DIY Gigantic Wall Map for State Study

One day at the library, we came across this book called Heroes of Ohio: : 23 True Tales of Courage and Character. If you can locate a book like this for your state, please do! It brought great pride to us as Ohioans and really showed us just how much history was practically in our backyard. Within the first couple of chapters we were hooked and also inspired by the cover that shows each hero in his or her place of birth or main residence.

This giant 30″ x 30″ homemade map hangs on our living room wall, right next to the front door. We are running out of wall space, people.

If you look closely, you can see exactly how I made it…with 16 sheets of paper all taped together! We do have a projector that I could have used to blow up a blank outline map into this size but… #1 I wanted it to be colored and… #2 tracing all those county lines, names and rivers would have been a pain!

1. I was more interested in teaching my son the locations of the counties and rivers than the locations of cities, so I found a super large image of Ohio, which included county names and rivers.

2. I opened this image in Photoshop and cropped it into 16 different pieces so that each of the 16 pieces could be printed out on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. I made sure that each of the 16 pieces overlapped a bit. You can see each piece below in a collage.  Notice how each piece would overlap the one next to it.

3. We trimmed all 16 pages with the paper trimmer and taped them together, making sure to match up the rivers and county lines as best as we could. Easy peasy.

4. All those little images are photos of the heroes. I easily found all these via Google Images.


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  1. What a great idea. We’re in Ohio too and at one time we used to have a large OH poster map that we purchased at 7 Caves in Highland co. (I think that’s the right county?) It had settlers’ trails, Native American Indian tribes, and rivers on it, but no county lines.

    Where did you find the image with the counties? On some gov’t site?

    I’d like to pin this on Pinterest, if you don’t mind.

  2. Cindy B

    We live in OH too, and love that book. We read it many years ago when my 21yo daughter was in middle school!! If you still have the map and want to add more, another great book is called Buckskin Scout by Marion Renick. It has living history stories from around the state.

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