DIY Map Art

Good Morning!

Here is a project we did for our oldest son.

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He is my little George Bailey. He dreams about seeing the world and loves history. He loves to build and design things. Any free time he gets he is drawing up blueprints for his next project and asking me to help him get materials. A future architect?  He is also 9 years old and shares a bedroom with his 3-year-old brother. We have gotten to the point where we needed to transition his part of their room into a young man’s room. What better way than with some map art.

For this project I used:

Urban Walls world map wall decal in gray

a board from Lowe’s for $7– I just had them cut it to the size I wanted

6 wall screws

This is such an easy project. You just place your wall decal on the board and start transferring it over. If you have never used a wall decal before it is really easy. You just need to make sure that it is centered and level. I had my husband help me place it since it was quite large. A good tip: GO SLOW. Once you peel away the paper back and are ready to place the sticky side down start at one corner. Before you press down make sure there are not any folds or bubbles. I took extra time using the side of a credit card to rub the transfer on–especially around the detailed parts.

P1100227_zps19cf2abc You could do this directly on the wall, but I wanted the unfinished wood look.  I originally was going to try my hand at painting this, but I was lucky enough to win a gift certificate to Urban Walls on Sarah’s blog Lacquer & Linen. It was such great timing too, because I was just about to run to the store and buy the paint.

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I am super excited about how much time this saved me! Now my dreamer has something that is more “him” in his shared room.

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Have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve!!!

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43 Comments on DIY Map Art

  1. greenlightlady
    December 31, 2012 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

    Great idea! I love the wood touch you added. Happy New Year! Your little “George” sounds like a wonderful young man. I love that movie!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    • thriftykristy
      December 31, 2012 at 10:20 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Wendy! He is truly a treasure and blessing in our lives :) Happy New Year! xo Kristin

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  2. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    December 31, 2012 at 10:52 am (2 years ago)

    This is so awesome. I found you through Rhoda and am having so much fun looking around. I LOVE your navy living room. Happy New Year!

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    • thriftykristy
      December 31, 2012 at 11:26 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much,Courtney! I just love your blog :) Happy New Year! xo Kristin

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  3. Tiina
    December 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this project! How fun. I also adore your sweet boys bedding. The plaid blanket looks so cozy!

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    • thriftykristy
      December 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Tiina! The blanket is an old vintage Faribo stadium blanket. I have an addiction to buying stadium blankets when I see them at flea markets and antique stores. Happy New Year!

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  4. Jayne
    January 1, 2013 at 7:00 am (2 years ago)

    That is a really beautiful project, maybe for my husbands office or behind my sofa on the giant wall, very cool :)

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    • thriftykristy
      January 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Jayne :) That would be really cool in an office ;) xo Kristin

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  5. Sarah {Lacquer & Linen}
    January 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I LOVE what you did with the decal Kristin!!! The wood was such a good call, it provides contrast and makes the whole installation look more rustic! I bet your son just loves it! Fantastic Job!

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    • thriftykristy
      January 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Sarah! I was so happy to win it!! He loves it! xo Kristin

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  6. RedCandy
    January 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm (2 years ago)

    i cannot begin to tell you how much i LOVE this!! it looks brilliant. This is my fav post of yours….what a great idea!

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    • thriftykristy
      January 1, 2013 at 7:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh, thanks so much! Happy New Year! xo Kristin

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  7. Jorie
    January 2, 2013 at 10:54 am (2 years ago)

    This looks fantastic, Kristin. Like something out of a catalog. I definitely prefer it on the wood and not on the walls — it looks really put together, simple, and chic. Nice job!

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    • thriftykristy
      January 2, 2013 at 4:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Jorie! I like to make it a little rustic for the boys room. xo Kristin

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  8. now at home mom
    January 2, 2013 at 12:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks great, it’s perfect in his bedroom :-) good work :-)

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    • thriftykristy
      January 5, 2013 at 4:33 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi, Melissa! Very cool, I’ll have to check yours out :) xo Kristin

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  9. Gretchen@Boxy Colonial
    January 10, 2013 at 9:02 pm (2 years ago)

    That looks great! I love it when simple projects turn out so well :)

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    • thriftykristy
      January 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Gretchen! That’s my favorite kind of project! xo Kristin

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    • thriftykristy
      January 11, 2013 at 9:01 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, for the invite Lauren. I will be happy to link up to your party :) xo Kristin

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    • thriftykristy
      January 11, 2013 at 11:07 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Taryn! My son loves it so much! It was also one of the easiest things I’ve ever made :) Happy Weekend! xo Kristin

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  10. LUCY
    January 12, 2013 at 9:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Just too cool…! Thank you so much for sharing with us…xo

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    • thriftykristy
      January 13, 2013 at 10:43 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Lucy! Great party! xo Kristin

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  11. Danielle
    January 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm (2 years ago)

    Kristin, lovely and fun project. Our oldest sound so similar. Dreamers, drawers. I love wood texture with the decal of the world. It looks great in his room. Thanks for sharing it at my Silver Pennies Sunday link party.

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    • thriftykristy
      January 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Danielle! Wow, how cool that our boys are so much alike :) Happy First Link Party! xo Kristin

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  12. Dawn @ Inspired Living
    January 17, 2013 at 11:38 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m loving this map…but I think I’m loving the random combo of bedding and textiles even more! So great…..

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      January 18, 2013 at 6:48 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you for saying that, Dawn! I like bedding to not look like a store bought set, but something layered with different pieces that all work together. xo Kristin

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  13. Aynsley
    January 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm (2 years ago)

    What are the dimensions on the wood piece you used?

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      January 19, 2013 at 9:07 am (2 years ago)

      Hi, Aynsley :) 25 x 60 inches xo Kristin

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  14. Rachel
    April 18, 2013 at 7:59 am (1 year ago)

    I did a similar project for my sons room last July. I love the way it turned out. Great job.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      April 18, 2013 at 11:07 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Rachel :) xo Kristin

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  15. Marcie
    February 10, 2014 at 10:20 am (5 months ago)

    Just found you through Pinterest and so excited to have found you although I am about a year late. Do you happen to know the name of the paint color you have on the walls? It is perfect for a boys room!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      February 10, 2014 at 1:11 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks so much Marcie :) I’m afraid I haven’t any idea. It is actually the paint color that was on the walls when we bought the house. Sorry! That’s not much help. Hope you find a color you like. Thanks for reading xo Kristin

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