Ancient Egypt Death Mask Craft

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Ours was truly wonderful. I love Thanksgiving because its a time to focus on family and the best part is the dinnertime conversation about what we are thankful for. The kids have such precious things on their minds! Anyway, we’re back to school now—and we’re finishing up some pretty fun projects.

We had stepped away from our Ancient Egypt unit for several weeks while we finished up our chemistry unit and focused on German. Last week we continued on with our unit, making this really catchy, but simple, Egyptian death mask.

Ever since I saw this project done by our friend’s first grader a few years ago, I knew it was something we should try to fit in when the time was right. I didn’t have any pictures of B’s project, in fact I think they may have made their masks in their art class from plaster-of-paris. This is what we came up with. I bought a pack of ‘design your own’ face masks from Oriental Trading. Then we cut out a cardboard plate for the back of the mask. You need big boxes; we used a car seat box.

We took the pieces outside and spray painted them with gold spray paint.

We glued the face mask to the cardboard backing. Then before decorating our masks, we looked carefully at King Tut’s death mask and looked (admired) at Grandma and Grandpa’s pictures from their trip to the Middle East. Now wouldn’t *that* be the best way to study Egypt?! Grandpa took this photo…

 Anyway, the kids made the snakes for the top of the mask and then got out the paints and started working on their masks.

And here’s their final product. Didn’t they turn out well? The kids were really excited about these. I love the eyes on LD’s mask. The others have holes in the back so they can see through when they hold them up to their faces.

More on Ancient Egypt:

If you are studying Ancient Egypt, you might also be interested in our other activities like

Creating the Nile River Valley

and the activities we did when we learned about the Ancient Egyptian myths. I made some  Ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses worksheets (free to download) and you’ll find more about them at that link.

NOTE: We are moving to We will be  moving our printables there.

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  1. by Tindal Sam

    On January 2, 2013 at 6:03 am

    I like your masks. I have been doing a school project on Ancient Egypt and have been mummfying a fish.

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