DIY Chalkboard Map

DIY Chalkboard Map

While I have a hand­ful of dif­fer­ent sized chalk­boards in my home, they are all square or rec­tan­gle in shape. I wanted to find a very fun and unique shape to have as a chalk­board, some­thing a lit­tle more eye catch­ing than a framed gray board.

That is when I decided to make a United States map-shaped chalk­board. You can too, just fol­low these sim­ple instructions.


  • Large chalk­board — I bought a 33 x 27 inch wooden board and painted it with chalk­board paint
  • Print­able U.S. map (down­load here)
  • 12 sheets of 8.5 in. by 11 in. old maps
  • Modge Podge
  • Scis­sors
  • Brush
DIY Chalkboard Map

Step 1
Print out the USA map print­able. Match up the let­ters to help you lay your map out. Be sure to start by putting your map out on large sur­face area.

DIY Chalkboard Map

Step 2
Take one sheet at a time and layer it on top of a 8.5″ x 11″ piece of map. Cut out the map and return it to it’s spot. It is easy to turn this part into a giant jig­saw puz­zle, so just try to stay organized.

DIY Chalkboard Map

Step 3
After cut­ting out your map, pick each piece up, one at a time, and brush the back of each cut map with modge podge. Glue the map onto your chalk­board. Con­tinue around until you have glued on every piece.

Once you have glued your pieces on, let the glue dry before fram­ing or writ­ing on the chalk­board. I plan on help­ing my daugh­ter learn the states by draw­ing them on the chalkboard.

Happy craft­ing!

  • melissa

    Lovely! Can I just say that is the most per­fect out­line i’ve ever seen.


  • Nina Hart­man

    Love it! This is such a cute idea, espe­cially as a fam­ily craft project!


  • Meshii Meshee

    This is great!!!

  • Bliss Fos­ter

    This might be my favorite craft you guys have ever posted. Absolutely gorgeous.

  • Bliss Fos­ter

    Haha, some­one did a really crisp job for sure.

  • Wal­ter­Sil­vaArt

    Won­der­ful idea!