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How to make an Ancient Egyptian mummy and case Part 1

July 28 2009

With the help of the Usborne book Egyptian things to make and do by Emily Bone, we've got a fantastic Ancient Egyptian mummy and case for you to make yourself.

Showing a colourful book cover with two Ancient Egyptian gods and Egyptian things to make and do as the title.


Scroll down the page for
Part 1 How to make a mummy


Part 2 How to make a mummy case is a clickable link away.


Picture courtesy Usborne Publishing

Ancient Egyptian mummy and case big tip!

Spread your make and do mummy and case activity over a couple of days. One day, you'll spend a couple of hours doing all the gluing bits, then leave it all to dry over night so you can paint and decorate your mummy case the next day.

Unless otherwise stated all pictures © Rachel Hayward

Showing a child decorating a make and do mummy case.

Showing the materials needed for a make and do mummy and case including scissors, paints, brushes, pens, white card, paper towels and tin foil.

You will need:

tin foil / paper towels / a pair of scissors / paint brushes and paints / a black permanent pen and a gold pen / pva glue / white card / a ruler / gold tissue paper / sticky tape (we used masking tape) /
an adult to help you with some bits!

Part 1 How to make a mummy

1. For the mummy's head, scrunch up a piece of tin foil into a ball. Then scrunch up a larger piece of tin foil into a sausage shape for the body.

2. Scrunch up four thin sausage shapes (about the length of the body) for the arms and legs. Then roll a small foil shape for the feet.

3. Put the parts of the mummy in the middle of a large piece of tin foil like this (see photo).

Then carefully wrap up the mummy.

Showing a tin foil mummy.

Showing a paper towel being cut up into finger width strips and then soaked in water to be wrapped around a make and do mummy.


4. Rip or cut up about 20 strips (about the width of your finger) of paper towel.

Soak the strips in a shallow dish of water until they're wet. We used a tray.


5. Lay the mummy on a plastic foodwrap or surface it won't stick to or damage because the mummy will get wet when you start wrapping it in the bandages (strips of wet paper towels).

Then wrap the mummy with the strips of paper towels. Do this slowly and carefully until the mummy is completely covered. Leave to dry.

Showing a bandaged make and do mummy drying on a plastic sheet.

6.When the mummy is dry, you can brush white glue over the 'bandages' to secure them. Leave to dry.

Now click on the link for Part 2 How to make a mummy case

Usborne have kindly given us 5 copies of Egyptian things to make and do as prizes to kids who send in photos of their own amazing Ancient Egyptian make and dos such as the mummy and mummy case.

So get creative and then get in touch! Don't forget to include your name, age and address details.

Click on this link for full competition rules.

We can't wait to see what you make and who knows, you might be a lucky winner of one of the books.

For more Egyptian fun, try Show Me's Ancient Civilisations topic page.

By Rachel Hayward