How to make an Ancient Egyptian costume

Shabtis from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

© Metropolitan Museum

    • Help! You need an Ancient Egyptian outfit for school tomorrow and it's got to be easy to make… But don't worry because here's our simple, no-sew, Show Me version…

      A photograph showing two children in Egyptian costumes
      For the no-sew tunic you will need:

      • An old white sheet (that your parents don't mind you cutting up!),
      • sewing scissors
      • measuring tape.

      Get a grown-up to measure you for the length of your outfit to just below your knee.

      A photo of a person measuring a white sheet with a tape measure.
      For our 9 year old models, we cut a metre in length and 70cm for the width.

      A white sheet with the corner cut out.
      Fold the material lengthwise in half and cut a quarter shape out of the folded corner for your neck hole as shown in the photo (see left).

      Just use a belt round your waist to secure your tunic in place.

      Egyptian Accessories

      Now you have your basic costume, you need some accessories to really made you look like an Egyptian. You can find out how to make or

      Head dress

      We glued pumpkin seeds along a strip of card and then painted it gold for the headdress but you can just create a pattern with felt tip pens.

      Photo showing a make and do Ancient Egyptian headdress with pumpkin seeds painted gold as a decoration.
      Good luck making your outfit.

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