How to Make a Cardboard Egyptian Pyramid

by Sarah Clark, Demand Media

    The Egyptian pyramids are large stone buildings that were first built in the 27th century BC. They were constructed to house the mummified remains of pharaohs and, according to the ancient Egyptians' beliefs, their souls. Although the Egyptian pyramids changed shape over the years, they are best known today as being enormous tombs with triangular sides. Constructing your own pyramid from cardboard to decorate your room or for a school project is guaranteed to be lighter work and to take less time than building it from several-ton blocks, like the originals.

    Step 1

    Measure and outline four triangles onto the cardboard using the ruler and marker. Each triangle should be 7 1/2 inches tall, with a 9-inch bottom and 8 3/4-inch diagonal sides.

    Step 2

    Measure and outline a square base onto the cardboard that is 9 inches long on each side.

    Step 3

    Cut out the four triangles and the square base with scissors.

    Step 4

    Tape the bottoms of the four triangles onto the sides of the base with the masking tape. The piece should lie flat at this point.

    Step 5

    Gently lift two adjacent triangles so that they stand up and their sides line up against each other. Tape the sides in place. Repeat this for the remain triangles until every side is taped and the pyramid stands up independently.

    Step 6

    Paint the sides of the pyramid with the paintbrush and light brown craft paint to cover up the masking tape.

    About the Author

    Sarah Clark has been writing since 1997, with work appearing in Northern Arizona University's "Student Life Organization Newsletter." She holds a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in art history from Northern Arizona University.

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