Making a simply Egyptian costume out of a pillowcase may be a fun craft to try, whether you're studying ancient Egypt with your kids or just need something to do. For authenticity and costume decorating inspiration, read about ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics before you begin. With hieroglyphics, a picture represents each letter or sound in the alphabet. Choose to highlight a single hieroglyphic or string a series of them together to spell out a word or name.
Hold the pillowcase so the opening is at the bottom. Cut armholes on each side of the pillowcase near the very top, making sure the holes are large enough a child can manoeuvre her arms through them.
Cut an opening for a neck hole at the top seam of the pillowcase. Make a v-shaped cut in the front side of the costume on the neck hole so a child easily can put her head through the opening.
Use a hot glue gun to attach ribbons in different colours to decorate the seams and openings of the costume. This will prevent fraying at the seams and provide extra decoration.
Have children decorate the costume with ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. They can spell out names or messages on their costume using an alphabet to hieroglyph graph. Have children tell you about the hieroglyphs they chose.
Draw glitter glue around the edges of the hieroglyphs or create simple designs to add sparkle to the costume.
Children can do this craft on their own but should use care and be supervised when handling the hot glue gun.
Tips and warnings
- Children can do this craft on their own but should use care and be supervised when handling the hot glue gun.
Things you need
- White or off-white pillowcases
- Permanent markers
- Ribbon in several colours
- Hot glue gun
- Hieroglyphic images
- Glitter glue