Making a Push Pin Travel Map

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August 11, 2018

Push Pin Travel Map For Less - full view of the map boardPush pin travel maps are quite expensive, ranging from $30-$100s or more depending on the style/quality.

You can make your own for less than $10! This makes a great, thoughtful, and inexpensive gift for someone who enjoys traveling, or for yourself/family. I made this gift awhile ago and you can see the map in use.


Total Time: 15 minutes


  • foam poster board
  • glue
  • scissors
  • ball point push pins
  • strips of paper
  • tape
  • map


  1. Measure your map on a poster board 2 times, and cut out 2 pieces. This is so when you use your ball point push pins it'll stay in place.
  2. Glue 2 poster board pieces together.
  3. Push Pin Travel Map For Less - glue 2 pieces of foam poster board together
  4. Glue map onto the poster board. I bought the map from Paper Source, the version I bought is no longer available, but here is the next best: only $5.95!
  5. Push Pin Travel Map For Less - glue the map to the poster board
  6. You can either use ball point push pins to mark where you've been and leave it as that. Or, write/type onto Microsoft and print out dates and cut out. Fold printed dates over and secure the inside with a little tape or glue leaving enough room to poke the push pin in.
  7. Push Pin Travel Map For Less - ball head push pins with paper labels taped on
    Push Pin Travel Map For Less -closeup of several pins

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