How to Make a Paper Sarcophagus for a School Project


In ancient Egypt, mummies were kept in a stone coffin called a sarcophagus. Children who study ancient Egypt may be required to make their own sarcophagus out of card stock. Completing this project will give students a better understanding of the way the ancient Egyptians thought. The project is fairly easy and can be completed differently by each student to reflect their own uniqueness.

Things You'll Need

  • Sarcophagus template
  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Colored pencils
  • Print out a copy of the sarcophagus template (see resources).

  • Glue the sarcophagus template to a piece of card stock.

  • Cut the sarcophagus out, removing the excess card stock.

  • Draw your own face onto the sarcophagus. The Egyptians believed that the dead body had to be recognizable to the spirits so they painted faces on the front.

  • Add a scarab beetle somewhere on the sarcophagus. This was a symbol the ancient Egyptians used to signify a new birth after death.

  • Add a picture of an Egyptian necklace. Different necklaces meant different levels of privilege.

  • Add some more Egyptian symbols (see resources) that may have meaning to you. Egyptian sarcophagi were covered in symbols.

  • Finish coloring in your sarcophagus, and be sure to use a lot of gold like the Egyptians did.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can add your own symbols instead of adding Egyptian ones. If you like baseball, add the picture of a baseball bat. If you are a cheerleader, draw a set of pom poms.
  • Photo Credit wonderferret
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