank canvas. Allow paint to dry (recommended 4 hours on the bottle).
While the paint was drying on my canvas, I prepared the map. Using my yardstick (perfect size since my map was 24″ x 36″) to measure 3 segments of 12″ x 24″ to fit my 3 canvas panels.
To make sure my cuts were straight, I was used my yard stick and drew a light pencil line to cut along. Make sure to use good, sharp scissors to ensure a clean cut.
After checking my measurements twice, time to cut!
There we are; three even map pieces!
Next up, I grabbed my spray adhesive and gave each panel a quick coat to make them tacky. This way I could position each map onto the canvas.
To make a nice antiqued look to our map art, I used black and metallic paint and dry brushed the edges of each canvas before coating them in mod podge. It gives an aged almost burned look to the edges which I really love.
As the Mod Podge was drying I kept working the edges of the map to make sure it laid down and adhered. My map came out with a few ripples in it, but Alex was nice enough to say it adds to the vintage feel
So, with the maps for purchase running anywhere from $99-$200, here is my breakdown on cost:
- 3 – 12×24″ Artist Canvas @ $6.49 (1/2 off at Joann’s) = $19.47 (or you can buy them on Amazon by clicking here: Winsor & Newton Stretched Cotton Art Canvas 12 inch x 24 inch Pack of 3
- World Map Poster $5.29 after tax & shipping ( I got mine from Amazon, click here to purchase it: World Map (Vintage Style) Art Poster Print – 24×36 Poster Print, 36×24 Collections Poster Print, 36×24)
- Black Fabric Paint $1.79 per 1 oz bottle (I used Tulip Soft Fabric Paint 1oz Velveteen Black (3 Pack))
- DecoArt Metallic Elegant Finish Paint in Worn Penny $1.99
- Mod Podge Matte Finish (I already had some, but if you need to you can buy it at any craft store or here: Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish)
- Spray glue (I like using Elmer’s Craftbond 4-Ounce Adhesives Spray Glue, and already had some on hand)
- Grand Total = $28.54
Not a bad savings and a fun little project to complete for this Pinterest Challenge Here is one last look at how my map turned out with other photos around it:
Click here to see our finished living room with this great art piece on display. It looks so good being the vintage shade of yellow along with our new grey and yellow living room décor!