Halloween parties call for spooky decorations, and few items give a creepy feeling more than a life-size mummy hiding in a corner. Whether you position your mummy to hide behind a door or lay it out in a false coffin, it will be a star in your Halloween-themed decor. A mummy is simple enough to make so that schoolchildren can help in its creation. It uses items you may have around the house and inexpensive fabric available at many craft or sewing stores.
Tear unbleached muslin fabric into 2-inch strips. Snip the fabric at the selvedge in 2-inch increments, and tear the fabric across the entire width to create the strips.
Pin the shirt to the trousers at the waist, making sure that the shirt is secure all around and that the centre opening is not pinned closed. Pin the leg openings of the trousers and the sleeve openings in the shirt closed.
Stuff the trousers and shirt with old rags or T-shirts. Add enough stuffing so that the shape of the garments is clearly defined, but not so much that they are totally stiff. Fill this body shape all the way up to the neck opening.
Blow up a balloon until it is about the size of a human head. Tie the neck of the balloon closed. Pin the balloon neck to the stuffing at the top of the shirt opening to keep it in place.
Wrap muslin strips around the balloon, beginning at the top of the head. When you reach the end of a strip of muslin, overlap the next strip to hold the fabric in place. Continue wrapping until you have covered the entire balloon.
Cut out two pieces of black fabric 2 inches by 2 inches and another piece of black fabric that measures 2 inches by 4 inches. Wrap another layer of muslin over the head, crossing the layers to create eye and mouth openings. Lay the black fabric under the muslin as it is being wrapped to simulate dark eye and mouth holes in the face.
Wrap muslin strips down onto the body of the mummy, covering the arms individually, then moving onto the body. Finish wrapping by doing each leg separately. Tuck the fabric ends in at the arm and leg holes.
Leave some of the fabric ends hanging loose at random intervals for a raggedy mummy effect.
Tips and warnings
- Leave some of the fabric ends hanging loose at random intervals for a raggedy mummy effect.