Egyptians recorded information and text on rolled up paper called
scrolls. Scrolls were made from papyrus, a plant that
grows on the banks of the Nile River. Make your own scroll and
paint a message on it in
newspaper to cover your work area
2 sheets of thick paper towels
plastic bowl or container
1 cup of water
1 1/2 tablespoons of white glue
8 blades of grass
paints and brush
piece of string
- Spread the newspaper over your work area.
- Mix the water and glue into
the bowl. Stir with spoon.
- Cut the paper towels into 3/4 inch
- Tear a sheet of plastic wrap about 15 inches long and
spread it on the newspaper.
- Take one paper strip, dip it into
the mixture of water and glue, and place it on the plastic
- Take another paper strip,
dip it in the mixture and place it vertically, slightly overlapping
the previous strip
the far left side.
- Continue by following the
diagram until all the strips have been used.
- Put the blades
of grass in the mixture, take them out and spread them over
- Take another piece of plastic wrap and
spread it over the finished piece of
- Place a heavy book over the plastic
and let sit for an hour. Take the
book and top layer of plastic off
- Peel off the plastic.
Now paint a hieroglyph or design on your papyrus.
When the paint
is dry, roll up your scroll
and tie the string around it.