If you’ve been on Instagram or Pinterest lately, you’ve probably seen a scroll sign somewhere in the feeds. They are pretty popular right now and I can see why. These scroll signs add such charm to your farmhouse decor, or any decor for that matter, and they are easy and cost-effective to make. They sell them on Etsy if DIY isn’t your thing, but I promise this is too easy not to try.
The best thing about them is that they can be personalized to say whatever you’d like. Or maybe even better than that is that you can make one for less than $10 and it’s super duper easy! You probably already have most of what you need. Ready to get started?
How to Make a Scroll Sign:
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Sharpie or Paint Pen
2 Paper Clips
Steps to Make Scroll Sign:
Okay, I’m going to start with the most difficult step first so we can go ahead and get it out of the way. Decide what you want your sign to say. It’s a real struggle y’all. There are so many cute sayings and when you go to Pinterest or Instagram for some inspo, it just confuses you even more because they are all so darn cute.
The wonderful thing is that you have an entire roll of kraft paper, which is good for two reasons: 1) if you mess up, just cut it off and roll out more paper to start over and 2) as the season changes, cut off your old saying and pull down some new paper to write something fresh. I had the one below for Christmas and then changed it out to my current one.
Cut a piece of jute about 65 inches (or shorter if you are making a smaller scroll). Thread it through the roll of the kraft paper and tie it in a knot. Roll it around until the knot is on the inside of your roll and can’t be seen. This is how you will hang your scroll.
Determine how long you want your scroll to be. Consider where you are going to hang it and what you are going to write on it to best determine the size. Unroll your kraft paper to your desired size onto a flat surface. You may need to place an object on the bottom to hold it down while you write.
Use a pencil to draw out your words (unless you are a pro at handlettering – if so, I’m jealous!). Since y’all are my buddies, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I have a horrible handwriting. Like really bad. My sister was blessed with the beautiful handwriting so when I need something written pretty, I call upon her. So there you have it. If you don’t have a pretty handwriting, there are other options – call on a friend, use a stencil, or if you are lucky enough to have a Cricut or Silhouette Cameo, you could use vinyl letters.
Once you have traced out your letters in pencil, go back with a sharpie or paint pen and color them in, making the downstrokes a littler thicker and darker (this gives it a calligraphy look).
When done, roll the bottom of the scroll up a few times and add a paper clip to each end to hold it in place. You could also use a little glue to keep it in place. If you have a problem with your paper wanting to roll back up, place a small weighted item in the bottom roll to hold it down. I shoved a candlestick in mine to give it a little weight and keep it in down. Hey, you gotta work with what ya got.
So who’s been inspired to make a scroll sign? Isn’t this just the best DIY ever!? Cheap, easy and so stinkin’ cute! Hey, if you make one, I’d love for you to tag me on Instagram so I can see it.
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” -Dieter Uchtdorf
Be blessed friends, and have a wonderful weekend!
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Crystal F. says
Love how you put the lights around your Christmas scroll! My daughter and I made one for Christmas and it can out beautiful. When taking it down, we cut some extra from the top and rolled it up and placed in a poster tube for safe keeping. We will be using it again so I did not want to ruin it.
Thank you, Crystal! I would love to see the one you and your daughter made. If you are on Instagram, I’d love for you to tag me. That’s such a great idea to store it in a poster tube! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!!
This looks great Heather! I love it and you made it seem so easy. I also love the candles on your mantle. Very pretty!
Thank you, Wendy! It really is a simple project. Especially if you have a pretty handwriting. 🙂