Egyptian Craft Ideas

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Ancient Egypt can be a great starting point for a variety of different crafts projects. Get Egypt craft ideas with help from a graphic designer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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Hi everyone, this is Gene, and I'm a graphic designer and illustrator. I've been working in the industry for about 15 years, and today we're gonna take a look at some Egyptian craft ideas. We're going a little bit towards ancient Egypt here, so this should be a lot of fun. Let's get started. So, when an Egyptian pharaoh was mummified, after he was dead, after his reign was over and they built a pyramid around him, one of the things that they would do is they would build a death mask. And basically that would be one of the things they would have on the outside of the casket, so that you would know that the person buried in this particular casket was that pharaoh, and not just any bum buried in a casket who was inside a giant pyramid that took years and years and much slave labor to complete. Because obviously everybody in Egypt couldn't afford to hire all of those slaves and make them build a pyramid for them. So, just the pharaoh got the death mask. Anyway, so one of the things we're gonna do right now is your basic Egyptian pharaoh death mask. We'll start out with the eyes. If you have any facial hair whatsoever, if you're a male, or even if you're a female, I'm not judging, that's usually represented with parallel lines. So, let's say King Tut, for example, one of the most famous pharaohs. We've got parallel gold and blue lines coming down for his little beard here. And then any hair that you might have around the outside of the headdress area, also, usually represented in just quick parallel lines. And, there gonna be gold and blue. Your death mask will be made out of solid gold, and obviously you can see we're not making this out of solid gold paper, but it will be pretty intricately carved. In this case, we're going to put a little snake up on the forehead, and the snake is one of the symbols of one of the old time Egyptian gods. So we're just gonna put a little snake up here, on his head. You see a lot of the pharaohs had different gods represented in with them. Keep all of your lines on the face really thin as well. Then what we're gonna do is we're going to cut this out and just make a quick little mask. And you can color all these in. You can grab a set of markers or crayons or whatever you guys have handy. Again, the most important part is to, you know, keep everybody involved, have some fun with it. There you go. Pretty quick and easy. Punch a hole in either side, grab yourself a little bit of ribbon, like we have right here, and tie it around your head, and you've got a quick little Egyptian pharaoh mask. Alright, so I think that's about as close to being mummified as I'm ever gonna get. Made a little pyramid, and I'm gonna go build a Sphinx out of sand at the shore right now, because I'm in an Egypt frame of mind. So, I'll see you guys next time. I hope you had a lot of fun.


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