September 13, 2010 | Posted in:Event Tips, Information

Lots of people ask us how to put together a basic treasure map.

If you want to make one yourself, take a look at these step by step photo instructions in this $0.99 book, or try something like this:

1. Blank sheet of paper.

2. Using pencil, draw a shaky outline of the perimeter of your hunt – i.e. the garden, the front room or the village.

3. Do some shading outside this line then bulk up the main line.

4. Sketch on the key elements in the area as traditional pirate map items, i.e. if it was based in the kitchen – make the kitchen a castle, the sink a pool etc.

5.  Put some paths on. If none exist then make some up.

6. Add some feint embellishments such as a compass, sea monster, waves and grass.

7. Don’t forget to add the most important thing: X marks the spot!

8. Now make yourself a nice cup of tea, and while you are at it – rub your paper down with the tea bag. Let it dry, have another cup of tea and make the edges darker than the centre.

9. Let the paper dry again and then scrunch it up into a ball and then flatten it out to the best of your ability.

You now have a real treasure map!

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  1. Jackie McMillan
    January 27, 2013

    Hi there, I’m wondering who to credit if I use the treasure map sketch at the top of this blog post? I’m giving a workshop for people dealing with autism, and needed a rough sketch like this (and don’t have a scanner handy).
    Thanks, Jackie

  2. TreasureHuntMan
    January 28, 2013

    Hi Jackie

    Thank you for getting in touch.
    If you are asking: please can I use the image from your website? the answer would be yes, with pleasure.
    The image is courtesy of Treasure Hunt Design.

    Good luck with it!

  3. PJ
    October 12, 2013

    I plan to use your sketch in my blog. I will credit you.

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