How to Make a Pharaoh's Headpiece From Scratch

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How to Make a Pharaoh's Headpiece From Scratch
Looking like a pharaoh is within reach. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

If you or your child is interested in becoming the king or queen of the Nile or walking like an Egyptian, a pharaoh headpiece is exactly what you need to get a costume started. However, purchasing a costume can get expensive very quickly, which can seem silly when you realise just how simple and cheap it is to make your own pharaoh headpiece at home using a few items that can be found at your local craft and hobby store.

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Things you need

  • 24-inch-by-18-inch piece of fabric
  • Safety pins
  • Cardstock or cardboard
  • Markers
  • 1 yard of ribbon

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  1. 1

    Holding the fabric lengthwise, wrap the bottom of it around your head or your child's head.

  2. 2

    Pull the fabric snug and then pin it into place. Let the fabric coming out of the top of the head drape down the back and sides of the head.

  3. 3

    Draw and colour a cobra's head and upper body on a piece of cardstock. If you want to keep with tradition, colour it gold.

  4. 4

    Fold back about 1/4-inch on the bottom of the cobra and tuck it into the front of the fabric, centred on the forehead.

  5. 5

    Place the ribbon over the seam of the fabric on the forehead as well as the cobra. Wrap it around the head and tie it in the back underneath the extra fabric so it is hidden.

  6. 6

    Remove the safety pins holding the fabric; they will no longer be needed because the ribbon is now securing the headpiece and the cobra.

Tips and warnings

  • Most headpieces use fabric that is striped. While there are many colours to chose from, a popular option is black and gold striped.

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