How to make an Egyptian pharaoh headdress

Updated April 17, 2017

In Ancient Egypt, the rulers of the land -- known as pharaohs -- wore special headdresses. These headdresses were decorated with important images and hieroglyphics that represented each pharaoh individually. Creating your own Egyptian pharaoh headdress is simple. You can use it as part of a Halloween costume or create several at a time to serve as children's party hats. Customise your headdress with images and colours that represent you or match a preset theme.

Measure the circumference of your head. Mark the length on the coloured paper. Cut out a band that fits around your head. Use more than one sheet of paper to achieve the length if necessary. Make the width of the band at least 60 mm (two inches).

Attach the pieces of the band with tape if you cut more than one. Refrain from closing the band. Let it lay flat.

Draw a half circle on the card stock with a diameter of 12 cm (eight inches). Create a design within the half circle with the markers. Draw simple stripes, circles and shapes or create a picture or several images. Choose something you find appealing and that you feel represents you.

Cut out the half circle. Apply glue to the straight-edged bottom of the circle. Position the straight edge of the half circle against the middle portion of the head band. Push the half circle firmly, attaching it to the band.

Choose images and hieroglyphics to add to the headdress. Attach stickers or shiny gems around the band and on the half circle. Glue glitter or use glitter pens to add shine to the headdress.

Allow the glue and glitter to thoroughly dry on the headdress. Tape the two ends of the band together. Fit the band around your forehead.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric tape measure
  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Card stock
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Decorations
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