Wooden World Map for a Travel Themed Nursery

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About 3 years ago, I got a stack of wooden ovals that I knew had so much potential just waiting to be unleashed. The ovals are sink cut-outs from a job that my dad worked on so they are nice thick 3/4″ plywood. Brad and Keven threaten to burn these ovals each summer in the firepit but so far I have managed to keep them around.

I’ve talked quite a bit about how the colors of our nursery are grey and white; however, I haven’t talked much about the fact that it also has a travel theme. Brad and I love to travel and I also really like maps and skylines so it was the perfect theme for our nursery.

DIY Wooden World Map for a Travel Themed Nursery

To create the ocean I used Minwax Express Stain in Indigo. In just a few minutes the oval was stained a nice deep blue. Simply use a paper towel to rub the stain into the wood and then remove the excess. Make sure to put some sort of drop cloth down so that you don’t stain the ground like I did.

Staining wooden oval with Minwax stain For the world map, I purchased a world outline shape and cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo using Gold Metallic Vinyl. The ovals are about 17″ by 20″ so it was easy to size the world outline to fit. When cutting a design this large I recommend using the Silhouette Roll Feeder.

The map fits perfectly into the room. For now, it is sitting on top of the dresser but I have some artwork coming to hang above the dresser so I’ll be moving it to a different wall in the room.

Wooden World map for a travel themed nursery I absolutely love how this wooden map project turned out. I can’t wait to see how it fits into the final room. I still have about 30-40 of these ovals, what do you think I should do with them?


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    Oh my gosh that’s such a cute idea! My oldest had an ocean theme when he was little, one of those ovals would have made the perfect backdrop for a fish bowl or ocean scene. Love when you can repurpose random things into fabulous pieces!

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    This is so CUTE! I always have these big ideas to DIY all the things, but then it never happens.. I can live vicariously through you! haha

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    That turned out super cute! You could use something like this in an office too. I bet you could even sell some of them on Etsy! :)

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      Ruthie says

      Great idea! I agree you could sell these in Etsy or other craft venue. You could take the world map and make a clock out of it as well.

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    Brilliant, I love how you have fought to save these ovals form the fire too! I’m not sure you are going to need 30 of them unless you are going into business making these though!
    You could make more signs though, they’d make great gifts, you could do little hearts on the map for where people live or where they met for a wedding gift perhaps.
    I don’t think you should rest until everyone you know has at least one oval wooden sign in their home!

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    Not only is this cute, but it’s given me a whole bunch of ideas! Super clever! Thanks from all of us at Throwback Thursday for linking up to us this week! We can’t wait to see what you’ll bring next week. :)


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