It’s examination period, at least in Germany, and thereafter a lot of students leave their home to live and study abroad. Some of them will even travel around the world for some time. So it would be nice to record where you’ve been without requiring electronical aid. There are several online shops offering these scratch maps. Unfortunately you can’t put them in a picture frame if you wish to continue scratching further destinations lateron. Pinning them to the wall with traditional push pins mostly creates ugly holes and makes the map flute. The back of a broken frame gave an ideal base for a fancy presentation of the map.
We adjusted the backside to the size of our map overlapping it 2cm on each of the four sides. We took off the frames cramping fixtures and removed the hanger to the new center of the top edge. Then we colored the front of our board with white spray paint to prevent the brownish color to shine through the map. We found some nice Polystrene coving cornice kits online. For gluing and painting it you need to take solvent-free color and glue because otherwise the Polystrene will dissolve later. We found both in our local crafting store. We decided to create a golden frame and applied the solvent-free color with a little sponge in two layers.
Take double sided adhesive tape to fix the map on the board because the map’s paper will absorb liquid glue and start to undolate. After fixing the map start to fit the cornice and mark the vertices of each corner with a pencil. Put aside the cornice, apply glue to the overlapping rim and glue all parts starting with the corner pieces.
After drying you may hang up your map and remind you of the already reached locations or dream of new destinations.