Treasure Map



Before GPS, Google and smartphones, we had these things called…wait don’t tell me…it’s on the tip of my tongue…that’s right…MAPS!!!!

This map is fun, easy and made with recycled paper grocery bags.


Brown Paper Bag


Vegetable Oil

Paper Towels


  1. Rip the paper until you have a flat piece of “parchment.”

Note: Ripping works better than scissors, although you can cut the bag first and then rip the edges.

2. Using markers, draw a picture of a map.

3. Crumple up the bag into a tight ball then open it up.

4. Place a small amount of vegetable oil on a paper towel and rub it

    over the map.

5. Allow to dry in the sun (approx. ½ hour)


-Start with a small amount of vegetable oil. You can always add more.

-Washable markers (and even sharpies) might run or bleed a little. That’s okay! It makes the map look old and worn, but be careful about clothing and workspaces.

– The map might feel greasy at first. It will dry into a parchment like texture.

-For even more of a parchment-y texture, try wetting the bag, letting it dry, then applying the vegetable oil.

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