With the weather warm 2 weeks ago, I was able to get a couple of projects out of the way. One that I was really excited about was a Christmas present we’d bought for the boys, but hadn’t been able to finish until it was warm enough for me to use spray adhesive in the garage.
The boys have wanted a map for the wall for a long time, and I scoured the internet for what I wanted last fall and couldn’t find it. Shortly before Christmas I came up with this budget-friendly solution:
$5 folded Rand McNally US Map (I bought it at Borders)
2 pieces of white foam core from Hobby Lobby – about $8-10 total, I think.
1 can of spray adhesive ~$5 with tons left for other projects
1 box of map pins
Magically, the map and the foam core measured the same in one direction. Can you believe the luck? So all I had to do was put the two pieces of foam core right next to each other and then spray the dickens out of it with the adhesive. Then, I had to carefully line up the map with a the foam core; I HIGHLY suggest that you have a partner for this project if you do this…it would have been so much easier. Let it dry overnight, and then (poorly, if you’re me) cut along the edge to trim off the extra foam core.
We simply nailed this to the wall with white nails, and we’ve stuck map pins in to all of the places we’ve been! Matt and I are using green pins for the places we’ve been as a couple (places we’ve been individually don’t count on this map of togetherness), and any other color indicates a place we’ve been as a family. Frankly, there aren’t that many pins in the map…we are not well-traveled people, and the great thing is that it doesn’t really bother either of us. Yes, we’re excited to see more of the US with the boys over the next many years, but big travel just isn’t a huge priority for us and how we spend our money.
This summer, though, we are taking a fun trip, and our travel plans have all been set in the past couple of weeks. I’m so excited to take my boys to the mountains! We’re going to Colorado!
And, if you haven’t guessed, we’re driving there. So help me God.