How to Make a Cartouche for Kids

by Lanh Ma, Demand Media

    An Egyptian cartouche involves a set of hieroglyphics surrounded by a rectangle with rounded corners. The hieroglyphics indicated the name of an ancient Egyptian queen or king. If your child is interested in ancient Egypt, make him his own cartouche. Making a cartouche is an excellent way to teach a child about Egyptian hieroglyphics and about the importance that the Egyptians placed on being remembered.

    Step 1

    Piece together the child's name using a hieroglyphics chart (see Resources).

    Step 2

    Draw the hieroglyphics in a row on a piece of paper. Draw the symbols starting at the top and moving down, or across the paper going from left to right or right to left. Any of these options are appropriate for Egyptian hieroglyphics.

    Step 3

    Allow the child to color in the hieroglyphics using colored pencils.

    Step 4

    Draw a rectangle around the colored hieroglyphics in pencil and round off the edges.

    Step 5

    Paint over the rounded rectangle with gold paint and add a bar along the bottom edge, one that extends just slightly beyond the rectangle itself.

    Step 6

    Allow the paint to dry.

    Tips & Warnings

    • Draw the hieroglyphics on a piece of paper that has been tea-stained to give it an aged appearance.

    About the Author

    Lanh Ma is a professional writer living in Wisconsin. She has been creating professional Web content since 2007 as well as occasionally publishing fiction. Ma holds one bachelor's degree in political science and another in media studies.

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