How to Make a Craft Sarcophagus

pharao image by Michael Homann from

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Foam paint brush
  • Acrylic paint
  • Hot glue
  • Glue gun

The history of the ancient Egyptians is not only fascinating but is a unique civilization to study. Students are often given projects to complete in history class that includes putting together a craft that represents the civilization they are studying. If you are a history teacher needing to find a great craft idea for your students to complete concerning the ancient Egyptians, then creating a sarcophagus is a great way to get the students involved.

Prepare a work surface on a counter top or table. This will work best if the table is outside or in a garage.

Draw the shape of a sarcophagus on six pieces of cardboard. One drawing is for the top, one for the bottom, and four for the sides. The top and bottom need to be in the shape of a body with a rounded head, neck, outside of the shoulders, legs and feet. Draw the body on the top part of the sarcophagus as if you were actually looking down at a real person. See the references for pictures of ideas of the top of the sarcophagus.

Cut out the shapes you have created.

Draw in more details using a pen or marker. Draw details such as hieroglyphics on the side of the casket, and draw the actual king or mummy on the top of the sarcophagus. Add jewelry; these were kings, and wore jewelry even in death. You can get creative with this. Draw a head dress with the mummy’s face and then draw the rest of the body wrapped as a mummy would be.

Paint the pieces of the sarcophagus. Paint the sarcophagus itself gold and use other colors like blue, yellow, gold, green, orange and a little red to add details for the hieroglyphics and the mummy on the front and sides of the sarcophagus. You can use other colors as well, but these were the most common colors used in ancient Egypt.

Allow the paint to completely dry. This may take several hours.

Glue the pieces together using a glue gun. It’s okay if they don’t fit perfectly. The ancient Egyptians made sarcophagus’s all shapes and sizes.

Display the sarcophagus for everyone to see.