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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About Ashley Hackshaw

Living a simple, creative life in #smalltownusa Bryson City, NC. Renovating a 1960s ranch house and an old train depot. Thank you for reading! Read more in my about section. 


  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    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

      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

    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

    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

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

  7. 8

    What a great idea!!!

  8. 9

    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

    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

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

  14. 15

    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

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

  16. 17

    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

    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

    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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