I’m obsessed with maps. I guess the standing reason is that they represent adventures and travel. Also…. metaphorically, finding your way. There’s just a certain charm in maps. And I’m dying to find a vintage-y world map and make a reclaimed wood sign out of that….. it will happen.
Gather your materials.
- One block of wood about an inch thick. maybe 4×4 wide and tall
- One atlas page. any state you choose. you might prefer one with some meaning.. ie. homestate, vacation place, honeymoon state… ect.
- 4 cardstock letters. 2 Gs and 2 Os
- Mod Podge
- Hot glue gun and glue stick
- paint brush
Now it’s time to get started.
- Trace the block of wood onto the map OR. measure it.
- Cut out a square piece of map the SAME SIZE as the wood.
- Brush modpodge onto the wood and apply map. smooth it out with your fist. rub. rub. rub.
- Cut out 4 strips of wood the same width and length as the top, sides, and bottom of the block. MAKE THEM JUST A HAIR LARGER. MEANING ENOUGH BIGGER THAT THEY CAN FOLD OVER THE FRONT OF THE SIGN A LITTLE BIT.
- Mod podge 3 pieces onto the top & sides. Align the strip evenly with the back and then fold what’s left over the front of the sign (ontop of the map covered front) Brush Mod Podge on top of all the mapped spaces and smooth out with your fist (to get rid of wrinkles)
- Lay sign on it’s back and do the same thing to the bottom with the last strip of map paper.
- Mod podge the front of 1 G and 1 O. Quickly apply glitter to the letters. Let dry.
- Hot glue these 2 letters to the center of the sign.
- Hot glue two more letters (with out glitter) to the top of those two letters. (CREATING A THICKER “GO”) you can now see glitter but it’s sort of playing peek-a-boo and isn’t very bold. Sprinkle a little bit of glitter around the word. Add more mod podge to do this if needed.
- Let dry thoroughly.
p.s. Sorry for poor photo quality… the lighting in this room is super rough for taking pictures.