Last Halloween I posted an instructable on how to create a miniature replica of the Marauder's Map from Harry Potter. The miniature version is only about 7 inches tall.
Well, this year I decided to take it a little further and create a full size replica of the map. I'm very pleased with how it turned out, and I hope you all enjoy making it as much as I did!
The miniature is quicker to make, however it looks like it's over 50% smaller. This full size replica is essentially exactly the same as the one you can order online or buy at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The original scans were stitched together by littlefallingstar@deviantart. She was generous enough to let me use those scans to create the 8.5 x 11 inch templates that I'm including with this instructable.
There have been a few requests for the entire template on one printable page in order to print the full size map on a plotter. I have included an optional file to do this called full-map-by-dannymcmurray-and-littlefallingstar.zip. if you use these full templates instead of the 8.5 x 11 inch templates, you can skip gluing together the map and inside flaps. Jump straight to gluing the flaps into the map and then folding.
Before we begin, you'll need to gather these materials:
- A printer
- Standard 8.5 x 11 inch printer paper
- X-acto knife with cutting mat and ruler, or simply a pair of scissors
- 2-3 glue sticks
Once you have these materials together, download the templates I've provided and lets get up to no good!
Step 1: Video Instructions
It's a good idea to read all of the steps detailed here before attempting to jump in and make the map using the video alone. But if you're feeling saucy, go for it!
Step 2: Print the Templates
Open the marauders-map-templates-by-dannymcmurray-and-littlefallingstar.zip file and extract all of the contents to a location on your computer that you can remember, such as a folder on your desktop.
You should see a bunch of .jpg files of the fronts and backs of different parts of the Marauder's Map. There are multiple "back" files. I did this in order to keep the back of the map from looking like repeats of the same pattern - however you could just use one of the backs for all of the front files if you want. It's up to you.
To print the templates properly (front and back), you will need to print a "front" file, then flip it over and feed it back into your printer. Then print the corresponding "back" file on the opposite side of the same page. If your printer has a "borderless printing" option in it's settings or preferences, use it. If not, no problem. Your map will just be about an inch or so smaller, depending on how large of a margin your printer leaves around the edges.
For middle-flap-01 and middle-flap-02, use any full-page back. For middle-flap-03, use back-a08 or back-b08. For side-flap-01, use side-flap-back-02. The reason I re-used some of the backs was to cut back on the download size of the zip folder.
Step 3: Cut Out the Templates
This is where the patience comes in handy. You will need to cut out all of the white space around all of the template files.If you're using an X-acto Knife and a cutting mat
Place the template you will be cutting on the cutting mat. Line your ruler up where you want to make your cut. Press down on the ruler with one hand to keep it or the template underneath from slipping around. With your dominant hand, use your X-acto knife to cut a straight line along the edge of the ruler, much like you would if you were using the ruler to draw a line with a pencil.If you're using scissors
Not much to say here. Just cut the templates out as best you can. I highly recommend using an X-acto knife and ruler. You'll get much straighter, more professional looking edges.
Step 4: Glue the Map Together
Again, patience will be needed here. I glued the map together this by gluing all parts of the top half of the map together first, then gluing all parts of the bottom half of the map together. Then I glued the top and bottom half together to end up with one large map. This was the best method I found, but if something else works better for you, go for it. Use the photos and video as reference while gluing the map together.
Step 5: Glue and Fold the Inside Flaps
Use the photos above and video as reference as you do this. When you finish gluing them together, fold them according to the red dotted lines in the photos.
Step 6: Attach Flaps to Map
Use the photos and video to locate where to apply the glue on the flaps. Then line up the flaps with the corresponding spots on the map and glue them down. You should end up with parts of the map that fold open.
Step 7: Fold the Map
Starting on the left end of the map, start folding it, using the crease lines as your guides. Some of them are very faint, but once you get going you shouldn't have much trouble. You will be doing an accordion-style fold. If you don't know what an accordion fold is, google it. I've also tried to illustrate it in the photos above. Again, once you start folding, you'll get the hang of it.
When you reach the middle of the map, start folding from the right side in toward the middle. Once you reach the middle from that side, you will have the finished product.
Step 8: You're Done!
Let me know what you think and feel free to post photos of your map in the comments below! As always, remember to recycle your scraps. Don't forget to share this instructable with your friends and subscribe for more like this!
None of this would have been possible without littlefallingstar. You can show your support by following her on deviantart.