How to Make a King Tut Headdress

Updated April 17, 2017

The tomb of Tutankhamen was first uncovered by a British archeologist in 1922. It revealed the remarkably well-preserved mummified body of King Tut, the boy king of Egypt who died at the age of 19. King Tut is perhaps best known for his traditional "nemes" headdress, a gold and navy striped head cloth that fits tight across the forehead and drapes down over the shoulders. Creating your own King Tut headdress is both simple and inexpensive.

Drape fabric over your head so it falls below your shoulders. If your fabric is striped, drape it so the stripes run horizontal at the sides of your face. Mark fabric at approximately 6 inches below each shoulder.

Lay fabric on a flat surface. Draw a line connecting where you marked. Cut along the line.

Tape horizontal stripes onto your fabric if your fabric is plain navy. Leave 1 inch of bare fabric in between each strip of tape. Paint the exposed fabric with gold fabric paint and let dry. Remove tape. If your fabric is already striped, skip this step.

Fold your piece of gold fabric multiple times to create a long 2-inch strip. This is the head band.

Roll a 12-inch square of tin foil diagonally to create the body of a snake. Mold the foil into a rough "S" shape, flattening the head to resemble that of a cobra.

Place the foil snake outside or in a well-ventilated area and spray with gold spray paint. Let dry.

Attach the snake to the centre of the gold headband by wrapping the end of the tail on the underside of the headband and stapling in place.

Place the fabric headdress over your head. Secure by wrapping the headband around your forehead, making sure the snake is at the centre of your forehead. Have a friend staple the headband at the back and cut off excess fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 yard heavyweight navy and gold striped fabric or navy fabric
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Gold fabric paint (optional)
  • 1/2 yard gold fabric
  • Tin foil
  • Gold spray paint
  • Stapler
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About the Author

Betsy Morgan has been writing and editing professionally since 1995. She has written for publications like "Wired" magazine, "Paper" magazine and She has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Columbia University.