Sunday, 12 May 2013

Making a pirate map

Like many children, Harry is fascinated by pirates at the moment. There are so many different crafts and activities that you can do on a pirate theme, and I decided to re-visit a craft that I remember loving as a child - making a pirate map.

How to make a simple pirate map craft

We took a piece of plain white paper, and used a teabag dipped in a small bowl of water to paint on it to make it look old. When it was dry, I used a candle to burn around the edges of the paper. This makes it sound a lot easier than it was - it involved a lot of frantic blowing out of flames and a smoke filled kitchen. Harry's map also ended up with a somewhat larger hole than intended, after the paper continued to smoulder once blown out.

Then we decorated it with felt pens. I drew some things out for him to copy, we made mountains, beaches, trees, paths and of course an X marks the spot. Then we crumpled it up and flattened it out to make it look really battered. A truly authentic pirate treasure map!

How to make a simple pirate map craft

If you are looking for more pirate crafts you might like my pirate treasure chest and salt dough treasure to fill it with!

2 comments:

  1. I can remember Mum once aging a piece of paper for me by setting fire to it all the way round then dropping it in the sink. Not much paper left after that.

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  2. You're very creative! I'd've just taken the map into the garden & jumped on it a bit :)

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