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3-Step Mummy Heads

Thanks to their roaming eyes, these little mummy heads look mystified that they’ve lost the rest of their bodies! You can place a cluster of them on your mantle or living room table for a head turning, party decoration.

You’ll need:

  • Cheesecloth, cut into 2-inch-wide-strips
  • Bowl
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Black electrical tape or duct tape
  • 1 round form (Styrofoam, paper ball, or cardboard)
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Tea bag or food coloring


Step 1

Cut a 3-inch piece of tape and wrap it around your Styrofoam, cardboard, or paper form. Don’t worry if the black tape doesn’t cover every inch of your form because it’ll serve as a background for the mummy’s eyes.

Step 1.5 (Optional)

If you’d like to wrap your mummy in a mud brown or funky-colored cheesecloth, microwave a bowl of water for one minute, and then add a tea bag or food coloring of your choice. Soak the cheesecloth for at least 20 minutes. Then remove the cheesecloth and let it dry completely.

Step 2

Pour the fabric stiffener into a bowl. Then dip one strip of cheesecloth into the liquid. Wrap it around the form. Make sure to keep some of the folds and wrinkles because they’ll add character to your mummy.

Step 3

Repeat step 2 until the mummy’s head is mostly covered. Give the mummy eye sockets by placing cheese cloth between the eyes. You can also build up the surface of the brow by adding smaller, folded pieces of cheesecloth. Finally, dab a dot of glue onto the back of each Googly eye and stick it on.

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Instead of eating brains, Cherese Cobb uses hers to write. She has spellbound audiences at The Krazy Coupon Lady, Lumoid, the Penny Hoarder, and Take Lessons. This word-witch's poems have been published in Frogpond, Shemom, A Hundred Gourds, The Mainichi, and the Asahi Shimbun. She haunts Knoxville, Tennessee, where she lives with her undead parents and cat.

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