The Scripture Scroll

The Scripture Scroll

For this activity, I used

  • a roll of paper from Ikea
  • two old wooden rolling pins from eBay
  • wood glue
  • pencil
  • hacksaw
  • tape measure
  • square
  • sandpaper
  • tape
  • scrap piece of fabric
  • sew on velcro

I wanted something that the students could use to record their thoughts and impressions about the Old Testament that would seem significant — not a throw away item.  I decided to make a scroll.

Now, I took pictures while I was making this, but it was ages ago and I have no idea where that is now….  So anyway, you’ll just have to believe me when I describe what I did.

Step 1 – Measure the paper.  Warning! Don’t unwrap the paper roll until after it’s cut! With a tape measure, measure the length of the wide wooden center part of the shortest rolling pin.  Subtract 1 inch from this measurement.  Mark this new length in 5-6 places on the paper roll so that you will get a roll of paper the right size for your scroll.  Trace a line completely around the  paper roll in pencil or with a permanent marker.

Step 2 – Cut the paper. Now, following the line you drew, cut the roll of paper with the hacksaw.  If you leave the plastic paper on the paper roll, cutting is easy.

Step 3 – Cut off a short length of paper. If you use all the paper on the roll, you will make a VERY FAT mutant scroll.  Cut off a length of 40-50 feet of paper.

Step 3 – Glue the paper on the rolling pins.  This was the hardest part.  I tried to eyeball the gluing, and it was very hard.  Here’s how I think you should do it:

  1. First, rough up the surface of the rolling pins.  You want to make sure that there are breaks or scratches in the surface so that the glue will stick well.
  2. Use a square and pencil to mark a straight line that runs the long way on each rolling pin.
  3. Next use the square to cut your paper on each end so that it’s also perfectly square.
  4. Tape the paper to the rolling pin so that the square end lines up perfectly with the line you drew on the rolling pin.
  5. Now that the paper is in place, run some lines of glue around the rolling pin.
  6. Carefully roll the pin over the glue so that the paper sticks to the rolling pin.  Be careful to keep the paper as square as possible.
  7. Let the glue dry.
  8. Repeat with the other rolling pin.
  9. Now that the glue is dry, you can remove the tape.  Or leave it.  Doesn’t really matter.
  10. Run a second line of glue around the rolling pin.
  11. Carefully roll the pin over the glue so that the paper sticks to the itself.  This step is to help the scroll be stronger.  Be careful to keep the paper as square as possible.
  12. Repeat with the other rolling pin.

Step 4 – Make a strap.  This scroll will be impossible to store if you don’t make a little strap.  Once your scroll is rolled up, wrap a scrap piece of fabric around the scroll.  Include 2 inches for overlap.  Sew a strap and put some velcro on the strap to make it easy to open and close your scroll.

The total cost on this scroll was somewhere around $20.00.  The rolling pins were the most expensive part.  If you buy a group, or “lot” of rolling pins they are a lot cheaper. You won’t get rolling pins that match each other, but they look cool anyway.  Here’s what the finished scroll looked like:


You’ll notice that I’ve got pictures going in two directions on the scroll.  When we use this during class, I roll the scroll out and TAPE the pins to the table by the handles on each end.  Then students sit on each side of the table and draw their pictures.

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