King Tut Costume Ideas

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King Tut Costume Ideas
King Tut's burial mask is the centrepiece of the King Tut costume. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

King Tut, or Tutankhamen was an Egyptian pharaoh that took the reigns of power at the tender young age of nine. His tomb was unearthed nearly intact in the 1920s, and ever since, he has been a subject of fascination of people the world over. For this reason, dressing as King Tut for costume parties and Halloween is rather common.

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Burial Mask

The burial mask or headpiece that was found in King Tut's tomb is the centrepiece of the costume. You can make a replica of the burial mask with cardboard, paint, glue and plastic gems. To do this, simply cut a large oval from a piece of cardboard. Cut a smaller oval in the centre of the large oval so you can stick your face in it. Use gold and blue paint to make the stripes around the mask. Glue plastic gems around the bottom edges of the mask. Attach a plastic or rubber snake to the top centre of the mask.


King Tut was mummified in his tomb, so you can make your costume a mummy version of King Tut. Use a white gauze fabric to wrap yourself up like a mummy, and use safety pins to hold the loose ends. You can wear white clothes beneath the gauze. To make the gauze look more ancient, soak it in a bowl with tea bags for about 20 to 30 minutes. Remove the gauze from the tea soak and allow it to air dry after gently rolling it to express excess water. You can also use white streamers or toilet paper to wrap yourself like a mummy. Tuck the ends and tape them down so they are secure.


You can use a tunic that is knee to ankle length for a King Tut costume if you don't want to be a mummified version. The tunic should be either white, black or gold in colour. Cinch the tunic at the waist with a wide-width belt in a contrasting colour.


When it comes time to put the finishing touches on your King Tut costume, the accessories are important. You can wear gold bracelets and arm cuffs, or a snake armband. You can also carry a staff with a snake head on the top end of it. If you went with the mummy version of the costume, wear a pair of white sneakers on your feet. If you went with a human version of the King Tut costume, wear a pair of sandals on your feet.

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