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How to Make a 3-D Egyptian Mummy Case

By Jeffery Keilholtz

Things Needed

  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • High-density urethane foam
  • Scissors
  • Shipping box cardboard
  • White glue
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • Pot
  • Small bowl
  • Newspaper
  • Paper towels
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrushes
Use an image of a real mummy case as inspiration.

Make contact with the spirit of the ancient Egyptian afterlife by creating a 3-D mummy case. Ancient Egyptians mummified the dead in large cases to help the spirits of the deceased pass through the Hall of Judgment, according to Boston's Museum of Science. Cases were often painted and engraved with a lifelike face, along with hieroglyphic incantations and wings for added spiritual protection. Create your 3-D model out of foam and paper mache and wow family, friends and fellow art enthusiasts.

Draw a 5-inch-by-15-inch mummy case onto a 2-inch-thick piece of high-density urethane foam. Cut out the foam case with scissors.

Place the foam case onto a piece of shipping box cardboard. Trace the foam case and cut it out.This will be the mummy case covering. Repeat for the second mummy case covering.

Bond the foam case between the two cardboard coverings with white glue. Allow 30 minutes for the glue to dry.

Boil 1-cup water and 1-cup flour in a pot for three minutes to create the paper-mache mix. Allow five minutes for the mix to dry. Pour the mix into a small bowl.

Rip the newspaper into 2-inch-by-6-inch strips. Soak a strip in the mix and press it onto the mummy case. Continue until the entire case is covered in newspaper.

Rip the paper towels into 2-inch-by-6-inch strips. Soak a paper towel strip in the mix and press it onto the mummy case. Continue until the entire case is covered in paper towel. Allow two hours for the case to dry.

Cover the case in acrylic paint. Paint a lifelike face at the head of the case, hieroglyphic markings on the legs and wings at the midsection and feet. Allow two hours for the case to dry before handling or displaying.

About the Author

Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.