Thursday, April 10, 2008

Create Your Own Ancient Egyptian Mask

I posted five articles about ancient Egyptian art (read them here: 1,2,3,4,5) but I didn’t post any projects. That was silly. I’ll post a second project tomorrow.

Today, I’ll show you how to create your own ancient Egyptian mask. Egyptians never would have worn these masks when they were alive. Masks were tucked into the wrappings of mummies before they were put into tombs. You can enjoy yours now, though.

Supplies Needed:

Paper Plate
Construction Paper in several colors
Large Tongue Depressor
Glue Stick
Red and Black Markers

I cut an oval out of cardboard but you should use a paper plate instead. It will be much easier to cut the eye holes!

Begin by choosing construction paper colors. I used red and blue but any two colors will work. Draw one side of your headdress onto a piece of construction paper. You will need to use the entire length of the construction paper. When you are happy with the way it looks, cut it out. Then trace it and cut out a second copy. You now have both sides of your headdress.
On another piece of construction paper, trace the top part of your paper plate to create a half circle. Cut out the half circle and glue it to the top of your paper plate.
Cut strips of your other color and use them to decorate the headdress of your mask. Next, draw the eyes onto your paper plate. The eye holes should be about the size of a quarter. Have an adult cut out the eye holes. Draw the rest of the features of the face, then trace the lines with your markers.
Glue the sides of the headdress to the back of the plate. Tape a tongue depressor to the bottom of your mask so you can hold the mask over your face. If you choose, decorate the tongue depressor to look like a beard.

Now you too can be an ancient Egyptian pharaoh!

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PeterParis said...

You are really full of good creative ideas!

Anonymous said...

we have been working on egypt. Love your idea on the mask. If you have any more projects, i would love to read about them

Jessica said...

I'm glad you liked the mask. Another project will post on Monday. I hope you enjoy that one, too. Thanks for your comment and happy crafting!

Zack Hanah said...

Awesome! great idea!
My son loves it! SOOOO easy to make also. Once again, thanks!!!

Banana Teacher said...

You have made my evening. Thanks for the mask design.

Desperate Teacher with Class Assembly to Organise

Avijit said...

awesome idea...working on a play at school...its a big help!!