How to Make a Mummy Costume

Among the most horrifying members of the club of the undead, mummies are a popular option for Halloween costumes. The costume can appear difficult and complex, as it has many layers, and most people prefer to go for a store-brought one. However, the costume is surprisingly simple, requires little time and minimal effort, and can easily be created at home.

Things Required:

– 1 to 2 white or gray sheets
– 2 to 3 rolls of wide cloth tape
– White socks
– Black or gray eye shadow
– Red food colouring or paint
– Glow-in-the-dark paint (optional)


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    Start by creating the strips which you will be using for wrapping. Tear the sheets lengthwise, into strips that are at least 3 inches wide. Do not bother to use a pair of scissors for this purpose, as you are going for a tattered, frayed look. For a small child, one and a half sheets should be sufficient – however, if the costume is for a larger child or a young adult, you may increase the number of sheets in proportion with the size of the person.

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    Once you have torn the sheets into strips, set them aside. Next, the child will need to dress appropriately. Light-coloured shorts and a t-shirt will do, and if the night happens to be particularly chilly, you can substitute these with lightweight sweats. The child will also need to wear light white tennis shoes, with white socks pulled on over them and up the legs.

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    Now proceed to begin the wrapping. Tie one end of a strip around the child’s ankle, and start wrapping the cloth around the leg, moving upwards, and overlapping at spots to create an uneven look. Once you reach the end of the strip, secure it onto the leg firmly with a piece of tape.

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    Pick up another strip, and tape its end to where the old strip ended. Once again, commence the wrapping process in the same fashion, all the while moving upward. Wrap up both legs and arms, and then do the same with the hips, torso, and neck.

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    Then, use the strips to wrap around the head, leaving gaps for the eyes and mouth. Use tape to secure the wrappings around the face. When this is done, wind strips around the hands, and tie loose, frayed strips here and there, to give the costume a rough look.

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    Finally, to add the finishing touches, use black or grey eye shadow to make dark shadows around the eyes (this will make them appear hollow), and add some touches of red here and there, to complete the gory look. If you desire, you can also use glow-in-the-dark paint, to make sure the costume is street safe. Your mummy is now ready to trick-or-treat.

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