How to Make a Scroll

How to Make a Scroll Activity

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Celebrate our founding fathers and the parchment they wrote on with this DIY scroll project. Infamous documents like the Declaration of Independene and the Constitution were written on paper scrolls, and now your child can get in on the historical tradition!

What You Need:

  • Brown paper bag
  • Black pen
  • Scissors
  • White glue
  • Red yarn

What You Do:

  1. Have your child cut the brown paper bag into a long rectangle. The width of the rectangle should be about the same width as a normal sheet of notebook paper, but the length should be much longer. (If she wants a super long scroll, she can try using two or more paper bags).
  2. Show her how to furl, bend and wrinkle her paper. This will soften and crinkle the texture so that it resemble old parchment our founding fathers used to write on.
  3. If your child could write a famous document that would be read by people all over the world, what would she want it to say? Brainstorm some ideas with her before letting her use a black pen to write directly on the paper. Make sure she writes on only one side!
  4. Have her use scissors to cut a piece of red yarn approximately six inches long.
  5. Let her roll up her paper with the written side on the inside.
  6. For the final touch, help your child use the strip of yarn to securely close her scroll. Now she's ready to display her beautiful project anywhere she likes!
Updated on Jan 31, 2013
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