How to make an Egyptian pharaoh hat

Updated July 20, 2017

Ancient pharaohs were known for wearing a headdress called a "nemes" when out in public. Creating a pharaoh headdress for your child is easy to do and can be used for a Halloween costume, school party, or for pretend play. By creating this unusual headpiece with your child, you can help them discover an interest in ancient Egyptian history.

Measure the circumference of your child's head. Cut out a 4-cm (1.5-inch) wide piece of poster board that is 5 cm (2 inches) longer than the circumference. Staple the ends together to create a headband.

Cut out a 30-cm (1-foot) long cobra snake shape from the cardboard. The cobra was a symbol of magical animal powers. Cover the snake in aluminium foil and bend the head of the snake forward.

Staple the cobra to the headband you already created.


A pillow sham is the appropriate size and works well for the fabric. Instead of covering the cobra in foil, allow your child to paint and decorate the snake.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Poster board
  • Aluminium foil
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Striped fabric, 60 by 75 cm (24 by 30 inches)
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Elizabeth Black is a middle school educator and freelance writer who lives in Cookeville, Tenn. She has been writing on education-related topics since 2008. Black holds a Bachelor of Science in multidisciplinary studies from Tennessee Technological University.