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DIY travel map tutorial

Personalized travel map

I’m excited to finally share this project with you. I made this DIY travel map as a Mother’s Day gift for my mom, so I had to wait to give it to her first before showing it off. My mom spent 20 years in the Navy before becoming a dedicated History teacher who takes her students around the world each summer, so I really wanted to memorialize all the places she has lived and visited. This project is really easy and can be customized for any person or family.

I made the print in MS PowerPoint. First I found a clip art of a world map I liked. It was originally orange and I was trying to match my mom’s color scheme of grey and red. To change the color of an image right click on it >Format Picture> Picture> Recolor. I used two different fonts. Batang comes standard with MS Office and I Love What You Do is available for free from Font Space. I added the hearts by going to Insert> Shapes> Basic shapes and drawing the heart to size. To change the heart color right click on heart>Format Shape> and Change Fill and Line Color.

DIY travel map

Here’s a close-up of the print when it was finished. The red hearts represent where my mom lived while the blue hearts represent places she has visited.

DIY travel map


I printed it onto card stock then framed it in a frame from Michael’s matted to 8×10. I love being able to give such a personal gift, and of course my mom loved it!

DIT travel map