How to Make an Ancient Scroll Banner

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Make an ancient-looking scroll using craft supplies.
Make an ancient-looking scroll using craft supplies. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

When you teach children about ancient Rome or Greece, you can make the lessons more exciting and stimulating my showing the kids how to create a topical craft that is related to the curriculum. For example, make an ancient scroll using a few basic materials that can be purchased at any arts and crafts supply store. This enables the kids to see what the ancient peoples would use to send a message long distances.

Things You'll Need

  • Craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Lighter
  • 2 wooden dowels 12 inches long, 1/2 inch thick
  • Tacky glue

Cut a piece of craft paper using scissors into a rectangle that measures 12 inches wide and 48 inches long.

Catch the long edges of the rectangle on fire using a lighter, and allow the fire to burn for three seconds. Blow out the fire, and allow the embers to naturally burn out. This will make the paper rectangle look weathered and ancient.

Squeeze a line of tacky glue along the length of a 12-inch wooden dowel, and press one of the short ends of the paper onto the glue-covered dowel. Allow the glue to dry for 10 minutes.

Squeeze a line of tacky glue along the length of the other 12-inch wooden dowel, and press the other short end of the paper onto the glue-covered dowel. Allow the glue to dry for 10 minutes.

Roll up the two wooden dowels to curl the ancient banner into a scroll.

Tips & Warnings

  • Write onto the scroll using brown paint pens to make the writing look ancient.
  • Keep sharp scissors out of the reach of children.

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