I used an old sheet of plywood and added a wood frame around the edge. I made this up as I went along which is why the framed part turned out the way it did.
I used spray adhesive on the plywood and on the back of the map. I smoothed it down really nice and then decided to add another boarder of wood on top of the map to keep it in place.
I had never done such a huge and very heavy wall hanging before. (it took two people to hang it so we wouldn’t ding the walls up) I was very disappointed with how it turned out. You can’t see very well (the photo below), but after I brought the map inside to hang up, I ran into trouble. The paper had bubbles…small ones and a few big ones. And over all the map really looked terrible.
At this point I decided to go ahead and hang it and pretend that there were no visible bubbles. I wasn’t just going to throw the map away…and I did use a whole sheet of plywood for this…so I just hung it up and left it. The bubbles really bothered me though. I felt like it was a complete DIY FAIL.
Now just the other week I happened to glance up at the map while I was working and I was stunned. There were no visible bubbles any more and it all looked completely smooth. Yes, I got up out of my chair and went over to feel the whole map to make sure I was seeing things right.
I asked different ones who came into my office if they noticed that the map was all smooth…and yes, others noticed it as well.
I guess it all just took time to settle and dry properly. So now I have a bubble free map in my office…and I absolutely LOVE it!
I would love to make another one to sell sometime, but it might end up being a little too pricey.
So far I’m not adding this to my online shop, but if I think of a feasible way to do it…I just might.
Check back in a day or two to find out who won my giveaway (a large wooden star) at the Craft Show last Saturday.