How to Make Egyptian Crowns

Written by cyndee kromminga
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These Egyptian crowns are easy to assemble and will top off an Egyptian Pharaoh costume for Halloween or school and church plays. They work well for quick costume changes too, as they are fashioned over a cap. If making these Egyptian crowns for a play, the pattern instructions can easily be altered to create other period headdresses. The larger crowned baseball caps with the venting mesh are the best for this project. They are larger and more squared off. Get the word out and ask for donations if you are making several.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Large crown baseball cap
  • White cotton fabric
  • Gold lame
  • 2-inch-wide gold ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Craft glue
  • Lightweight cardboard
  • Craft foam
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Compass
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Adjust a cap to fit the head while being worn back wards. The back of the cap will be the front of the crown. Pay close attention to the instructions when referring to the "cap" or the "crown".

  2. 2

    Cut a 20-inch square from the white fabric. Lay the square flat on a table.

  3. 3

    Apply hot glue to the inside back of the cap. Lay the cap upside down on top of the white fabric square. Center and fold one edge of the square to the inside edge of the cap and press into the glue to hold.

  4. 4

    Cut a 4-inch square from the craft foam. Round the corners on one side.

  5. 5

    Glue the straight edge of the craft foam even with the cap edge and up the back of the cap (front of the Egyptian crown).

  6. 6

    Flip the white fabric over the cap. Spot glue the fabric to the sides of the cap and top of the bill. Set the cap aside.

  7. 7

    Draw a 1-inch-wide by 4-inch-tall rectangle on the lightweight cardboard. Draw a 2-inch circle on one short end of the rectangle using the compass. Draw a 1/2 inch triangle on top of the circle. Blend all the parts together to shape a serpent pattern. Cut the serpent out.

  8. 8

    Cover one side of the serpent with a thin layer of craft glue. Lay the glue-covered side of the serpent on top of the gold lame. Cut the gold lame around the shape a 1/2 inch larger than the shape. Clip the lame around the curves and in the corners. Glue the lame edges to the back of the shape. Trace the shape of the serpent on more gold lame. Cut out the shape slightly smaller than the drawn lines. Apply a thin layer of craft glue on the back of the serpent. Adhere the gold lame cut out to the back.

  9. 9

    Bend the bottom edge of the serpent 1-inch to the back. Glue the serpent to the front of the Egyptian crown and the folded edge inside.

  10. 10

    Wrap a length of the gold ribbon around the crown, loosely, hot gluing it along the edge. Overlap the ribbon ends in the back and hot glue.

  11. 11

    Place the crown on the head and mark the placement for "sideburns." Cut two pieces of the gold ribbon; 3-inches long. Place the ribbon on the inside of the crown at the marks. Glue the ends a 1/2 inch under the edge of the crown, letting the length of the sideburns hang down.

Tips and warnings

  • For a stiffer side burn, use a wire edged ribbon or cover craft foam with gold lame.

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