How to make an ancient Egyptian headdress

Updated February 21, 2017

In ancient Egypt, deities wore distinct headdresses as a symbol of their power. The features on each headdress help historians tell the difference between former kings and queens, as well as their origins. Although there are several different styles, you can make a unisex ancient Egyptian headdress at home with just a few craft supplies.

Purchase shimmery or metallic gold elastic from a fabric store. If you cannot find elastic, browse the ribbon or trimmings section for something similar. You only need to purchase enough to fit the diameter of your head.

Wrap the ribbon or elastic around your head so that it horizontally crosses the middle of your forehead. Use sewing pins to mark the places where the ribbon passes your temples and the space above your ears.

Tie 25-cm (10-inch) strings of black thread onto the ribbon or elastic at the points that you marked with the sewing pins. There should be two strings of thread on each side of the head that hang downward, towards your shoulders. You also have the option of using thicker string and attaching it with the help of a hot glue gun.

String shiny golden beads onto each thread so that the entire length of it is beaded. You can use beads of any size, according to your personal taste.

Use hair clips to keep the headdress in place. The smaller the pins, the more discreet they will be. Remember to use hair clips that are the same colour as your hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Gold elastic ribbon or headband
  • Black thread
  • Gold beads
  • Hair clips
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Since 2006, Pilar Ethridge has had the pleasure of honing her writing skills as the assistant editor of the newsletter from a Washington, D.C. nonprofit organization. Her interests include children's media, film, American pop culture, crafts, and performing arts in general. Based in Southern California, Ethridge received a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies from the University of California.