How to Make a Pharaoh Mask Out of Paper

Updated April 17, 2017

The masks of the ancient pharaohs have long captured the imaginations of artists and craft makers. The originals were crafted from gold and other expensive materials to accompany the pharaoh into the next world, and would have taken hours of skilled workmanship. But that doesn't mean you can't create your own spectacular pharaoh-inspired mask at home. All you need to begin is a paper plate and you can start to create your own version of the masks worn by the Ancient Egyptian rulers.

Place your paper plate in the centre of a sheet of gold card stock a trace around it with a pencil. Draw a bell shape around the circle you just sketched. It should stick out about 5 inches on each side of the plate at the widest point. This will be the headdress for the mask.

Cut out the headdress using scissors. Cut out the centre of the circle you traced from your plate, leaving a 1-inch border inside the circle.

Cut out two eye holes from the paper plate. Face the plate face upside-down and paint the back of it with gold craft paint. Paint a blue outline around the eye holes and use blue paint to sketch the outline of the nose and lips.

Paint a layer of glue around the border of the circle you cut from the headdress. Place the plate over it with the painted side facing up so the rim of the plate sits over the glued border. Press down gently around the rim of the plate with your fingers and let it dry.

Cut a triangular shape from gold card stock and glue it, pointing down, on the chin of the mask to make a beard.

Cut strips of blue paper and glue them onto the headdress around the mask for decoration.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plate
  • Gold card stock
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Blue paper
  • Gold craft paint
  • Blue craft paint
  • Paintbrushes
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Mary Stewart has been a news and features journalist since 2000. Her work has appeared in U.K. national newspapers and magazines, including "The Times (of London)," "The Sunday Telegraph," "The Mail on Sunday" and "The Guardian". She has a B.A. in journalism from Napier University.