DIY Light Up World Map

Running out of ideas for the perfect going away present or a unique keepsake for someone who loves to travel? Looking for something special to brighten up your travel shrine? This DIY light up world map might just be the thing.


  • Old world map
  • Foam core board
  • String lights
  • Mod Podge
  • Screw driver
  • Adhesive tape


  1. Glue the map to the board with Mod Podge.
  2. Poke holes through the map at random spots (or any particular spots you want) with a screw driver. Make sure the holes are big enough to fit a string light in. The number of holes would depend on the number of string lights you have.

  3. Arrange the sting lights and fit them into the holes one by one. Tape the cord with adhesive tape to ensure the lights stay in place.
  4. Display and light ’em up!

Idea from Hazel and Ruby.