Pallet Board World Map

Pallet World Map | The Merrythought
We’re happy to have my younger sister, Lyndsay, back here on The Merrythought with another guest post. This time with a fun DIY to spruce up your home or office wall space. I love this project – I’ve been obsessed with globes and maps since I was a kid (anyone else steal the maps out of their mom’s National Geographic Magazines? No? Just oddball me?) and this map is amazing!  Lyndsay will share how you can make your own…

It’s not uncommon for me to feel inspired by something I see on Pinterest and think “I can make that!” Since we have a pretty small apartment (and just moved into an even smaller apartment), I usually feel like there would be no space for said idea, and therefore lose my motivation/desire to be creative. However, I recently changed offices and had more wall space for decorating, so my creative juices started flowing. Based off of this Pinterest idea, I snagged a free pallet and let the creativity loose.
DIY Pallet Board World Map  |  The Merrythought
What you need:
-A pallet
-A hammer
-A pry bar (to separate the pallet boards)
-A saw
-Tracing paper
-A free online map outline of the world
-A carpenter pencil
-A sharpie (color of your choice)
-Indoor latex paint of your choosing (I went with thicker so I only had to paint only one coat)
-One thick paint brush
-One thin paint brush for edges
Pallet World Map How To
Pallet World Map How To
How to do it:
-Pull apart pallet boards using hammer and pry bar (note: an older pallet is easier to separate)
-Line up boards in configuration of your choosing
-Saw to desired size
-Nail together using additional boards on the back side (I used 3 – one in the middle, two on the edges)
-Print off world map (for 3 X 4′ project, print at 500%). I used this one.
-Using a pencil, trace onto tracing paper taped together
-Color the back side of the tracing paper outline with a carpenter pencil
-Retrace the front of the paper with pencil, pushing hard so that it will bleed onto the boards (I found that lighter boards showed the trace marks more easily)
-Follow the pencil trace lines on the actual pallet boards using black permanent marker
-Using paint of your choosing, color in all the continents, leaving the marker boarder
-Make any needed touch-ups

[My favorite color is yellow and my office does not get much sunshine, so I decided it would be the perfect color to brighten up the walls. The color was called Honey Pot.]

Thanks to my wonderful hubby Andy and my friend Rebecca for the help with this project!
Pallet World Map | The Merrythought
Thanks for sharing this great project with us Lyndsay! You can catch up on Lyndsay’s life at Grimm Tales.

Have a lovely weekend!  Manda

  • KristenFriday, September 13, 2013 - 9:58 am

    Looks awesome!!! Great job Lynz!ReplyCancel

  • dariaFriday, September 13, 2013 - 10:07 am

    fab idea! it looks wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • bkcsquaredFriday, September 13, 2013 - 2:04 pm

    This is beautiful!!! I’ve already shared this link with all of my greatest friends so I can show off my new art project that I’ll start working on as soon as possible!!

    Thank you for the idea and directions!! This will go perfectly in my room!

    xo, B

  • DanaFriday, September 13, 2013 - 5:25 pm

    I would just like to announce that it’s my birthday this coming Wednesday, September 18 and if you are willing to do a giveaway I would LOVE this! 🙂 Just sayin’ 😉ReplyCancel

  • colleenpastoorFriday, September 13, 2013 - 9:08 pm

    This looks great! I made a cork board map very similar to this last year for my dad for Christmas but used a different technique to get the map outline. It’s not easy work painting all those little islands- she did an amazing job. I love the texture of the pallets!ReplyCancel

    • ShannonTuesday, February 23, 2016 - 3:56 pm

      What method did you use for the map? This one is too complex for me.ReplyCancel

  • astrica1Monday, September 16, 2013 - 10:42 am

    This looks amazing! I might really try it as I have few more walls to decorate in my apartment and this looks very doable! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • blytheponytailparadesMonday, September 16, 2013 - 4:31 pm

    This is so so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • LoraMonday, September 16, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    I want to buy one of these!! 😉 Looks a little beyond my abilities, but I LOVE it.ReplyCancel

