DIY: How to Make Your Own Wall Decor

It’s time for another DIY project! It’s been awhile that’s for sure, and honestly this isn’t really a DIY but I wanted to talk about it anyway because I am really excited with the outcome. So let’s get started!

This project was for one of our guest bedrooms. When we moved in I had a plan, a really nice plan in my head to make one of the rooms traveled inspired. While I haven’t traveled a lot (yet), I wanted a room with a theme that made sense (my goal for all the rooms in our house). What luck it was to head to Bed, Bath and Beyond and find the coolest looking map for the a wall.


But it was heavy and had a lot of spots to nail into the wall which we weren’t a fan of. So my boyfriend suggested we buy some plywood as a mount for this lovely map. At first I was hesitant, but I’ll be honest he’s not usually wrong about this kind of stuff so I took his word for it. Here’s a list of supplies:

  • Map (link above)
  • Plywood
  • Paint for the background
  • Paint for the quote/saying (if needed)
  • measuring tape
  • Paint brush (2 – one for background, one for stencils)
  • Stencils (if needed)
  • Tape

Obviously I wanted some paint that would make sense for a map and luckily I had some leftover from when we painted the library — so there’s one thing I didn’t have to buy! The stencils and paint for the quote was easy — AC Moore.

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Of course you start with painting the actual piece of plywood (though technically we shaped it first — that’s up to you if you want to or not). While that dried, cut out your stencils, it’s a lot easier (trust me) to do that than try to use them all together).

Once you have that done, you can start painting your quote — to do this, measure out the middle of the plywood and figure out where/how the words will fit. This took awhile and I needed my boyfriends help but it was totally worth the extra time to do this.We used a pencil to mark the middle and determine which word should be before and after it.

Once you have that down you can start adding your stencils to the plywood with a little tape on the top so it won’t move while you paint!


After that it’s pretty smooth sailing! Surprisingly since I’m not very creative this didn’t take too long and I didn’t have to re-do anything! At first I thought I was going to have to but once we brought it upstairs I realized that it was perfect (with it’s imperfections) just the way I wanted it for my travel inspired room — PS: more on that later, but each room in our house will have a theme and I can’t wait to explain to you all how I came up with that! There’s still a lot to do in each which is why you haven’t seen the full results yet!

I am truly over the moon happy with how fabulous this came out. It was super simple too which makes it even better! My goal moving forward is to add little stars or very small pictures of the places we’ve visited over the years. I hope this helps you if you decide to do something similar!



8 thoughts on “DIY: How to Make Your Own Wall Decor

  1. Amar singh says:

    The whole series on the first house has been great and this one on decorating is as interesting and innovative. Some great tips and pocket friendly as well. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Nicole Anderson says:

    That is really a very effective piece and I love how it turned out and the fact that it wasn’t too complicated. What a great idea to use this to highlight the future adventurous trips you will make – that additional dimension will be fun indeed and last many years!

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