Revive a dying art and pen your own Magna Carta

15 April 2015 By Steve Sefton, Buyer - Stationery

Pen and scroll

To mark National Stationery Week (27 April-3 May) we show you a creation to celebrate the power of the written word.

It provides a great opportunity to put down our technology and revive the dying art of handwriting. This year, we also celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, showing how important handwriting was to our country many years ago.

To mark this anniversary and the lost art of handwriting, why not have a go at making your own? This fun activity could be used to engage the younger generation in writing, history and art.

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Create your own Magna Carta 

You will need:

How to make

  1. In a bowl, make the mixture for staining the paper using the tea bags and adding some cold water.
  2. Take a piece of white paper and using the sponge, stain the paper with the tea and water mixture.
  3. Allow sufficient drying time (we recommend overnight).
  4. Using the calligraphy/fountain pens and ink, get children to write on the paper. Perhaps they could write some lines of calligraphy, their own story or about a certain time in history, the choices are endless!
  5. (Optional) To give the paper an extra ancient feel, burn the edges of the paper using a candle (get an adult to do this part, and make sure you stick to health and safety guidelines).
  6. Roll the paper up into a scroll and tie with string or ribbon (cut the string or ribbon with scissors for the required length).

For an easier (and less messy option), you could use our rolly scrolly paper and go straight to step 4.

For more National Stationery Week inspiration, browse our range of over 1,600 stationery products.

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