Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pirate Map craft

My son, Q, who is 3, loves the show Jake and the Neverland Pirates. While he's been stuck at home and inside recovering, we started playing Pirates! To add to the fun, we made Treasure Maps!

It was easy and fun. First, we drew a map with various things on regular white printer paper. We made a few, one using black ball point pen, and two more using markers. In the end, the marker maps turned out okay, but the ball point pen map turned out great!

Then, I steeped a couple black tea bags. I used two techniques, one we used a tea bag and wiped the stained water over the map; the other we poured the stained water on the map and let it sit a minute. The technique didn't prove much difference in the final product.

After they dried, I used corn oil to give it that shiny luster! (I also traced over some of the map drawn with markers, because they faded with the water stain.)

After it dried a little, but still damp, I tore the edges for an authentic look.

Crinkled it up in a ball...Voila! (We rolled one like a scroll too.)

Ahoy Ye Matey! Where de treasure be?

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  1. What a cute idea! Such a fun way to spend time with your boy while he is recuperating. I hope he feels better soon!

  2. Little boys love treasure maps. Wouldn't it make it extra special if mama hid some treasure where the X is? Thanks for sharing with the HomeAcre Hop. Come back and see us this week: