For some reason, kids just love lacing activities. And this paper plate mummy craft combines some of our favorite things…painting, lacing and spookiness. Of course, if you choose you can skip the painting and get out markers and crayons instead. It does keep things a little less messy and more portable if you’re not in a place where you can prepare for painting.
Of course, we’re calling this a mummy craft, but some might say it’s a skeleton. It can really be either one.
Fun Facts about Mummies
Maybe saying “fun” facts isn’t exactly accurate, but they certainly are interesting. After all, mummies aren’t just a scare monster at Halloween. They’re also a part of the world’s history, especially that of Egypt. So, here are a couple of things that we found interesting about mummies for you to share with your kids…
- According to Egyptian lore, the god Osiris was the first mummy.
- Sometimes the Egyptians used onions to fill openings when mummies were being wrapped.
- Egyptians also mummified different types of animals, like cats and hawks.
- Though Egypt is best known for its mummies because of the pyramids, they are actually found on every continent.
You can learn more about mummies by checking out this article by History for Kids.
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper plate
- Hole punch
- White yarn
- Construction paper
- Scotch tape
- Elmer’s glue
- Mummy craft template
Have you filled your craft bag using our master list of craft supplies yet? If not…what are you waiting for? Once you do, you’ll be ready to make crafts with your kids any time, anywhere, at a moment’s notice. We stick to the same list of supplies to make everything you see here. It really does simplify the process. Don’t you think?
Save this Halloween craft for later. Pin it to your favorite Pinterest board…
How to make a Paper Plate Mummy Craft
Step 1: Use the Craft Template
- Download and print the skeleton (mummy) craft template.
- Use the template to draw the outline on the center of your paper plate.
- Then cut out the shape. You may want to start it by slightly bending the plate and cutting a slit in the center for your scissors to begin.
Step 2: Decorate the Paper Plate
- Lay out some newspaper on your crafting surface.
- Then squeeze out some paints of your choice.
- Use your pompoms and q-tips to paint the bottom of the paper plate in whatever design you’d like.
*If you choose not to get the paint out, use markers or crayons to decorate your craft instead.
Step 3: Punch Holes
- Once the paint has dried, go all around the cut out shape in the center and punch holes using your hole punch.
- Keep the holes close together, about 1/2 inch apart each.
Step 4: Lace It Up
- Cut a length of white yarn about a yard long and put tape around one end.
- Pull the yarn through one of the holes and secure the end in the back with scotch tape.
- Keep lacing the yarn through holes until it is at its end. Then tape down the end and trim away excess.
- Cut another piece of string and repeat the process until the mummy’s face is filled in sufficiently with yarn.
Step 5: Finish Off Your Easy Mummy Craft
- Next cut eyes, nose and mouth from black construction paper. There is no template for this. Just draw it with a pencil and cut it out however you want.
- Glue it in place on your mummy craft using Elmer’s glue.
Now that you know how to make this paper plate mummy craft, it’s time to really make it your own. Of course, yours doesn’t need to look like this one. We painted our background with polka dots. But you can decorate yours with any design and colors that you like. The only limit is your imagination.