Create your own calligraphy scroll with this simple tutorial! Scrolls are a lovely way to warm up a wall and add a seasonal touch on a budget.
Hello friends! I hope that you all had a restful Labor Day weekend. Although we technically have a few weeks of summer left, Labor Day weekend often feels like a gateway to autumn. Personally I’ve been daydreaming about cozy fall decor for weeks, and I have many ideas to share, so let’s just get started today! Grab a mug of your favorite fall drink and keep reading for some autumn inspiration.
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DIY Calligraphy Scroll Materials
- Kraft paper roll. I used a Plain Kraft Jumbo Roll from Current Catalog, but there are many options on Amazon such as this and this.
- Fine point permanent marker
- Twine or string. Anything sturdy will do!
- Bobby pins or paper clips to hold the bottom roll in place
- A flattened cardboard box, newspapers, or poster board to write on. This is a precaution so you don’t stain your floor/table with marker!
DIY Calligraphy Scroll Directions
Begin by rolling out your Kraft paper to the size you desire; you may need to use a few heavy objects to hold it open. Be sure to leave some excess to create the bottom roll. Using paperclips or bobby pins, secure the bottom roll in place. (You can see my bobby pin in the bottom right corner of the photo above.) You can always adjust the bottom roll after hanging.
*Important: Place your flattened box or other lining under the scroll to prevent your permanent marker from leaching onto your floor or table! I used a Target box, because I always have lots of those 😉
Now comes the fun part, designing your quote! I chose a line from one of my favorite novels, The Great Gatsby. Use a seasonal or inspirational quote that makes you smile. Here are a few other fall quotes I love:
I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. -L.M. Montgomery
Autumn… the year’s last, loveliest smile. -William Cullen Bryant
Once you have chosen your quote, draw it out in pencil, then trace the pencil carefully with your permanent marker. If you haven’t practiced calligraphy in the past, have no fear! Just write in cursive. We will spiff it up in the next step. (If you are having trouble nailing down your writing style or layout, practice on a sheet of paper first!)
Next comes the magical step, where we turn regular handwriting into “calligraphy”! The basic idea is to thicken any line that is a downstroke. Go back through your quote, letter by letter, and thicken any line where your pen moves downward.
Suddenly your writing looks a lot more fancy! This step requires some patience, but try to move slowly and be consistent with the thickness of your downstrokes.
Tada! Erase the pencil and you are just about finished.
The final step is to thread your twine through the top roll so that you can hang your scroll. You may need to tape the end of the twine to a pencil and shimmy it through the top roll, if the hole is a bit small. I doubled my twine up to make it stronger (so I threaded it through the top roll twice). Then I trimmed and tied the twine, and slid the big “loop” of twine so that the knot was hidden inside the top roll.
Hang your scroll with a picture hook or nail appropriate for your wall. Then step back and enjoy!
One of my favorite things about this calligraphy scroll is that you can easily change the quote for a new season or occasion. Just roll up the bottom part of the scroll so that it hides your first quote, clip/pin the bottom roll in place, and start again. I already have two quotes on my scroll; you can see my Ralph Waldo Emerson quote here!
(Update: Book bundle tutorial here!)
Thank you so much for stopping by today, friends! I’m looking forward to sharing more autumn-inspired decor, so check back soon!