Learn how to make the look of aged paper while creating a patriotic scroll.
- Paint Brushes 25 Pack Assorted Styles
- Hemp Cord
- Watercolor Paint Palette
- Round Dowels Assorted
- Paper Plate or small tray (for glue)
- Craft Glue
- Clear Tape
Step 1. Gather your supplies.
Print and cut out an image of your chosen document. In honor of President’s Day, we used an image of the U.S. Constitution printed from the government website, USHistory.org found here.
Gently crumple your larger paper into a ball. You want to make sure the paper is wadded up tight but gentle enough that you don’t have major rips in the paper.
Unfold the paper to reveal lots of creases. Add water to the Watercolor Paint and paint the entire paper with brown paint and a Large Brush. Tip: Make sure the brown is light in color so it will show up darker in the creases for a unique, aged look.
Pour craft glue onto a paper plate or small tray. Using a foam brush, add glue to the back of the document then glue to the aged paper. Apply glue around the edges as well. Allow to dry.
Place some strips of clear tape on the backside of the bottom edge with the sticky side facing up.
Place a 5/16” Wood Dowel along the sticky edge of the tape. Gently roll the Dowel so the bottom edge of the paper is wrapped around the Dowel.
Add some tape along the edge of the paper, where it meets the Dowel. This will secure the Dowel to the paper, and create a nice finished look.
Repeat Steps 7-9 with the top edge of the paper.
To finish your scroll, tie some white Hemp Cord across the top Dowel for hanging.
Partner this craft with a discussion on documents which are important to country’s history.