How to Make a Scroll Craft

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Paper scrolls date back to ancient Egypt. They were used for long documents written in ink. Over the years, scrolls have become outdated for ways of communication. However, they make for a fun and educational craft.

How to Make a Craft Scroll
How to Make a Craft Scroll (Image: Angie Diersman)

Supplies Needed

  • 2 Paper towel tubes
  • Rolled kraft paper or recycled paper grocery bags
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • White glue
  • Ribbon
Supplies
Supplies (Image: Angie Diersman)

Trim the Tubes

Kraft paper rolls come in many different sizes. If your paper towel tubes are wider than your paper, you’ll need to trim the tubes down with scissors to the same width. You can also use recycled paper grocery bags instead of kraft paper. If you are using a bag, cut the paper down the sides to open it up lengthwise. Trim the paper to the width of your tubes.

Trim the paper tubes to fit the paper.
Trim the paper tubes to fit the paper. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Apply Glue Onto Paper Tube

Apply white glue directly to one of the paper towel tubes.

Apply glue.
Apply glue. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Cover the Tube with Paper

Roll the top of the paper over the tube. Make sure it's lined up straight. Apply another line of glue onto the paper. Continue to roll until the paper completely covers the tube.

Cover the tube with paper.
Cover the tube with paper. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Glue the Opposite Side

If you’re using a roll of paper, spread the paper out so you have enough for the entire scroll. Trim it off the roll. Now, repeat the gluing process on the opposite side.

Glue a tube to the opposite side.
Glue a tube to the opposite side. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Decorate Your Scroll

Once it dries, it can be decorated. Write a note or draw a picture. You can also add color, additional paper or stickers.

Decorate the scroll.
Decorate the scroll. (Image: Angie Diersman)

Tie with a Ribbon

Add a ribbon for the finishing touch. Roll each side towards the center and tie with a ribbon or string.

Tie with a ribbon.
Tie with a ribbon. (Image: Angie Diersman)
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