Aged Scroll

Recreate an ancient artefact using a clever art technique and simple craft essentials. An ideal activity to complement a lesson about historical objects, it can also help to teach them about the way things age and how we have uncovered lost treasures from that period of time that have taught us about how previous generations lived.

Skill Level

Intermediate

Time to Make

1 hour

Adult Supervision Needed

Yes

How to Make

  1. Take a piece of white A4 paper and scrunch it up so it’s crumpled then unfurl it.
  2. Mix a pea-sized blob of brown paint with water until it’s very diluted - a very very light brown wash the colour of weak tea.
  3. Apply it to one side of the paper with a foam brush, making sure the coverage is very thin by spreading the colourwash out as thinly as possible on the paper. It will look darker in the creases, but that’s how it’s supposed to look so don’t worry.
  4. Leave it to dry, then flip it over onto the other side and repeat until that side is covered too. Leave to dry again.
  5. When dry, lay out the paper so it’s landscape in orientation. Take a straw and line it up on one short side, about a cm from the edge, at a slight diagonal angle. Stick down with glue dots.
  6. Repeat for the other side so the straw is arranged symmetrically to the first.
  7. Then, roll it up from both sides, so the paper on each side curls around the straws, rolling once on one side, then on the other until the rolled up paper ‘tubes’ meet in the middle. Hold it lightly like that and cut a piece of string, long enough to go around the rolled up paper, and glue it horizontally to the back of the scroll with glue dots or a glue gun, so there’s an equal about of string hanging free on each side.
  8. Then pull the ends of the string around the two rolls and secure it in a bow at the front to keep it in place. The scroll can now be unrolled and rolled up.

Top Tip

Although you need to spread the paint very thinly on the paper, try not to go over it too much or it might tear.

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