Do it Yourself Scroll Invitations

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Do it Yourself Scroll Invitations
Scrolls look elegant and unique but can be costly. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Fairy tale or medieval themed weddings should have an invitation suited to the time period. Create a replica of an old fashioned messenger scroll to use as your wedding invitations. After the wedding the scroll invitation can be used as memorabilia displayed in your home and your guests' homes. Scroll invitations can be mailed just as easily as a standard card invitation using a tube mailing container. However, you should be aware that postage will typically cost more than a standard invitation because of the additional weight typically associated with a scroll invitation.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Scroll bases or rods
  • Parchment paper
  • Glue
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Vellum
  • Scissors
  • Vellum adhesive
  • Ribbon
  • Mailing tubes

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    Assemble the scroll portion of the invitation. The type of scroll base you purchase determines if you have to do this step or not. If your scroll base comes pre-assembled with parchment attached to the rod you can skip this step. If you purchased the rods and parchment separately you will need to apply a thin beading of glue along the top of the rod. Firmly press the top of the parchment into the glue and let dry. For a double rod scroll apply glue to the bottom rod and firmly press the bottom edge of the paper onto the beads of glue.

  2. 2

    Design your invitation and print it using your printer. Print one invitation at a time so that the vellum does not stack on top of one another in the printer tray. You need to let the ink on the vellum dry for several hours to prevent the ink from smearing.

  3. 3

    Trim the vellum if needed to fit the parchment. Vellum is a delicate paper so be very careful while trimming to prevent unwanted rips. Also be aware of where you hold the vellum. Avoid touching the ink to prevent smearing.

  4. 4

    Attach the vellum invitation to the parchment paper. Use a drop of vellum adhesive on each corner of the vellum. This special adhesive dries clear and keeps the vellum attached to the parchment through rolling and unrolling the scroll. You could also use decorative pins to attach the vellum to the parchment but you will need to find very lightweight pins that won't pull and tear the vellum. Let the vellum adhesive dry completely before rolling the scroll.

  5. 5

    Roll up the scroll. Double rod scrolls should be rolled from both ends so the rods meet in the middle. Roll single rod scrolls from the rod over the parchment until the end of the parchment is rolled over the rod.

  6. 6

    Secure the scroll in place using a piece of ribbon. You can also choose to add a coloured tassel or wax seal for added decoration to the scroll. Insert the completed scroll into the mailing tube and print the address on the tube.

Tips and warnings

  • Print the address labels onto self-adhesive labels so you don't have to write on a round tube.
  • Purchasing a scroll invitation kit can save you time and money, and they come in variety of styles and colours.

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