Create Your Own Scavenger Hunt Clues

Create Your Own Scavenger Hunt Clues

As I mentioned in my Weekend Surprise post about the surprise trip to a hobbit hole, I took my husband on a scavenger hunt to find our destination.

I created a set of around 30 scavenger hunt clues and printed them out on parchment paper. I then crisped the edges to make them seems more like a “treasure hunt.” Here’s one of the finished papers with a riddle straight from the book The Hobbit. I had to add a few riddles from the book… just to make sure he picked up on the weekend’s theme!

Scavenger Hunt Clues

This craft is awesome for a lot of different things: clues for scavenger hunts, treasure maps, and notes in a bottle are some of the many ideas you could use it for.


  • parchment paper
  • printer or pens
  • candle
  • lighter or matches
  • sink and water (just in case – be safe!)

How to Make Your Own Scavenger Hunt Clues

  1. Create your clues ahead of time or sketch out your treasure map.
  2. Print it or handwrite it on parchment paper.
  3. Cut the parchment paper to the size you want it to be. I created 4 clues on a single 8.5”x11” piece of parchment.
  4. Set up your “crisping zone.” MAKE SURE that this area is next to your kitchen or bathroom sink, that the water works, and is away from other flammable items like towels, paper napkins, hair aerosol sprays, etc. I set my candle up right next to the sink and lit it. I double checked that the water worked and the sink was clear. If a paper catches on fire too much, then you can drop it into the sink and turn on the water.Scavenger Hunt Clues
  5. Now for the crisping: hold the paper above the candle flame as seen in the picture below. Slowly lower it toward the flame. You’ll start to see how close you have to get in order for your paper to start browning. If you get just a smidge closer than that, the paper will start to crisp and crinkle. At this point it will likely LIGHT ON FIRE. Take it out of the flame area and blow the paper out. The reason you go slow is so that only a tiny bit of paper catches on fire at a time, so you can put the fire out before it takes over all of the paper.
  6. Continue rotating the paper to crisp the edges as much as you’d like.
  7. Once you’re done crisping, lightly run your finger over the edge of the paper and help the charred spots to fall off into the sink. This will leave the nice, uneven edge that you want, but get rid of some of the charred mess that will fall off the paper over time.
  8. Repeat for each of the pieces you’d like to crisp.

(Important: If you are under 18, please ask for the help of an adult before undertaking this project!)

Here are how some of the clues turned out! What do you think?Scavenger Hunt Clues

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