To make it, complete these simple steps:
Purchase a map of the United States.
Purchase foam board. You may have to get more than one piece to make it as large as the map, and piece it together
Purchase short ball map pins.
Print your pictures. Don’t forget that they might need to be different sizes to fill/fit into the state. Measure the states before you print!
To add meaning to your map, match the pictures to the state. You want the pictures to stand out. SoI if you been to almost every state it would be very full. Use your discretion.
Cut the pictures in the shape of the states. If you are artistic, just go for it. If you’re not copy the shape from the map to some paper or clear plastic and then use a cut-out version of the paper/plastic as a tracing piece on your picture.
Using hot glue, create globs of glue onto the back of the pictures. While it is still hot, press the ball of the pin into it. Remember to place pins in different spots on your picture. The fewer the easier to put into the map, but the more strategically placed the better your picture will lay on the map.
Cut the foam board to the exact size of the map. If need be, tape or glue multiple pieces together. You can use duct tape because it’s strong but won’t show through the map paper.
Attach the map to the board. Use whatever glue you are comfortable with. Spray adhesive is super strong but gives you little room to re-adjust. If you decide to use a lesser strong glue, the pins will help to hold it down as well.
Place your pictures onto the board, pressing the pins gently (and evenly) into the map/board piece. Don’t press all the way down though, so that the picture “jumps” off the map!
Viola! You now have a perfectly personalized map that shares your story. Perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, home decor or just because! Use the left over pins to mark the other states you have visited.
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