Diagon Alley Map




Intro: Diagon Alley Map

Diagon Alley is one of the coolest places in the Harry Potter universe... and I love maps... you know where I'm going with this. Let's get started.


You'll also need to download my free templates available below. I am not referring to the instructables PDF (which requires a paid subscription). You want to download the .zip file.


Step 1: Video Tutorial

Step 2: Printing

Print the map, double sided, on 11x17 paper.

If you don't have any way to print 11x17 paper, I've also included 8.5x11 and A4 templates. You will just need to print out both halves and glue them together in the middle.

Step 3: Tearing

Tear off the white border from around the map. To get a straighter tear, I folded where I made sharp creases where I wanted the cuts and then tore the edges off.

Step 4: Ageing

To age the paper, I folded the paper in half vertically and Diagon-Ally (I had to...) where the crease lines are in the background texture. I then took light grit sandpaper and sanded the creases to make them look a bit worn.

Next I made some small tears where the creases meet the edge of the page. After that you can put folds and creases around the corners (see photos for inspiration) and then slightly crumpled the paper to make it look a bit more used.

The last thing you will want to do is use a wood finish marker to color just the sides of the paper (where you can see white). You don't want to put any of the finish on the front or back of the map, only on the edges of the paper.

Step 5: You're Finished!

That's it! You're all done!

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Tip 6 weeks ago

Instead of using a marker to color the edges, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink, applied with a blender. The finish is exactly the same, with colored, burnt-like, aged edges, but no marker lines going on the design by accident, or the ink bleeding. The one that I used is called Vintage Photo.