Making an Aged Viking Map


How about now?

I wanted to make a map, age it to look like a viking map, pop co-ordinates on it and do some lovely Viking maths!  So I took a photo of our big papier mache map, printed it out, tore the edges off the paper and dunked it into some strong tea:

I put them on our paper making sheets so that as they dried they wouldn’t stick and I pressed down to soak off excess water with a towel:

I left them to dry completely:

And viola!  Homemade Viking maps.  Took less than five minutes and cost almost nothing. (paper, ink and tea)  I’m chuffed with them.  That night whilst watching reruns of CIS with my gorgeous husband, I marked a grid and put in X, Y co-ordinates:

I think hands on maths is WAY more fun for mummy than the text books!!


  1. This looks amazing! Your kids are very lucky to have you adopting such a thorough and hands-on approach!
    Where did you get the template for the map from? I’d love to try this with my own!

    1. The template was a photo of the paper mache map we made. I free-handed the paper mache one which is why it is not very perfect 😉. Feel free to enlarge it and clip it from the post x

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