Ancient Scroll Letter

Introduction of Scrolls :


  • A scroll or roll, is a length of papyrus, leather, parchment, or paper, on which writing is preserved and which is stored in a rolled form.
  • It is most often made by fastening several pieces together, with glue, thread, or thongs.
  • The scroll is usually unrolled so that one page is exposed at a time, for writing or reading, with the remaining pages rolled up to the left and right of the visible page. It is unrolled from side to side, and the text is written in lines from the top to the bottom of the page.
  • Scrolls were the first form of editable record keeping texts, used in Eastern Mediterranean ancient Egyptian civilizations. Parchment scrolls were used by several early civilizations before the codex, or bound book with pages, was invented by the Romans and popularized by Christianity.

1) How to make roll holders ?

Materials required :

  • 2 Broom sticks / straw / branch of any plant
  • Scissors
  • 6 A4 size rough paper / news paper
  • Glue
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic fabric color / nail paint (Brown color)

Steps :

  • Take two broom sticks.Cut the end and adjust the length of 29 cm.

  • Take 3 A4 size papers to make thick roll holder.Join them with glue to make single paper.

  • Apply glue at the edge of paper and fix a broom stick here.Roll it tightly.

  • Also apply glue at extreme end of paper. Roll it and fix the extreme end of paper. Let it dry.

  • Repeat these steps to make another roll holder.Then paint end part of the roll holders.

Tips :

  • Take sticks or branch as straight and thick(similar to pencil) as possible.
  • You can use more or less numbers of papers as per required thickness of roll holder.
  • Roll the paper at the middle position of roll holder in order to leave out equal spaces at both ends.
  • Paint the rod with color(dark brown) having shade like wooden piece.

2) How to make end rings?

Materials required :

  • 12 quilling strips (size – 5 mm ,color-any )
  • Glue
  • Quilling tool (optional)
  • Acrylic fabric color / nail paint (Brown color)

Steps :

  • Take 3 quilling strips and join each other with glue and make single long strip.

  • Insert strip into quilling tool,roll it tightly and fix the end part with glue.

  • Make other 3 rings in a similar way.Then paint them.

Tips :

  • If you don’t have quilling strips then make it from any paper by cutting in size of 0.5 cm * 44 cm.
  • Paint the rod with color(dark brown) having shade like wooden piece.
  • Roll the quilling strips tightly.
  • Remember rings’ size (diameter) should be such that, they will not become obstacle to roll the scroll completely.

3) How to make a Thread to tie a scroll letter ?

Materials required :

  • Rope / thick thread / woolen thread
  • Scissors
  • Comb
  • Acrylic fabric color / nail paint (Brown color)

Steps :

  • Take a rope of length 55 cm.Make a knot at 3.5 cm from the end and untwist the rope.

  • Separate every thread by hand.Comb them very gently with thin tooth comb.

  • Now tassel is ready.Make same tassel at other end of rope. Paint the rope with fabric color. Cut uneven part of both ends with scissors to make them even.

4) How to make an ancient paper / old paper?

Materials required :

  • A3 size drawing paper or any thick paper
  • 2 spoons tea / coffee / 2 tea bag
  • 250 ml / 1 cup water
  • Strainer
  • Gas stove
  • Vessel for boiling tea
  • Cotton cloth / tissue
  • Large dish
  • Blow dryer / microwave / sunlight

Steps :

  • Boil tea in water for 5-10 min. Strain it in large and shallow dish.


  • Let it cool down for easy handling. Dip A3 size paper completely in tea water.


  • Take it out and place on a flat surface or floor. Remove excess water from paper with gentle press using cotton clothes.Don’t rub.


  • Completely dry it with blow dryer or microwave or put it under direct sunlight. Our tea stained dry paper is ready. It really looks like an old ancient paper.


  • Roll it uniformly and burn both the ends very low flame. Be careful that paper should not catch fire.


  • Gently remove black part(burnt part o edges).


  • Roll from both the end.

  • Flatten the paper. Then place & stick a roll holder at end.


  • Roll the paper over roll holder and fix it with glue. Repeat same for the other end.


  • Stick 4 rings at all the ends of roll holders.

Tips :

  • Try this method with rough paper first.
  • Boil tea until it releases color.
  • Dry the paper as soon as possible.
  • While drying just gently press with cloth if you rub then paper layer will be torn a part.

5) Tips for writing a letter :

  • Write a letter after an old paper is made and before attaching roll holders.
  • Draw horizontal lines with pencil.Keep distance of 1 cm between every lines.
  • Also draw left and write Margin with pencil. Then start writing.
  • Select a color (red/brown/dark brown etc) of pen such that it looks like an ancient.
  • Write a letter in an ancient looking font style.(Here it’s cursive.)
  • Use a pen with little thick point(similar to CD marker).

6) Tips to tie hangings(tassels) at the ends of roll holder (Optional):

  • Tie ready made hangings at the ends of upper roll holder.

  • You can make it at home also.

Our letter is ready 😊


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