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DIY World Map Art on Wood

There is something timeless about world map art, don’t you think? From the first decades until now, seeing world map art doesn’t get old. I’ve always wanted a really neat piece of art work with a globe or world map. I decided to create my own rather than buy one new because, well, I love to DIY of course. But even if I didn’t like to DIY, as long as you have a great world map stencil, anyone can do this.  No joke, my kids could do this! Let me share with you how I created my own DIY world map art with just a few materials.

World Map Art on Wood

Before I dive into creating a project, I make sure I know where I’m going with it first. In other words, I always have a piece of inspiration to help guide me! Let me share with you my “inspiration” for this project.

World Map art

You can find the print above HERE- full disclosure, it’s over $150!

Isn’t it pretty? I love the gold antique accents.

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First lets gather materials:

  • wood or canvas of your choice. I used a piece of natural maple plywood (1/4 by 2′ by 4′)I purchased at our hardware store and I had them cut it to save time.
world map art stencil

If you would rather not use a stencil, you can find a really cool decal that you can stick onto a wood or canvas board like the one I’ll share below.

  • Krylon sea glass and gold leaf spray paint

The sea glass spray paint is amazing! I love how it gives a soft greenish hue. The gold leaf spray paint is best too! In my opinion it’s the easiest way to add a little “gold leaf” without all the trouble of real gold leaf.

Like I said, I purchased this natural maple board at the local hardware store. I did have them cut it to the dimensions to fit my world map stencil.

How to create your own DIY world map art

DIY world map art
staining the wood for the world map art

The first thing I did was add the painters tape around the edges to create a “border.” 

DIY world map art

I used this stain to create a rustic finish around the wood. 

After I added the stain around the border of the world map art, I added a little white wash to the middle.

DIY world map art

Next I needed to tape around the white wash and the border so I could add a little gold accent.

DIY world map art
DIY world map art

At this point I wasn’t real happy with the way the gold spray paint blended with the outside border weathered oak stain. I decided it might be best to use a paint pen and outline the borders. 

DIY world map art

I used a ruler and slowly started outlining around the gold spray paint with a black paint pen. 

Here we are, with the outlined border, and I wasn’t happy with it.

Tell me I’m not the only one who starts a project with a fabulous vision of how it will turn out, only to realize the actual project isn’t anything that you envisioned or thought it would be.

Blah, back to the drawing board.

I almost didn’t share with y’all the “DIY fail border” above but then I thought, “this is part of the process.”

Honestly, about 40% of the time I start a project I have to “regroup” in the middle of it because I’m not happy with the direction it’s going. You can see an earlier post where I shared all about how I overcame a DIY fail and learned to fix it.

It’s all part of the creative DIY process right?  That’s what I tell myself at least.

Learning and creating sometimes means making mistakes, and I like to make LOTS of them! LOL.

DIY world map art with stencil

So where do I go from here? 

I decided to keep going with the stencil and come back to the border later.

spray painting stencil
spray painting stencil

This is what it looked like after I sprayed the sea glass spray paint. I knew I wanted to add a little gold accent to the world map to tie the border colors in. 

Like I said before, I LOVE this gold leaf spray paint. If you’ve ever used real gold leaf, you know it’s messy! This stuff doesn’t provide the texture that real gold leaf does, but it’s a very similar color and much easier to apply.

Ok it was time to revisit the DIY fail border. I decided to scratch the paint pen border and spray paint over the entire edge with the gold leaf spray paint.

I wanted my world map project to look like it all blended together.

I figured the best way to do this was to add the same color gold leaf on the border as I did on the actual world map painting.

Now I can say my DIY world map painting is about complete.

DIY world map art on wood
DIY World Map art on wood
DIY world map art on wood

I’m going to be honest, I’m not 100% pleased with it. But for now I will leave it alone until I’m inspired to re create my world map art.

DIY world map art on wood

If you enjoyed this post I would love for you to pin it to Pinterest below. 

What do you think? Should I do something different to it? Time will tell….


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Thursday 23rd of August 2018

Absolutely fabulous. I love the color , the gold accent, everything! Featuring when my party opens up tonight.

Richella J Parham

Thursday 23rd of August 2018

What a great job you've done here! I think it looks wonderful; I'm not bothered by the lack of a frame. I do think adding the grid lines is a cool idea, and perhaps also the compass rose; maybe there's a star stencil that would work for that? What a cool way to get a huge piece of art.

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