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 Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Road map
  • Photocopier
  • Paper
  • Highlighter
  • Pen

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Instructions

  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 Fotolia.com)
  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 Fotolia.com)
  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 Fotolia.com)
  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 Fotolia.com)
  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 Fotolia.com)

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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