Make an Ancient-Looking Map of Neverland




Introduction: Make an Ancient-Looking Map of Neverland

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...

Step 1: Sketch the Map

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...

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...

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

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!

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


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    7 Discussions

    Bill Rose
    Bill Rose

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Yes easy with the burning. I did something similar a while ago this and the whole thing bust into flames.. But it was exciting !!!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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!