How to Make This Easy DIY Scratch-Off Map
Track your bucket list one state at a time with this fun, easy travel craft.
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Keep track of your adventures by learning to make your own scratch-off map.
There's something about visualizing your travels that is both motivating and rewarding. Maybe there's a place you've always dreamed of visiting, and when you finally do, having a physical way to cross it off your list or, in this case, scratch it off a map, is so satisfying. It's a visual reminder of where you've been and where you still want to visit. Plus, it just makes for great wall art and a fun conversation-starter. Get ready for summer road trips with this easy DIY project that's kid-friendly and much cheaper than a store-bought version. Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to make your own.
- wooden puzzle map
- watercolor paints + water
- clear wax crayon
- dish soap
- metallic acrylic paint
- super glue
- wooden frame
Start with a blank wooden puzzle of the United States. Paint the states with watercolor paints in the colors of your choice. Don't worry about staying within the lines; you'll eventually remove the puzzle pieces.
Let the watercolor paint dry.
Next, color a clear wax crayon over all of the states.
Then, mix together equal parts dish soap and metallic acrylic paint for the top coating. We used silver, but gold works great, too!
Apply mixture with a sponge brush. Again, don't worry about staying in the lines. Apply two coats, and let dry.
Once completely dried, remove puzzle pieces and place onto a solid frame and super glue in place.
Use a penny to scratch off the states you've been to and to reveal the colors.
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