Travel Map Bulletin Board (A Tutorial)

(Note: if you don’t have a Silhouette machine you can use state stickers or find someone who cuts vinyl on Etsy and see if they can cut a map for you!)

I recently made this map for Boo to keep track of her travels with!  I started with a 99 cent bulletin board from the thrift store and hot pink spray paint:


First, I sprayed a base layer of hot pink:



Next, I had my Silhouette machine cut out a map of the United States out of adhesive shelf paper (the template for the map was 99 cents from the Silhouette store….completely worth it). I peeled and stuck each state into place leaving a tiny gap in between. I also cut out the wording “Sienna’s Travels”:

(read more after the jump)

After the map was in place I used white spray paint to cover the entire bulletin board:


When the paint was completely dry, I carefully peeled off each state leaving the pink image behind (basically a reverse stencil):


The finished map!


For pins I took regular sewing pins and labels:


I cut a small strip of a label and folded it around each pin making it a small flag and then wrote the city name on it:


Each pin represents a place that Boo has visited. The little house represents where we live:



She’s slowly learning geography and so am I (which is why I left the name of the states off):



Visit my tutorial on Trip Treasures to see how to store memories too!



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  1. 1

    Really, really cute! I keep finding more reasons why I need a Silhouette machine and this is one of them.

  2. 2
    Candace says:

    Those silhouette machines are amazing! This is the cutest idea. Love it!

  3. 3
    Ashley Clark says:

    I love this idea!! I need a silhouette, too, I guess. I’m trying to figure out how I could make this without a silhouette…

    • 4
      Amy says:

      I was trying to think of the same thing! I may just have to find a cool map that I can adhere to the bulletin board and go from there. In the meantime I think I’ll make a silhouette fund jar.

  4. 5
    Barbara says:

    This is a great idea! I would have loved one of these when I was younger. Of course, I’d still love it now (:

  5. 6
    Jen says:

    That’s really cute! I might make one for my preschool class, something for them to look at and sticks pins into when they go on vacations kind of like a show and tell!

  6. 7
    Bev says:

    I love this idea! So cute and a great way to keep memories fresh.

  7. 8
    Angie G says:

    What a great idea!!!

  8. 9
    Kate says:

    Hi Ashley, cute tutorial! Such a nice idea. I was gobsmacked when you mentioned ‘silhouette machine’. Never ever heard of one. So behind the times!!! What a cool gadget!

  9. 10

    What a cute idea! I should make on, we visited 23 states this summer :)

  10. 11

    I want to make one too! Recently I was thinking whats the best way to teach my daughter Geography, and Malaysia should be easier, coz smaller than US obviously…

    Brilliant Tute Ashley!

  11. 12
    erin says:

    I love it! I need another geography lesson myself. THis would be perfect for my little one to learn her states. We’ve moved quite a bit the past couple years w/ the navy, and I’d love for her to actually visualize all the states & houses she remembers. :-)

  12. 13
    Jenny Ronimous says:

    Love this idea!!! We have also moved a lot these past few years and have family throughout the country. Another example of why I having been wishing for a Silhouette just because of all the neat ideas you come up with. That said, would you be willing to sell the completed stencils for others to use?

  13. 14
    Sara says:

    I love this idea! Too cute … I sooo need to do something like this!

  14. 15
    Brittany says:

    I am so going to buy that template right now and get everything to make it. It will be good for my kids to learn and for us to mark our travels. I cant wait to make one!

  15. 16
    Alexandra says:

    What an awesome idea – You are so creative! Can’t wait to make this for my little Francesca.

  16. 17
    Maria says:

    I would love to make this!!! But I don’t have a silhouette machine : ( Are you willing to sell and ship the sticker template for the map?

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  18. 19
    Paige says:

    THIS IS THE COOLEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN! You just blew my mind. Whew. Just found your blog, you are awesome.


  19. 20
    Chrytsyna Johnson says:

    I missed this one when you posted it. What a great idea!!

  20. 21

    So darling! Pinning it to my “travel” ASAP! :)

  21. 22
    Amanda says:

    You and Boo should visit the Midwest! We could show you around Missouri and Oklahoma, then jump over to the inlaws in Atlanta. :)


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