South Africa Shaped Pin Board

This time of the year it feels like everything is happening at a faster pace. Everyone seems to be in a rush to round off the year before the start of the summer holidays. So I am sure organising your office is the last thing on your mind. But an organised desk might just be what you need to help you regroup and focus on this final stretch of 2013. Janel and Renee from Interior Creators came up with this South Africa Shaped pin board for their office. Like the much loved virtual Pinterest boards, a physical pin board is the perfect place to pin inspiring quotes, pictures or reminders, and to declutter your life a little. This South Africa shaped pin board will also look great in a kids room, in fact it’s a great projects for older children to do over the long school holidays.

  • Printed map template (If you want to create a small map as wall art, then download and print the A3 sized map. To follow the tutorial you should download the four A3 parts that once combined make up an A1 sized sheet).
  • A sheet of cork that is 6mm thick (I used a 915mm by 610mm sized sheet, which is slightly larger than A1 size).
  • A craft knife/blade
  • cutting mat of chopping board
  • tape
  • marker pen
  • backing board or frame
  • double-sided tape

  • Step 1

    Lay out your map template as per the label on the sheet (top left/bottom right).

  • Step 2

    Cut along the dotted lines on two of the sheets, and then match them up with the dotted lines of the adjacent sheet. When the outline of the map is a continuous line, tape the map together along the joins.
  • Step 3

    Now it is time to place the map onto the cork backing, taping the paper to the cork. You can now begin to carefully cut along the outline of the map, through the paper and cork layer, with your craft knife. (If you prefer, you can cut out the map and trace the outline onto the cork with a marker and cut along that marking.)

  • Step 4

    After you remove the paper you may need to go back over the lines with your blade to cut the map out properly. Follow the entire outline till the map is free.
    Handy tip: Slice from a top and bottom point of the map outward to the edge of the cork sheet. This makes the sheet easier to work with.

  • Step 5

    You can now carefully trim off any split edges, or cut out more detail, till your map is complete.
  • Your map pin-board is now ready to be used! You can use it to organise notes or mark off your next holiday using colourful pins and cut outs.
    There are a few options for hanging your map. You could mount it to a piece of cardboard that is cut out slightly smaller and put that up on your wall, or you can glue it onto a framed backing board and hang it off a picture hook. We always try and find uses for the bits of cork left over. If you have a neat outer frame, you can mount that on top of a piece of Styrofoam that is covered in a pretty fabric, which makes up a larger pinning board. Happy pinning!