How to Make an Online Treasure Map

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How to Make an Online Treasure Map
A rustic image of a map (world map, grunge image by Tolchik from

Treasure hunts, buried jewels and lost artefacts are sparkling thrills that encourage people of all ages to actively tap into their own creativity and explore. Today's adventure seekers use treasure maps as guides that plot out landmarks and directions that lead to known -- or unknown -- treasure. Making a treasure map online will allow you to share what you're discovering with the rest of the world. Friends and relatives can view your map from their own computers.

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Things you need

  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Magazine
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • Scanner
  • Website or blog (optional)

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    Find a generic template of the geographic terrain where you'll be treasure hunting. Search for the best representation of this specialised area. Hunt online for basic satellite imagery or imaginary maps created on craft sites. It all depends on whether you're trying to chart a real site or made-up geographic area. If this is a real map, make sure you have permission to use it.

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    Print out the map in colour on regular-sized or larger sheets of paper. You can go to the nearest printing centre to print out your map in extra-large paper. Add texture to your treasure map to give it an old-fashioned look. For example, you can crinkle it up and stain it by dipping it in brewed coffee. To add more effects, carefully burn the edges with a lighter for a rustic look. Make sure the map is still legible when you're done.

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    Add easy-to-see navigational routes that you think might lead to treasure. Make dashes with a black, small-tipped permanent marker. Do this as neatly as possible. Keep in mind the terrain and any obstacles, like mountains or thick forests, that you will have to mark around.

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    Find a small picture to symbolise treasure from a magazine, like a pile of gold or a diamond ring. Use craft glue to paste neatly in the map. Another option is to find a sticker of a treasure chest and put it where you think the treasure is. You can be as creative as you want with this.

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    Write out the scale of miles and extra guiding notations with a thin-tipped marker to help people read your map online. Write out street names and geographic names as neatly as you can. Use a ruler to make straight lines for the key. Cut out a compass picture from a magazine and glue it on the side of the map.

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    Scan and save your treasure map into your computer. If you want, you can create your own free website or blog site so you can load your map and post the image online for others to view. Write in any added directions, comments or links in text boxes around your map.

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