DIY Magnetic Map of the World

World Map Magnet Board 

Last summer we bought a map for about $7 at Costco. It’s pretty big, it’s poster-like but lightly laminated if that makes sense. Wipeable, I guess you could say. I didn’t want to…well….tape it onto the wall like I did with posters when I was 13 so I toyed with finding a frame for it, but it’s so big. Make a frame, maybe? Cork board? Bulletin board? Then I had the genius idea to use some of that magnetic paint to paint the wall and use magnets to put it up, except that a friend of mine had used that paint and said it took a million coats and even then, the wall still wasn’t that magnetic a surface. Not what I wanted.

I don’t even know where the idea came from but a stroke of genius and I was on the hunt for a large piece of sheet metal. I found what I was looking for, thanks to my husband’s connection with an electrical company: a thin piece of metal approx 5’ long x 4’ high.

I brought it home and spray-painted it but since I’d done it outside, leaves and such kept sticking to it and the paint wasn’t super even. I ended up bringing it inside, screwing it to the studs in the wall, framing around it with painter’s tape and then using a roller to paint it brown.

We have these magnetic push pins to put up pictures, missionary prayer cards and such.

I love that we have a big visual on the wall, a reminder to pray for our missionaries, an easy place to reference for a general idea of where a story took place and an extra spot to put up artwork (this picture was taken in February when we put it up…it’s a little more full now).

I’m really happy with how this map space turned out and how this little learnning corner is taking shape. More about that in a coming post.


  1. What a neat idea!! I have been wanting to hang a world map on our wall in the “school room” (in quotes, because we do school at the dining room table 99% of the time)

    We have a list of “our” missionaries and this would help to make it more visual for the children. I’m going to have to think on this and see what I can come up with.

  2. We do school mostly at the kitchen table too…with reading on the couch. We do have the little corner {pictured above} in the downstairs rec/TV/play room.
    I like being all together at the table – at least right now in this season of life anyway! 🙂

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