How to Make a Mummy Costume

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Halloween is the perfect time for little witches, spooks, goblins and mummies. Don't settle for store-bought costumes this year, because learning how to make a mummy costume is quick and easy. The white material makes an easily seen costume for children and there is no vision-blocking mask. Read on to learn how to make a boo-tiful mummy costume.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 to 2 white or gray sheets
  • 2 to 3 rolls of wide cloth tape
  • White socks
  • Black or gray eye shadow
  • Red food coloring or paint
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint, if desired
  • Take an old sheet and rip it lengthwise into 3-inch-wide strips. One sheet should be enough for a small child, and two for larger child or medium-sized adult. For larger people, increase number of sheets as apropriate. Set the strips aside.

  • Have the child or adult wear light-colored shorts and T-shirt, and tennis shoes with white socks pulled over top of them. Lightweight sweats can also be worn if the night is chilly.

  • Tie the end of one of the strips around one ankle and start wrapping, moving upward over the leg and overlapping when needed. When the end of the strip is reached, take a piece of the cloth tape and tape the strip tightly to leg. Secure well.

  • Tape the end of a new strip onto the end of previous strip. Overlap to hide any tape. Keep wrapping the cloth up to the hip. Continue wrapping the body with cloth--arms and legs first, hips next, then torso and neck.

  • Wind cloth strips around the hands, making "mittens." Tie short strips here and there to create a raggedness to the costume.

  • Use black or gray eye shadow to make dark circles under and above their eyes.

  • Wrap their head with cloth strips, leaving a gap in the area of the eyes and another for the mouth. Use a piece of cloth tape and tape between the eyes, anchoring cloth above and below eyes.

  • For a "gory" mummy, add red food coloring here and there, sparingly, or use Halloween non-toxic paint or make-up. For more safety on the street, add glow-in-the-dark paint.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use as much tape as necessary to keep strips snug and in place. This costume requires two people to help create it in just minutes.
  • Be sure that strips around the eyes are secure. Make sure there are no strips dragging underfoot that could trip a trick-or-treater.
  • For extra safety, use glow-in-the-dark paint around wrists and ankles, shoes, on the back of the costume or anywhere that would be noticed by motorists.

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