How to make a map in Minecraft

IN Minecraft, it's easy to lose your way if you stray too far from your base.

If you want to stay on track, you'll need to get your hands on a map which you can make, find or trade for. Here's how you can make one.

How to make a map in Minecraft

Sugar cane

You'll need eight pieces of paper and a compass. But in order to get these, first you need to find some sugar cane to make the paper.

You can find sugar cane growing near water in both swamp and desert biomes.

If you place three pieces of sugar cane in a row on your crafting table, if will turn into three pieces of paper.

That means in order to make your eight, you need to place nine pieces of sugar cane in rows of three for your map.

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To make a compass, you'll need a piece of redstone dust and four iron ore ingots.

You can mine to find them both easily, particularly if you mining near the bottom of the world.

But make sure you have an iron pickaxe or better to find them.

Once you have at least one piece of redstone dust and four iron ore, you'll need to smelt the ore into four iron ingots with a furnace. 

Then at the crafting table, place the four ingots in four spaces next to the middle block, where you'll put your redstone.

Put together

Finally you have the materials to make a map.

In the 3×3 slot of the crafting table area, place the compass.

Then insert a paper in each of the other nine slots.

Now your map in ready, empty and you can start filling it out.

If crafting a map seems like too much effort, you can also try your luck at finding a map in a treasure chest.

The treasure chests can be found in the sunken ships.

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