How to Make an Obelisk

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How to Make an Obelisk
The Washington Monument is an example of an obelisk. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

An obelisk is a long, slender monument that was erected by ancient Egyptians in front of a pylon, or the ornate gateways to a temple. There are four sides to an obelisk, with the top pointed and shaped like a pyramid.Only a handful of the original obelisks survive today, but a few similarly-shaped monuments stand today, such as the Washington Monument. They are fairly easy to make on your own as decoration or for children to learn about ancient Egyptians. Only a few common supplies are needed.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Printer, if necessary
  • Markers and paint, if necessary

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  1. 1

    Print out an obelisk template or cut out one of your own liking using construction or other paper.

  2. 2

    Cut out the obelisk template from the paper.

  3. 3

    Fold along each line, applying pressure to make a crease in the paper.

  4. 4

    Decorate each of the four sides, if you desire. This step is optional.

  5. 5

    Use tape or glue to adhere the two ends of the cutout. Stand up and allow to dry completely before moving.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to display your obelisk for a long period of time, you may want to glue the bottom down to something heavier, like a thick piece of cardboard. This will ensure that it does not get easily knocked over.

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