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How to Make a Medieval Scroll

This is a tutorial on how to make a medieval scroll that looks great. I show what materials to use and how to put it together. I give you options for different ways to age the paper and I show you how to make a roll up scroll or a hang on the wall scroll.

There is also a video tutorial on this project at the bottom of the page.


The medieval scroll


Ideas you can put on your scroll:

What you put on your scroll is limited only by your imagination. Here are some examples: A treasure map, a wall calendar, a recipe, a potion, a declaration, game rules, a drawing or picture..

The thing about a scroll is that it tends to be longer than wide and the longer the better. This way it looks good rolled up and even good unrolled. And you can also use it to hang on the wall as in a calendar. In this tutorial we focus on the rolled up type of scroll.

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About Longer Paper

Using regular paper

You can use regular paper, although you want something longer than the typical printer paper. I used a sheet of paper from this art pad and trimmed it to six inches wide. It is 13 inches long. And I also aged it. I have that tutorial on aging right here. It is really quite easy. If you are using paper like this be sure to zip on over and check out that tutorial on how to age paper.

Making Longer paper

But, if you are making your own paper you can easily connect pieces to make a longer scroll piece like this picture shows. You also have the option to make the paper aged and brownish in color as you make it. That tutorial for making paper is here.

You do have the option of filling out your scroll before you mount it all or after you mount it. We made a treasure map.

Cut yourself two dowels at about two inches longer than the width of your scroll. I used 1/4 inch dowels but you have a lot of flexibility in this. The width of the dowels is pretty open to whatever you want.

Glue ornaments on ends

Now glue some kind of ornament onto each end of the two dowels. This can be just about anything. I have these little wooden wheels which are nice.

Star ornaments

We found these little star shaped ornaments which are pretty neat. You can also use buttons for this. Or just carve yourself something out of foam.

Paint it once dried

Ok, once the glue dries you can go ahead and paint things up. We painted the dowels silver and the end wheels brown.

Apply glue to scroll

Ok, apply a line of glue along the top and bottom edges of the scroll.

Glue dowel to scroll

And glue the dowels right to those lines of glue.

Roll up the scroll

Once the glue has set reasonably well you can go ahead and roll those two ends together.

Tie it

Finish it off by wrapping it a few times with leather cord, shoelace or some kind of thick string. Tie it in a bow.

Wax stamping it

We made ours very official by sealing it with wax and a stamp. I have a tutorial on how to make this wax stamper right here.

That's it! Your scroll is done. You are an official scribe of the kingdom.


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