How to Make a Simple Map Direction

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How to Make a Simple Map Direction
A map and compass may get you where you want to go, but simple directions get you there faster. (map and compass image by Warren Millar from

Give clear, easy-to-follow directions by making a simple map. The type of map you create depends on the occasion. Draw a stylised, handsome map to include with party invitations. Use a photocopier and highlighter along with typed and printed directions for a road trip. When drawing a map, keep proportions in mind. When photocopying, be certain road names are legible and indicate which way is north.

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Things you need

  • Road map
  • Photocopier
  • Paper
  • Highlighter
  • Pen

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  1. 1

    Write out the directions. Include all turns, directionality (north, south, east, west), landmarks, and indicate how someone will know if he has gone too far.

    How to Make a Simple Map Direction
    Write the directions before making the map. (write image by Adam Borkowski from
  2. 2

    Photocopy the map. Check the quality of the copy. Adjust the brightness if it is too difficult to read.

    How to Make a Simple Map Direction
    A photocopy allows you to highlight directions right on the map. (photocopieuse 1 image by Nathalie P from
  3. 3

    Highlight the route on the photocopy.

    How to Make a Simple Map Direction
    Use highlighter to trace your path on the map. (Green Highlighter on a white paper background. image by BengLim from
  4. 4

    Trace or copy freehand the highlighted route to draw a stylised map for a party invitation. Hire a graphic designer if you do not feel confident in your own rendering skills.

    How to Make a Simple Map Direction
    Include a hand-drawn map in keeping with the style of party invitations. (invitation mariage image by Christophe Thélisson from
  5. 5

    Ask someone else to look at the map and tell you if they can follow your directions.

    How to Make a Simple Map Direction
    Double check your directions to be sure that they are clear before hitting the road. (finger pointing at map image by david hughes from

Tips and warnings

  • For road trips, use photocopier to enlarge the map.
  • Add distances to written instructions so that a driver can use the odometer.

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