DIY: National Parks Map
Back when my husband and I were first married, we were pretty much flat out of money every week. Instead of staying inside and just staring at each other (I mean, that’s free…), we decided to spend as much time as possible in our nation’s National Parks.
Even though at the time it was an astronomical expense, we decided that a National Parks Annual Pass would give us vacation opportunities for a whole year without having to pay for flights, restaurants, admission tickets to theme parks, or hotels. We hoped to car camp, make our own food, and get out on the road as much as possible. And we did just that!
Another treat we bought each other when we first moved to Colorado was the Passport to Your National Parks. We purchased this souvenir and have kept it in our car and used it consistently since our first visit to Rocky Mountain National Park in 2003. That’s right! We have stamps going back more than ten years!
At every visitor center the NPS offers a cancellation stamp for your passport. If you forget your book at home, they often have small sheets of paper or sticker paper so you can fill in your passport when you’re home.
Here are some of our cancellation stamps!
After years of filling in our passport, I really wanted to have a visual reminder of our visits in our home. I saw a National Parks map with stickers on Etsy and decided, “Hey! I could totally make that at home!”
It also provided the inspiration for our nursery decor (I hope to have a nursery tour post soon!). It’s such a nice centerpiece to our gallery wall and something that everyone asks about when they visit. It’s one of my favorite possessions and something I really treasure.
You can use this DIY to commemorate states where you’ve traveled, National Parks visited, locations of friends or family, or really anything you like!
DIY National Parks Map
T Pins (Walmart or any place with sewing supplies)
Cork map of the US (Target)
Patience & an undisturbed block of time
Using your label maker, print the names of each destination. I typed the name twice leaving three spaces between each name to give space to fold the label over on itself. I also used the smallest sized font.
Place the pin stem in the middle of the label. Stick one side of the tape together with the other side. Press firmly together until the pin is securely attached.
Trim any uneven edges. Affix command adhesives on the back of the map. Once the map is up on the wall, gently place your pins.
If you like, you can add scrapbooking decorations or any other badge or pin to decorate your map (I found this inspiring John Muir quote in a scrapbooking set).
And that’s it! If you can’t find a cork map at Target, try looking at other discount stores, on Etsy, or make your own!
This DIY is such a nice reminder of our travels. It also commemorates a friend’s son who passed away from the childhood condition called SMA*. He didn’t get to travel much in his time on earth, so every time I get a stamp, I’m doing it for him!
What’s your favorite way to commemorate your travels? Which National Parks have you visited? Which are your favorite? Comment below!
National Parks Annual passes are good at all National Parks and Federal Recreation Areas. Check with the park you are visiting before you go for any limitations. You can purchase a pass here:
The “Every Kid in a Park” annual pass is FREE for all fourth graders! This is such an amazing program and something I’m really proud our nation offers. You can check out that program here:
You can purchase a Passport to Your National Parks here or at your local National Park or Federal Recreation Area:
The National Park Service has not sponsored this post. Although I’m open to sponsorship! I seriously love our National Parks.
*If you’d like to learn more about this often fatal condition and how you can help, visit the SMA Foundation’s website here: