How to Make a King Tut Statue for a School Project

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How to Make a King Tut Statue for a School Project
Tutankhamen was an 18th-dynasty Egyptian pharaoh, often called the Boy King. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

King Tutankhamen (Tut) is one of the most easily-recognisable figures of ancient Egypt. School-age students learning about Egypt and its famous boy king often make replicas of Tut: posters or other drawings; mock sarcophagi with the mummified Tut inside; cardboard or construction paper versions of Tut's burial mask; or small statue versions of the pharaoh. Using modelling clay and craft paints, you can easily make a King Tut statue--the level of detail is subject only to your imagination and artistic skill.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Newspaper or plastic table covering
  • Modelling clay
  • Craft paints
  • Gauze strips (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cover the table or work surface with old newspapers or a plastic table covering to protect the surface.

  2. 2

    Mold the modelling clay into a rough figurine of a man, eight to 10 inches high. Smooth the clay with damp fingers as you go. Add pieces of clay to the figurine to represent a man wearing Egyptian robes; it will look like a man wearing a knee-length skirt with a cinched-in waist.

  3. 3

    Firmly attach small pieces of clay to the head of the figurine to make King Tut's headdress: make a small flat rectangle of clay and attach it to hang down around the head, leaving the face clear; add a small, wormlike shape standing up from the centre of the front. Let the clay figurine dry completely, about two to four hours.

  4. 4

    Paint the dried figurine with craft paints: white for the robes with a gold line for a belt; royal blue and gold stripes for the headdress; gold for the small ornamental snake in the centre front of the headdress. You can add painted black or dark brown sandals and a face if desired. Allow paint to dry for one to two hours.

  5. 5

    Replace paint with gauze strips wrapped around the body of the figurine to represent the mummy version of King Tut.

Tips and warnings

  • Allow longer drying time for large or detailed figurines.

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