I am proud to present this guide to make a very close replica of the Marauder's Map like you would find at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The only differences I'm aware of are the size (it's smaller) and the type of paper used.
If you want to make a full size Marauder's Map, check out my other instructable here:
I downloaded the templates from littlefallingstar on deviantart and modified them to fit properly on 8.5x11 paper, removed repeated parts of the template, and removed littlefallingstar's watermark because I didn't see the point in using ink to print it in the margin of the paper that's just going to be cut and thrown out anyway. All credit for uploading the original scans goes to littlefallingstar.
You will need to download the templates I've provided and extract them to your computer before you continue.
For 8.5 x 11 inch paper, download marauders_map.zip. For A4 size paper, download a4_marauders_map.zip.
Also, make sure you have:
- x-acto knife with ruler and cutting pad, or scissors
- glue stick and piece of scrap paper
- plain white printer paper
- A printer
Once you've gathered these materials, solemnly swear that you're up to no good and continue to the next step!
Step 1: Print the Templates and Cut Them Out
First, print out the templates. Use the marauders_back.jpg for the back of each page you print out. I printed 6 copies of the marauders_back file and then flipped them over, fed them back into the printer, and printed all the other files.
Using your x-acto knife or scissors, cut out all parts of the template.
You will have a lot of paper scraps left over, which you can safely recycle.
Step 2: Fold the Flaps
Fold the Tetris looking piece and the long middle piece as shown in the images above.
Step 3: Glue the Pages Together
Put the pages in order and line them up where they meet together. Decide where the glue should go, apply the glue, line up the pages and press them together. Use a piece of scrap paper underneath as you glue so you don't get any on your table. Smooth out any wrinkles. Continue this process until all 4 pages are combined into one map.
Step 4: Glue the Flaps
Apply glue to the backs of the flaps as illustrated in the photos. Line them up and press them onto the proper spots on the map.
Step 5: Fold the Map
If you look closely, you will see vertical crease lines on the map. Starting from the center piece with the Hogwarts flap that we just glued in, fold along the crease lines as illustrated in the photos above. Continue to fold on the crease lines in alternating directions for an accordion effect on both halves of the map.
You should end up with something like what you see in the photos.
Step 6: You're Finished!
That's it. You're done!
You should have a nice looking Marauder's Map now.
Let me know what you think in the comments and post pictures of your map!