Hi friends! If you follow me on Instagram and watch my IG stories, then you would have seen a whole tour of our homeschool room. It’s one of my favorite rooms in our house. I’m excited to have finally hung up our world map on the wall using a DIY magnetic frame. Here’s how I did it:
First, measure and mark where you want the magnets to be on the board. Mine are about 6 inches apart. Next, using a drill/driver fitted with a 1-inch forstner bit, bore a hole where you made your marks. Go slowly and go back and forth, fitting the magnet into place until it’s flush with the surface of the wood. Take care not to bore the hole too deep. You don’t want the magnets to sit too far into the wood, otherwise the magnetic pull will be drastically reduced. You want the magnets to still be able to work, without sticking out that the boards don’t come together neatly. Hope that made sense…
After you bore the hole, squeeze a small amount of glue and drop the magnet in. Allow it to dry completely. Repeat this process with the other boards. Also, be sure that you’re placing the magnets in so that you don’t have opposing forces with the other side.
Because our world map is so large, it was a two person job to hang it up. First, I hung the top board up like so:
Then my husband held the map in place while I snapped the other board into place, sandwiching the map in between. We did the same thing for the bottom boards as well, but because the magnetic boards were too heavy to hang on their own, I used my cordless brad nailer and shot a few brad nails through the boards to attach it to the wall to help support the weight.
Please excuse the wrinkles in the map in the photo below… this is what happens when you leave the map on the floor to flatten out and you have a 3- and 5-year-old in the house. No matter how many times I told the tiny humans NOT TO TOUCH THE MAP OR I WILL DESTROY YOU, these wrinkles mysteriously appeared. Hmph.
Take it from me: don’t unroll your map until the last humanly possible moment or you get THIS:
Do you spy that DIY wall cubby shelf? Find the building plans and tutorial here.
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