Step One – Google “treasure map”.
Step Two – Steal the first one that doesn’t suck.
Step Three – Print it.
Step Four – White Out any copyrights or source credits.
Step Five – Photocopy it so people can’t see the white out.
Step Six – With a black felt tip pen, trace over the clean, Adobe Illustrator lines to make it look hand-drawn.
Step Seven – Colour it in with pencil crayons. Those found at work within your office supply cabinet work best.
Step Eight – Crinkle it up for authenticity. Go ahead and scrunch it into a ball. Careful un-scrunching it or you’ll have to start again at Step One.
Step Nine – Tea stain it by soaking it in a sink filled with last night’s left over tea. “I’m making a treasure map” is a good excuse to not have to clean up after your evening tea the night before. I “make treasure maps” five or six times a week.
Step Ten – Let it dry on a cooling rack over night.
Step Eleven – In the morning, go on and laminate that sucker because it’ll look way too good to be disposable. I used Avery Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets. Mine were about 15 years old and stolen from my dad’s home office, but I’m sure new ones will do the trick.
Step Twelve – Don’t let any kids touch it. They’ll either wreck it or lose it. Let them ruin the original from Steps One to Four.