DIY Map Art

Good Morning!

Here is a project we did for our oldest son.


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.


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



Have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve!!!


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    • says

      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!

  1. says

    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!

  2. says

    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.

  3. Marcie says

    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!

    • BLISS AT HOME says

      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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