How to Make a Homemade Mummy

by Rob Kemmett

One of the classic Halloween decorations that can be made at home is a mummy. You can make a mummy in less than an hour, even if you let the kids do most of the work. When you finish your spooky creation, put the mummy on your front porch, hide it behind cobwebs or put it in a cardboard box painted to look like a tomb.

Items you will need

  • Black tea
  • Plastic bucket
  • Life-size dummy or inflatable doll
  • Long-sleeved thermal underwear
  • Gauze (enough to cover the dummy or person)
  • Beige socks
  • Halloween makeup kit
  • Dark brown eyeshadow
  • Charcoal eyeliner
  • Black nail polish
Step 1

Brew one gallon of black tea. Once brewed, add it to a plastic bucket and let it cool.

Step 2

Dress a life-size dummy or inflatable doll in long-sleeved thermal underwear, including pants and shirt. If you want to dress yourself as a mummy, substitute the dummy or inflatable doll with your own body.

Step 3

Dip the gauze into the black tea once it is cool to the touch. This dyes the gauze a beige color. Use gauze purchased from the bolt, not prepackaged. The bolt is the spindle on which the gauze is spun before it is sold. Gauze from the bolt is one long strand, while prepackaged gauze is often cut into small segments. Purchasing gauze from the bolt can be done at most fabric stores.

Step 4

Wring out the gauze and let it dry. For a darker color, dip the gauze into the black tea once more. For a more authentic look, dip your hand or fingers into the black tea and wipe random areas of the gauze. This creates an uneven pattern of color that makes the gauze appear aged. Let it dry before applying it to the dummy.

Step 5

Wrap the dummy with the gauze. Start at the head and work down to the toes. Wrap the head, neck, shoulders, both arms, chest, stomach, waist, thighs, calves, ankles and feet. If you are dressing yourself, stop wrapping the gauze at the ankles. Wear beige socks that blend in with the gauze. When wrapping the head, leave the eyes and mouth exposed.

Step 6

Apply yellow Halloween makeup to the exposed skin on the dummy's face. Do not apply yellow to the eyelids or around the eyes.

Step 7

Apply dark brown eyeshadow to the eyelids and around the eyes. Apply charcoal eyeliner underneath the eyes.

Step 8

Apply black nail polish to the dummy's nails.

About the Author

Rob Kemmett began writing professionally in 2010 and specializes in writing about food and hospitality. Kemmett has worked in various fine-dining restaurants throughout his career and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.

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