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vintage map “GO” sign DIY tutorial

I’ve gotten a lot of comments about this vintage map “GO” sign and I had a chance to share this DIY post last month on Cate’s blog, Wild Ruffle, and thought I would share it here today!

The materials list for the projects is pretty easy to round up:

  • vintage map
  • wood (almost any kind would work, MDF, plywood, hardboard)
  • jigsaw
  • scissors
  • decoupage
  • Silhouette Cameo (optional)
  • paint (optional)
  • ink (optional)


  1. Trace “GO” letters onto wood and maps – I used my Silhouette Cameo for this but you could just print the letters out and then cut around them and use that as your stencil
  2. Cut the letters out of the wood with the jigsaw and the letters from the map out with your scissors (I used my Silhouette for the last part)
  3. This step is optional but I chose to paint my letters white at this point, depending what type of wood you were working with you may want to as well
  4. Use the decoupage to adhere the map letters to the wooden letters
  5. Another optional step -I chose to ink around the edges of my letters, I like the definition it gives

What I like about this project is that it is easy to choose locations on the map that are meaningful to you -places you’ve been or places you want to go.

You can also spice it up and just paint your letters like I did with this number:

Or use old sheet music like with this ampersand:

If you like the vintage map sign but don’t want to go through the effort of making them, you can always check out my shop and get custom ones made. 🙂

with love,

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