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Pirate Parties are fun, there's no doubt about it. But if you want to shake things up a little and make your party girl-friendly too, a Peter Pan Party keeps everybody happy. Here's how to make a simple-but-effective Old Map of Neverland... it costs next-to-nothing and looks effective as part of the party Decor...
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Step 1: Sketch the Map

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Using a pencil, sketch a rough outline of the map onto brown craft paper; then go over more carefully with a fine black marker.
I used twist-up crayons to add some soft colour and then carefully tore around the edges of the paper.

Step 2: Original Map...

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I sketched my map from this version found on Pinterest.
You can see that my version is a lot more basic!

Step 3: To get the aged look...

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To get the "aged" look, I used old teabags, squeezing the tea onto the paper and smearing it around "artistically".
Build up layers for a really ancient-looking map.

Step 4: Finishing Touch

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For the finishing touch, burn the torn edges.

*Safety Tip: if you do it while the paper is still damp from the teabags, it will help make sure the whole thing doesn't catch on fire!*

Step 5: That's It!

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Then step back and admire your ancient map of Neverland...

RMDan2 years ago
How does the aging affect the durability of the map? I'm thinking of making a map for a D&D world of my own design. Also did you just use standard printer paper, or a thicker type?

My main concern is I want a map that a player could buy to help navigate. With that I wanted it to be a real prop that could be rolled up and rolled out without being damaged.
taransa2 years ago
Very nicely done! :) Good tips, thank you.
Very nice map! This will help me with an upcoming project I have!
malsonc3 years ago
I enjoyed your 'ible! I have done similar aged documents for sculptures I've created. A couple of tips I learned that helped me were to soak the document in some strong coffee to give the paper an overall old parchment look. The use of the tea bags to make special emphasis areas works well on the coffee background.

When doing the torn/burnt edges I could never get enough control with a lighter. I ended up getting the paper slightly damp and then using a lit cigar held underneath the paper to burn the edges. The advantage I found was that the coal on the end of the cigar would illuminate the path I was burning and allowed me quite a bit of control over the burn. I did have a dish of water handy to snuff out anything that dried too much and started to actually flame up - safety first!

Again, I enjoyed this project. Keep up the good work!
tinker2343 years ago
wow very cool i love the look huge fan
Amazing map! Neverland is the map I would want to make too!