When I saw this corkboard map on Anthropologie's website I fell in love! It's so cute and simple, and I knew I had to make it! I've always been a huge fan of black, white, and gray and thought it would be fun to do a whole grayscale version! I love how graphic looking it came out, and it really was pretty easy, it just takes some time and a steady hand.
Thin Cork (I got this roll from Hobby Lobby) // X-acto knife // Cutting mat, or other cutting surface // Pen or marker // Black, white, and grey craft paint (optional)
It's easiest to mark out all your cut lines on the back of the cork, especially if you decide not to paint yours. I started by finding a plain outline map of the world on google, and just flipping it horizontal (so it's the mirror image). I copied it onto the back side of my cork with a pen. It was great doing the drawing on the back of the cork, because I could mess up and just draw right over it without pen marks bleeding through the paint.
If you're going to be using it more as a decoration (like me) then don't feel like you have to get it line-for-line perfect. I found it a lot easier to cut out the islands and penisulas when they were a little thicker, so I gave myself a little leeway there!
Once you're happy with your backwards outline, just go over it gently with an x-acto knife. If you push too hard the cork ends up more jagged, so I just went over it gently a few times and it came out really nice and clean.
If you got your cork in a roll, it may want to curl up on the sides, especially now that it's in smaller pieces, so you can weigh it down with some heavy books and give it a day to flatten out.
Now you can choose to keep it plain old cork, just like the Anthropologie version, or you can do grayscale, or it would even look great in a fun color. It's totally up to you. You can give the whole world polka dots, or stripes, if you want!I just used some painters tape to keep mine up, but if you want to keep yours up more permanantly I'd use Command strips, or something more heavy duty.
This is one of those great little DIYs that almost anyone can do. You don't have to be good at drawing at all, and you can customize it however you like. You just have to be a little patient, especially if you're doing a bigger one like I did!
This DIY is part of my INSPIRED BY // ANTHROPOLOGIE series I'll be doing all week - read about it here!