I’ve been obsessed with globes and maps since I was a kid (anyone else steal the maps out of their mom’s National Geographic Magazines? No? Just oddball me?) and this map is amazing!I always see maps at the general merchandise stores and they look good for a second but then I realize just how mass produced they feel. I want something original so this project is perfect!

 What you need:
-A pallet
-A hammer
-A pry bar (to separate the pallet boards)
-A saw
-Tracing paper
-A free online map outline of the world
-A carpenter pencil
-A sharpie (color of your choice)
-Indoor latex paint of your choosing (I went with thicker so I only had to paint only one coat)
-One thick paint brush
-One thin paint brush for edges

How to do it:
-Pull apart pallet boards using hammer and pry bar (note: an older pallet is easier to separate)
-Line up boards in configuration of your choosing
-Saw to desired size
-Nail together using additional boards on the back side (I used 3 – one in the middle, two on the edges)
-Print off world map (for 3 X 4′ project, print at 500%). I used this one.
-Using a pencil, trace onto tracing paper taped together
-Color the back side of the tracing paper outline with a carpenter pencil
-Retrace the front of the paper with pencil, pushing hard so that it will bleed onto the boards (I found that lighter boards showed the trace marks more easily)
-Follow the pencil trace lines on the actual pallet boards using black permanent marker
-Using paint of your choosing, color in all the continents, leaving the marker boarder
-Make any needed touch-ups

via themerrythought