Directions for an Egyptian Pharaoh Costume

Updated April 17, 2017

Making an Egyptian pharaoh costume is a simple and quick costume for any occasion. Although you will need to spend some time building the headdress, the basics of the costume involve only a white cloth and some costume jewellery. Once you have made the headdress, you can reuse it whenever you are stuck for costume ideas. This outfit will make you stand out from the party without having to put in a great deal of effort.

Roll a piece of thin cardboard into a cone shape, so that the opening at the bottom is large enough to fit your head into. The card can be made from an old cereal box, or thin cardboard or card stock bought from a craft store. Tape the cone so that it holds its shape. Tape a semicircle of card onto the front of the cone so that the flat edge points down. Paint the front of the semicircle in a combination of blue and gold stripes. Glue cheap costume jewels to the headdress.

Wrap a piece of white material around yourself. If you are a woman, wrap it around your entire body and knot it to the side. For a male pharaoh, wrap it around your waist and knot it to the side. Wear a gold chain around your waist which hangs down the front of your white material.

Paint a toilet roll black and glue it to your chin to create a pharaoh-style beard using theatre glue. Alternatively, use double sided body tape to attach it to your face.

Paint heavy eyeliner onto your eyes, whether you are male or female. Extend the eyeliner lines out to the side of your face for an authentic Egyptian look. Wear as much jewellery as you can find to make yourself look regal. Wear sandals or go barefoot.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Blue paint
  • Gold paint
  • Black paint
  • Costume Jewelry
  • Theatre glue
  • White cloth
  • Double-sided body tape
  • Toilet roll
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Emile Heskey has been a professional writer since 2008, when he began writing for "The Journal" student newspaper. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in modern history and politics from Oxford University, as well as a Master of Science in Islamic and Middle Eastern studies from Edinburgh University.