Tea-Stained Treasure Maps

Working with materials that are normally not touched is oh-so-appealing for my children. When I brought our tea bags for this craft, they were intrigued and immediately loved the idea!

Our tea-stained paper was very fun to make and came out so pretty. This time we used ours for fun maps, but I think this paper would make pretty cards as well.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    I went through our tea stash to find a few different kinds for the kids to experiment with. I placed the tea bags in some hot water while I gathered some thick paper and the children!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Once the tea cooled down a bit, I let the kids choose their tea bags and they began to drip the tea over the paper and press the bags on the paper.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    My two-year-old really enjoyed exploring this new texture and new way of making color on paper.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    We had a bag break (yep, my two-year-old's doing) and it added a great speckled look to the paper. We set all the paper outside to dry.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Once dry my five-year-old new exactly what she was going to do with her paper...a pirate's map, of course! She drew a fun map and crinkled up the paper to create that authentic treasure map look...

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Done!

    This went from a morning craft to an afternoon of imaginative play that lasted well into the evening.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

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