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.