Halloween Decor: How to Make a Mummy

Having sloughed off their mortal casings, dirt-stained mummies escape their vaults to haunt this spine-chilling scene.


What You Need for One Full-Figure Mummy
  • 12-x-14-inch piece of 1/2-inch-thick plywood for base
  • 4 angle braces
  • 40-inch length of 2X2-inch lumber for body brace (note: For the half-figure mummy, sharpen one end of this length into a point.)
  • 12-inch length of 2X2-inch lumber for shoulders brace
  • 2 strap braces
  • Drill
  • 10-inch length of 1/2-inch-diameter dowel
  • Wig form
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • King-size quilt batting
  • 2 1/2 yards of 40-inch-wide muslin
  • Duct tape
  • Two 22-inch lengths of heavy wire
  • Polyester fiberfill (optional)
  • Khaki spray paint
  • Floral spray paint
For One Half-Figure Mummy
  • You'll need all of the materials listed above for the full-figure mummy, but omit the plywood base and angle braces.
How to Make It
  1. Fasten one end of the 40-inch length of lumber to the plywood base using angle braces on all four sides.
  2. Referring to the diagrams, center the 12-inch length of lumber (the shoulder brace) on top of the body brace, forming a T-shape; fasten with strap braces on the front and back.
  3. Drill a 1/4-inch hole in each end of the shoulder brace. Drill a 1/2-inch hole in the center top of the shoulder brace. Push one end of the wooden dowel into the wig-form neck opening and secure with glue.
  4. For the legs, cut two 27-x-36-inch pieces of quilt batting and two matching pieces of muslin. Lay one piece of batting on a flat surface and roll it into a 27-inch-long tube. Secure with duct tape. Lay the tube on one piece of muslin and roll it to cover the batting. Secure the muslin with glue. Repeat for the other leg.
Assemble the Body
  1. For the arms, cut two 22-x-36-inch pieces of quilt batting and two matching pieces of muslin. Roll into tubes and cover with muslin as instructed for the full-figure mummy legs. Push one piece of wire through the center of each arm tube, allowing the wire to extend beyond one end.
  2. Using scrap quilt batting and muslin, make two 5-inch-long foot tubes.
  3. Stand the leg tubes side-by-side on the plywood base with the body brace between them. Secure with duct tape at the hips, knees, and ankles. Wire the arms to the shoulder brace.
  4. For the body, measure and cut two or three pieces of quilt batting and one piece of muslin that are shoulder-width and long enough to extend from the tops of the legs in front, up over the shoulders, and down to the tops of the legs in the back. Lay the body pieces over the shoulders and secure with duct tape at the waist. Stuff the body area with scraps of batting or fiberfill to achieve the desired look. Use scissors to clip a hole in the batting and muslin at the center top of the shoulder brace. Push the end of the wooden head dowel into the center hole in the shoulder brace and glue in place.
  5. Cut the remaining muslin fabric into 2-inch-wide strips and wrap the mummy as desired, securing the strips with glue. Spray the mummy with khaki and wood-tone paints to distress as desired.
  6. For one-half mummy: Assemble as directed for the full-figure mummy, omitting the base, legs, and feet.

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