How to Make a Paper Scroll Craft

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How to Make a Paper Scroll Craft
Use a paper cutter to trim your scroll paper to size. (paper guillotine image by Alison Bowden from

Paper scrolls are a great project for ancient history or Sunday school classes. Papyrus, an ancient Eastern paper, or animal skins were often used to make scrolls. Scrolls were typically stored in one of two ways: smaller scrolls were wound around a single cylinder or wooden dowel; longer scrolls were wound around a cylinder or dowel at each end, allowing the reader to access a small section of the scroll by rolling up the parts before and after onto the cylinders.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Craft paper
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Coloured paper
  • Glitter
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter (optional)
  • Paint and brushes
  • Markers and crayons
  • Tea or coffee
  • Packing tape

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  1. 1

    Cut a piece of white or off-white butcher paper or rolled craft paper 2 to 3 feet long. If your paper roll is more than 20 inches wide, cut your scroll pieces down to a more manageable size by rolling them snugly and cutting the rolled pieces on a heavy-duty paper cutter. Purchase rolled craft paper at a office store or school supply store.

  2. 2

    Cut cardboard tubes, such as those used for wrapping paper or mailing tubes, to a length 1 or 2 inches longer than your scroll paper is wide (from top to bottom). Cut two of these.

    Cover the tubes with coloured paper. Cut a piece of paper a little longer than your tube and wide enough to wrap around the tube with a little overlap.Wrap the paper around the tube and tuck the edges in at the ends. Use craft or school glue to attach the paper to the tube. Add glitter and other decorative elements.

  3. 3

    Decorate your scroll with drawings or written messages. Draw a series of images telling a story from ancient history, the Bible, or Greek or Roman mythology. Egyptian hieroglyphs work also. Add verses or quotes to reinforce the lesson being taught. Use markers or crayons, or have children create their scrolls using an authentic technique by painting all images and messages on with a brush. Allow the artwork to dry.

  4. 4

    Brush on a light coat of very dark tea or coffee covering the artwork and the back of the scroll paper. This gives an antique patina to the scroll, leaving your paper with a papyrus look when it dries. Keep your brush fairly dry and apply the tea sparingly to avoid blurring any artwork. Allow this to dry.

  5. 5

    Tape the ends of the paper to the cardboard tubes using clear packing tape for a durable joint. Reinforce the taped joint by taping on both sides of the paper.

  6. 6

    Roll the scroll up from either end and add a decorative cord, made of braided yarn or upholstery cord to tie a bow around the scroll, holding it closed.

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