If you are throwing a Halloween party, you will want to decorate your house in a way that will make your guests jump and squirm. While store-bought cobwebs and smiling jack-o-lanterns make for an excellent start, you may want to take the extra step and create your own terrifying mummy decorations. Hang one on the back of the bathroom door for a fearful surprise or sit a whole family of mummies on the couch so they can socialize.
Items you will need
- 40-inch long 2x2 wood
- 12-inch long 2x2 wood
- 10-inch long dowel
- Wig form
- Glue gun
- King-size quilt batting
- 2 1/2 yards of 40-inch-wide muslin
- Duct tape
- 2 pieces of heavy wire, 22-inch length
- Khaki spray paint
- Fake blood (optional)
Nail the 12-inch long wood to the top of one end of the 40-inch long wood in the shape of a T. The 40-inch long piece will be vertical and will form the body of the mummy. The 12-inch long piece will be horizontal for the mummy's shoulders.
Drill a hole a 1/4-inch in diameter in each end of the horizontal wood. Drill a hole a 1/2-inch in diameter in the middle of the top of the horizontal wood. Insert an end of the dowel into the opening in the neck of the wig-form and add some glue.
Cut the quilt batting into two 27-x-36-inch pieces. Cut two pieces of muslin the same size. Place the batting on a table and roll it up into a tube that measures 27 inches across. Duct tape the tube then place it on a piece of muslin and roll the muslin over the tube so it covers the batting completely. Glue the muslin in place. The rolled tube will act as the mummy's leg. Repeat the process for a second leg.
Cut the quilt batting into two 22-x-36-inch pieces. Cut two pieces of muslin the same size and repeat the process of making the legs, rolling the batting into 22-inch tubes and covering them with muslin. These tubes will act as the mummy's arms. Insert a length of wire through each of the tubes so it sticks out the other end.
Repeat the process of rolling and covering two tubes to make two 5-inch long tubes for the feet.
Place a mummy-leg on either side of the mummy-body. Fix the legs in place with duct tape. Use the wire at the ends of the mummy-arms to fix an arm to each side of the shoulders.
Cut three pieces of batting large enough to extend shoulder-to-shoulder and run from the bottom of the body wood on one side, up and over the shoulders and down to the bottom of the body wood on the other side. Cut a piece of muslin the same size. Put all three pieces of batting in place and cover them with muslin. Fix the pieces in place by duct taping them at the waist.
Fill in the body with crumpled up newspaper until the mummy is as fat or as skinny as you like. Cut a hole in the muslin and batting in the middle of the top of the shoulders above the hole you drilled in the wood earlier. Insert the end of the dowel into the hole and glue it down.
Cut up the rest of the muslin into strips about 2 inches wide. Wrap the strips around the entire mummy until it is as covered as you like and secure the strips with glue. Spray paint the mummy with a khaki color, for an aged look. If you like, add some fake blood.
Tips & Warnings
- If a wig-form is too expensive for your budget, use crumpled up newspapers to form a head and neck shape. Cover the shape with duct tape to keep it in place, tape it to the shoulders of the mummy and cover it in strips of muslin along with the rest of the mummy.
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