  • N.A.Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 12:05 am

    Cute! Where did you get the pallet?ReplyCancel

    • Lyndsay GrimmThursday, September 19, 2013 - 2:48 pm

      I got this one off the side of the road, but Craigslist can be a great place to snag one! They are often listed in the free section.ReplyCancel

  • Alana WhitenerTuesday, February 25, 2014 - 1:23 am

    How did you print it so large? Do I need to take it to kinkos?ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, February 25, 2014 - 3:03 pm

      Hi Alana – you probably could take it to Kinkos if you wanted. I believe Lyndsay just printed it off on a bunch of different sheets of paper from her home printer (she sized the map that she linked to in the post at 500% so it would print large enough to cover her boards), then taped her pages together to form the giant map. She’s currently on vacation out of the country, so when she gets back I’ll verify that it is how she did it.ReplyCancel

  • Theresa VuSunday, July 6, 2014 - 4:55 pm

    Did the pallet already come with discolored pieces, or did you stain some of them to get various colors?ReplyCancel

    • MandaSunday, July 6, 2014 - 9:42 pm

      Hi Theresa – the pallet came with the boards like that – no stain was used. If you like that look and can’t find discolored pallets, using a few different colored stains would work! ReplyCancel

  • JulieSaturday, August 16, 2014 - 3:53 pm

    How did you mount it to the wall?ReplyCancel

    • MandaSunday, September 7, 2014 - 4:42 pm

      Hi Julie – sorry for the delay in responding, I was trying to track down the kind of hooks they used…they used sawtooth hangers, one on each side of the pallet. They said it was quick & easy to hang this way and it’s held up fine. Hope this helps!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline FishSunday, November 30, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    HI, C an you tell me the size of your pallet map? I understand the directions. I just need to know what size you went with. If I know your size, I can then downsize if wanted. Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • LyndsayTuesday, December 2, 2014 - 1:11 am

      Hi Jacqueline – the map is 27″ high by 39″ long. No cutting was done…that’s simply the size of the pallet I found.ReplyCancel

  • CdschmidtkeSaturday, June 6, 2015 - 10:18 pm

    Is it possible to purchase this item?ReplyCancel

  • SHEILA MCCAHEYMonday, August 3, 2015 - 9:09 pm

    Don’t look like yellow walls?ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, August 3, 2015 - 9:48 pm

      The walls are not yellow – the color of the painted map is yellow!ReplyCancel

  • verobricoTuesday, November 24, 2015 - 2:45 am

    This is a great and beautiful idea ! Love itReplyCancel

  • francoMonday, February 29, 2016 - 4:45 pm

    Hello, you use paint for wood?ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, March 1, 2016 - 9:25 am

      Hi – the boards are not painted, only the map is painted. You could stain or paint the boards before doing the map if you wanted. (The boards came in various colors on the pallet she found)ReplyCancel

  • AmayaladyTuesday, March 29, 2016 - 8:36 am

    This DIY is so lovely, I’m going to share your post on my blog 😉ReplyCancel

  • MarleySunday, July 24, 2016 - 11:33 pm

    Hi love this project I’ve already started making it. My pallet boards aren’t as nice as yours. Just wondeing if I stained them would the paint still stick to the boards? Someone told me that it wouldn’t is their a special type of paint you have to use or is latex fine?ReplyCancel

    • MandaThursday, July 28, 2016 - 11:13 am

      Hi – the easiest way to paint stained wood is typically to sand & prime it first, which I know would be a little difficult to do for the map, but as long as you make sure the stain is dry before doing any painting, you should be able to paint the map over the stained boards using regular paint. It might take more than one coat and longer drying time between coats too, it would probably be best to use primer sealer as your first coat for the map, then use regular paint for the top coat. ReplyCancel

  • kajaFriday, October 21, 2016 - 4:24 pm

    how come the pallets are so shiny? what did you used on them?ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathMonday, October 24, 2016 - 11:36 am

      I think it must just be the lighting! These are just unfinished pallet boards that we used. You can use a polyurethane finish if you want a glossy look for yours! 🙂ReplyCancel

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