Special Message Scroll Card

I like pretty little packages much better than just a card in an envelope, so we have tried to come up with all sorts of "special occasion" cards or messages for our family and friends. Three dimensional cards in little boxes are nice, but after a while, even they start to look alike. I made this "card" for my husband.


Approximate Time: 3 hours


  • onion-skin paper or tracing paper
  • Elmer's Glue All
  • tiny paint brush
  • ink pen
  • tiny rice or seed beads or pearls
  • ribbon or other trim that pleases you
  • scrap of vinyl type wallpaper
  • gold or another nice color of acrylic paint
  • scissors and ruler
  • 2 Chinese chop sticks
  • colored embroidery or crochet thread and large-eyed needle


Making the "Cover" or Envelope:

Make a long thin envelope type case which is about 7-8 inches long and 3 inches wide (finished).

Leave the opening at one of the ends and sew the 2 long sides and bottom end with a whip stitch all the way.

Then go back and sew tiny beads or pearls on top of the first stitches. I used a thin green ribbon to sew the first stitches, then threaded the needle with regular thread to do the rice-shaped pearls.


If you remembered to turn down about 1/2 inch at the top, it'll look neater, but if you didn't just make sure to handle it gently.

You may use any other type of decorations you like on your case. It'll look something like a case for eye-glasses when it's done.

Making the Scroll Card

Cut the two chopsticks so that they end up being about an inch longer than the envelope case. You want the sticks to stick up a little above the case.

Now, cut the onion-skin or tracing paper as long as you want it to be to write all your message on it.

Cut it about 3/4 inch narrower than the chop sticks and glue the chop sticks at either end of your message paper. Allow it all to dry.


Write your message and add decorations (paint or ink) to the paper to make it as pretty as you like.

When everything is dry, roll the chop sticks toward the middle of the paper they're glued to. You will end up with a rolled scroll.

You can paint the ends of the chop sticks gold if you like. Be sure to write, "I Love You" at the end of your message. :-)

Any questions, just ask, and I'll do my best to help you.

By Pookarina/Julia from Boca Raton, FL

September 22, 20100 found this helpful

How unique. Thanks for sharing.

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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

Our family enjoys crafting of all kinds, including card-making. I must say this is one very different "greeting card", and I love it. I might not take the time to make one for everyone on my list, but for my husband, and his special love of sentimentality, I would sure give it a good try.

I was thinking if I can't find "scraps" of vinyl wallcovering, I might use a cereal box cut to the right shape and size, cover it with something like satin and end up with a suitable scroll case. The scroll itself will be easy enough. You have got my creative juices flowing again! LOL

Thank you for sharing. I really like it a lot.


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September 24, 20100 found this helpful

Love it. This is way more than "just a card", and will be fun to make for someone very special.

Thanks for the idea.


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September 24, 20100 found this helpful

This looks like a very nice project for my Girl Scout Troop. We are always looking for things to do around a table or campfire. The Scroll Card could be given to their parents at Christmas too as we are talking about "Being Thankful" for all the things we have right now. We are already making Turkey Centerpieces using construction paper for Thanksgiving. I'll have to find some vinyl wallcovering somewhere, but that shouldn't be too difficult with all the fall sales going on in home-supply stores right now.

Here I sit, thinking out loud. Time for coffee.

Thank you Pookarina


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September 24, 20100 found this helpful

It looks very much like a Torah found in a Jewish synagogue.

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September 28, 20100 found this helpful

What a great idea for someone really special. Thank you for sharing this.


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