Tutus and Tea Parties: Pirate Treasure Map | #summerofjoann

Monday, May 27, 2013

Pirate Treasure Map | #summerofjoann

My daughter loves pretend play. This was the perfect craft to make for playing pirate (which we play quite often). Grab and eye patch and a few materials from Jo-Ann's and you can make a treasure map that will rock their world!

You can get complete instructions from Jo-Ann fabric & craft stores here, but here's what we used to make ours:
Cork board (cut to desired size), distress ink, palm tree stickers, skull & cross-bone stickers, some girly skull & cross-bone gems, scrapbook paper, felt & Turbo Tacky Glue. (The stickers and gems were all on sale - score!)
Sorry for the crummy photos. Our lighting was terrible, the flash didn't come on and well, we were having too much fun to stop and figure out how to get the camera to cooperate.
1) Cut the cork board to your desired size. (We got the rolled cork board - we should have bough the flat piece because it was hard to keep the rolled cork board flat when decorating it. Oops.) 
2) Using the Distress Ink pad, lightly brush the ink over the cork to create an aged look.

3) Draw your design on paper or think of what you want to have on your map before starting. Cut out pieces for things like a lake, ocean, quick sand, and island...anything you'd like!
4) Using Turbo Tacky Glue, glue your pieces on. I used hot glue for gluing felt on felt. Make sure you add an "X" to mark the treasure and add some gems!
5) Allow time to dry completely. (This is the hard part, but we don't want those gems or felt flopping off.)

6) Put on your eye patch (which we also snagged at Jo-Ann's) and be on your way to go find some treasure, matey! Argh!

Check out the Jo-Ann Spring Catalog full of fun crafts like this one here.
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I already have this baby pinned with Jo-Ann's #summerofjoann hashtag. 
I'd love for you to re-pin it here.

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  1. What fun! Your maps came out wonderfully!

    1. Thank you Katie! We are loving our map & have already been on lots of treasure hunts.

  2. Great post, and a wonderful idea my daughter would love this, so I am pinning :-)

  3. OMG this is so awesome! My daughter loves to play pirates and is always making me go on treasure hunts with her, how cool to actually have a map to follow!!!! I am going to feature this on We Made That Wednesday! Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. I LOVE this! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Tots last week. I'm featuring this post on my round up of diy family games. http://www.oneperfectdayblog.net/2013/06/04/fun-and-simple-diy-games-for-kids/

  5. I love this. My boys would really love it. And it looks pretty easy, yours turned out great. I repinned it to my kids activities board (http://pinterest.com/pin/185773553351922451/)

  6. That is a really cute project. The eye patch is adorable. Thanks for sharing on Artsy Play Wednesday. I pinned it (http://pinterest.com/pin/94575660897852597/)

  7. Super cute map! I will be featuring you on Mom's Library this week!

  8. So fun! I have featured this on Copycat Crafts :) http://www.copycatcrafts.com/pirate-treasure-map/


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