How to make a compass rose

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How to make a compass rose
Add an ornate touch to any map with a decorative compass rose. (Sergey Nivens/iStock/Getty Images)

A compass rose is a decorative tool that is usually displayed on a map corner to indicate direction. Compass roses range from simple, non-ornate drawings to fancy, intricate designs. Creating a compass rose is a good way to teach children about directions. Making your own rose is easy and you can decorate it any way you choose. Practice making a few compass roses on a piece of paper before you draw one on your map.

Things you need

  • Map
  • Pencil, pens, coloured pencils
  • Ruler
  • Small, traceable circle

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  1. 1

    Locate the area on the map where you want to draw the compass rose.

  2. 2

    Orient the map so that north is pointing opposite to you. It will appear to be pointing towards the top of the paper.

  3. 3

    Create a circle by tracing around a circular object. Place a dot in the centre of the circle. Draw a small "X" through the dot.

  4. 4

    Draw a cross with equal-length lines through the dot in the circle. Use your ruler to measure the length and keep the line straight. Extend the lines a few centimetres beyond the circle.

  5. 5

    Label the ends of the lines with abbreviations for north (N), south (S), east (E) and west (W).

  6. 6

    Draw a straight line from the end of the compass point to the X in the circle. Do this for each direction.

  7. 7

    Decorate your compass rose any way you like. You can draw inside the circle, use colours to shade the circle or make each line a different colour.

Tips and warnings

  • Look at examples of compass roses on the Internet to give you ideas.

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