Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pirate day craft #sponsored #summerofjoann

I was contacted by Joann Fabrics about writing a post about some of their summer craft that are featured in their summer catalog.  Lucy and I flipped through the catalog and decided on the pirate map as the craft we wanted to do.  

We went and bought all the supplies and then came home and got to work!

The supply list from Joann's website (my notes are in blue):


  • 18"x24" Cork roll (I preferred the sheets of cork.  The rolls of cork don't "unroll" easily and it made them very brittle)
  • Foam stickers: Daiquiri Alpha – Black (We did not buy these)
  • Cricut® Cartridges: Mini Monsters & Doodlecharms (Since selling my cricut, I couldn't cut these out, so instead we bought pirate stickers)
  • Rainbow classic felt: Neon Blue
  • Assorted print & patterned papers
  • Felt – Cobblestone Copper Canyon
  • Aleene’s™ Turbo Tacky Glue
  • Distress Ink (we bought two different color browns, I could have gone with just the darker)
  • Ink applicator
  • Rhinestones
  • White 3-D paint (which to normal people is just white puffy paint.  I had no idea it was called 3-d paint)
  • Scissors
  • Sharpie® marker: black

I wanted to share this craft with my mom's group too, so what we decided to do was sketch out the front yard as our map, then on a non-rainy day, we would invite all our little friends over for a treasure hunt.  

After our sketch was done, we set to work.  

I set to work on the distressing of our cork using Distress Ink, you know, to make the map look old.

Lucy colored in her directional sign using a stensil.  We started off using a sharpie but then we ended up dabbing ink on with a black ink pad.  I liked how that looked better and it seemed to be easier for Lucy that way.  

Next we cut out mountains, lakes, desert, oceans and forest.

Lucy and I made our map weeks prior to our play date.  We had planned to have everyone over shortly after we made ours, but unfortunately the weather in Seattle kept pushing it off.  It was difficult enough on our play date day to have to do the craft inside.  We had 6 five year olds and 2 two year olds inside around our table.  It was crazy!

The kids had a lot of fun figuring out their maps and where they were going to put their mountains and lakes.

After the kids made their maps we went out in our yard and went on our treasure hunt.   I will post about the treasure box another time because I used supplies that was not included in what Joann's sent me.  

And here is Lucy's map.  She's since been going on treasure hunts around our house all week!

We loved doing this project and all the kids had a really good time.  I want to thank Joann's for sponsoring this craft!  I hope to work with them again soon!

Also, don't forget to sign up for Joann's Discover Connect where you will get a 20% off coupon if you sign up!

Disclaimer:  For this post I was provided with a gift card to Joann's to purchase the supplies.  I was not compensated in any other way.  All opinions are my own, such as my notes on the supplies list.  And as usual, had I had any issues, complications or complaints, I wouldn't have written my post. 

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  1. I love maps.......I hope that Louie continues her interest in them.....(Of course, most importantly, I hope she splits the treasure with me!!!)

  2. Love this! My son is obsessed with pirates and maps. We will definitely be trying this.


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