Feb 03, 2011

How to: Make a Cork Board World Map

This ManMade guest post was written by K.Faith Morgan

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You can't beat an awesome piece of wall art that is sure to strike up lots of conversation, and allows you to preserve your memories. This cork map art like a real world Where I've Been for your analog wall. (Is that weird that a website is now the reference point for a project like this?!)

Materials and Tools  

  • adhesive-back cork roll, like this 
  • map pins 
  • 1 ½ yards quilter’s grid
  • spray adhesive
  • 2-x4' plywood handy panel
  • map template
  • masking tape 
  • staple gun and ¼-inch staples 
  • tacky glue 
  • masking paper 
  • white spray paint 
  • Craft knife
  • scissors 

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1. Print out the map template, and tape together the pages.

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2. Cut apart connected landmasses and groupings of islands. Tape them down to the cork. 

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3. Use an xacto knife to cut out the continents and islands. You can be as generic or specific as you want. (I chose to omit Antarctica. A: I don’t really want to go there. B: it allowed me to fit my map on a standard cut of plywood.)

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Tip: Print out an extra map template. Before you stick the islands down, you can tape them to the extra map to keep track of their location.

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4. Apply two coats of white spray to the plywood panel. Allow to dry.

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5. Turn over the wood panel. Line-up the grid line with the long edge of the panel. Staple that edge of fabric to the wood. Fold the fabric underneath the panel and cover it with masking paper.

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6. Apply spray adhesive to the painted side of the panel. 

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7. Unmask the fabric. Wrap the fabric around and smooth it onto the spray adhesive.

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8. Turn the panel over and staple the other three edges of fabric to the back. Trim off excess fabric.

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9. Turn the panel back over. Peel and stick the landmasses and islands to the panel. Once you are satisfied with your arrangement, reinforce the adhesive back on the cork with tacky glue. 

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10. Place books on top of the landmasses until they dry.  

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11. Use map pins to mark the places you’ve been, lived and want to go.

Sources: vector map  



created at: 01/31/2011

K. Faith Morgan is a designer, stylist, online editor, and producer. "I am a southern girl, but design is my football.  As a design school graduate and the child of two artists, I can’t follow X’s on a football field, but John Singer Sargent’s portrait of Madame X makes my heart skip a beat. I believe great design can change lives and life is too short for beige."http://www.kfaithmorgan.com/



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Chris on Jan 09, 2014:

Hey Aaron - Post any questions you have here and perhaps the community can help. Excited to see the results!

Aaron on Jan 07, 2014:

Can you come to iowa and help us? This is reaaaally hard

johnpozycjo on Jul 05, 2013:

I think that you have right.

Genevieve on Jan 14, 2013:

Awesome! I included a photo and link in a post I just wrote. Thanks for the inspiration!


Felix on Aug 29, 2012:

Does anyone know how to modify the template so i can double the size? Or how to divide a file into pages like that I could take a map and divide it in double the amount of pages. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


C on Aug 16, 2012:

Sorry, this is really a dumb question, but can this project be done without using the masking paper on the fabric?

Bogi on Apr 26, 2012:

Could someone send me that pdf map please, because it doesn't open me, too?

Here is my mail: [email protected]

Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012:

The link to map template doesn't open

Cut the Cord on Sep 08, 2011:

At first, I thought this said HOW TO MAKE A CORKBOARD MAN, I thought, well now that's something I've got to see!

Anonymous on Jun 01, 2011:

I love this - my husband and I are thinking 'adventure' theme for our baby's room - this is perfect!

thoughtcrimes on May 27, 2011:

Yes, that link works! thanks!

Chris on May 27, 2011:

The map template link works for me.

Can you see it here?

thoughtcrimes on May 27, 2011:

link to map pdf does not appear to work. Love this project idea!

KazC on May 08, 2011:

Love it!  I may try this out for my husband's man cave/office.  (visiting from centsational girl)

Kati on Mar 01, 2011:


Can you post the link for the map template again, or any other one which could work for this. Thanks!

homepodge on Feb 04, 2011:

This is so awesome... but it could be made doubly awesome if you covered the plywood with cork first, then attached the quilter's grid and cork map. That way you could stick things anywhere on the board.

priscilla on Feb 03, 2011: