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DIY: World Map Mount

Two years ago, while I was in Kentucky for the holiday season, my family went antique shopping and I actually bought something. There’s this amazing antique store in downtown Louisville called Joe Ley’s; we tend to go there and spend a couple hours walking around every year. Of course, I always see a million different things I wish I could buy…the furniture, sets of china, depression glass, paintings, records, old hardware and doors–it’s all filled with so much history.

On that particular trip, I started sifting around in a room on the second floor. There was a large storage unit filled with all sorts of old papers, including music, newspapers, magazines, and maps. Immediately I was drawn to the maps. I’d been looking for a world map for quite some time, actually, and here I found one. This is simply an old National Geographic map, but I was excited to see that it wasn’t ripped and it didn’t have an holes. I walked from Joe Ley’s that day a very happy girl with at least 15 different maps.


So for two years, these maps have been sitting in a drawer in my desk. Finally, I reached a point where I was tired of them being tucked away! I’m about to start the process of renovating my apartment a little bit, some new paint, revamping decor, and other small things like that (that’s all I can afford right now). A trip to Michaels gave me the idea to mount the world map and hang it on some empty wall space in my apartment; a nice addition for my new decor ideas.

  • Yard of canvas style cloth
  • Spray adhesive
  • Wooden dowel
  • Newspaper or a tarp to protect the floor
  • Scissors
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Thread and needle
  • Hot glue gun
  • Inexpensive curtain rod, the length of the map
  • Twine



Step One: Cut the Cloth

First, I spread the cloth out on the floor and cut it according to the size of the map. I left about an 8-inch border around the entire map to make sure I had enough material to work with.


Step Two: Pocket #1

Next, I laid the wooden dowel at the bottom of the cloth. The idea was to create a pocket around the dowel with the cloth and create a weight at the bottom of the map so it would hang down; avoiding it either curling up from the bottom or flopping around as people walk by it.

I used a basic Spray Adhesive for this step, as well as to attach the map later.


I folded the cloth up over the dowel to see about where it would lay. Then, I put a folded newspaper under the edge of the cloth to protect the floor and sprayed the adhesive all over the cloth and the dowel. Before it dried, I quickly folded the cloth back up over the dowel and pressed it firmly down.


Step Three: Adhere the Map

Next, I took the map, section by section, and adhered it to the cloth. I did the very bottom section first, then folded it down from the top and did each section until the whole thing was done.

The reason I did it section by section is to make sure the cloth stayed as flat as possible. You don’t want creases in the cloth or it won’t hang straight and might not adhere!


Step Four: Top Pocket and Border

Just like I folded the cloth up at the bottom, over the dowel, I folded down the top of the cloth to create a pocket for the curtain rod.

I wanted to add a little extra security to the top and bottom of the cloth “pockets” so I pulled out the burlap ribbon and the hot glue! I hot glued the ribbon over the edge of the pockets.


Step Five: Hem the Edges

Next, I wanted to hem the left and right edges of the cloth, so I thought “why not do something that also looks cool?” I pulled out a needle and some dark brown thread and hand stitched up the left and right sides. (Excuse the hot glue residue on the floor…)


Step Six: Hanging the Map!

The last step was simply hanging it! For a valentine’s day project I had bought a thing of plain twine, so I broke that out again. I slipped the curtain rod through the top pocket, then measured out how much twine I would need. There was not particular reason to double over the twine, I just liked it.

After it was measured out, I tied the twine to the ends of the curtain rod and put a little hot glue on each knot, to make sure it didn’t slide or bunch up.


Done! Lastly, I grabbed the hammer and a nail and got it up on the wall!


I absolutely love to travel; it’s something my parents instilled in me and my sister. Every time I get outside or travel to a new place, I am reminded of how insignificant I am compared to the rest of the world and the One who created it.

Seeing this map up on the wall is a reminder of that and it spurs me to keep an adventurous spirit and never lose sight of the bigger picture.


“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him and the son of man that you care for him?”

-Psalms 8:3-4


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