To get hands-on in our learning about Ancient Egypt this year, we made our own papyrus scroll.
Here's what we did:
I cut some brown mailing paper into two 12x12 squares.
To prep the base of your papyrus, fold one piece in half.
This is what the base piece will look like after you cut straight lines all along.
When all the strips and the base piece are cut, start weaving one strip at a time through the base. Alternate each strip's under/over pattern on the base.
I put a cup of water and a tablespoon of white glue into the base of a broiler pan and mixed it to make a decoupage.
Gently soak the papyrus in the glue mixture.
We added some grass blades to add texture.
See more of what we did with our papyrus here.