How to Make an Egyptian Paper Mache Mask

Updated February 21, 2017

If you are teaching children about ancient Egypt, you can make the history lessons more exciting and interactive by providing the kids with a hands-on activity that is related to the curriculum. For example, you can show the students how they can create an Egyptian mask using a few craft materials that can be found around the classroom. Once finished, you can put on a parade so that the kids can show off their Egyptian masks.

Combine 2 cups of flour, 2 cups of water and 1 cup of salt in a pot.

Heat the mixture until it boils, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer the mixture for five minutes.

Allow the mixture to cool completely.

Cut craft paper into strips that are about 2 inches wide and 6 inches long.

Inflate a large balloon, and tie the end.

Crumple up a piece of craft paper, make it into a 6-inch long roll and tape the roll onto the side of the balloon. The roll will create the Pharaoh's beard.

Wrap craft paper around the bottom of the balloon to make a ledge, and tape it into place with masking tape.

Coat the craft paper strips with the paper mache mixture, and drape the strips over the balloon. Cover the beard roll as well as the balloon. Place four to five layers of paper mache onto the balloon. Let the balloon dry completely.

Pop the balloon with a straight pin. Remove the popped balloon.

Cut around the bottom of the paper mache shell to create a head hole.

Paint the outside of mask using acrylic paints. Use coloured acrylics as well as metallic gold acrylics to make the mask resemble a Pharaoh's mask.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Large balloon
  • Straight pin
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint, coloured
  • Acrylic paint, gold metallic
  • Paintbrush
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