Want to scare everyone as a mummy during Halloween? It's very easy to make a great costume using simple materials that you may have around the house or get cheaply at a thrift store. Follow the simple steps below to find out how to make a great mummy costume for the upcoming Halloween (whether for next Friday, tomorrow's business lunch, or anytime you want).
Method 1 of 4: Making the wrappers and making them look old
Step 1. Buy or collect white matter
Old sheets are great, but you can also buy some cheap materials from fabric stores. If you haven't been able to find fabrics to use yet, try a thrift store. This way you can purchase suitable materials very cheaply.
Obviously, you'll be cutting the fabrics -- so if you need more than one sheet, no problem (if you have more sheets, of course!)
Step 2. Lay the piece of fabric flat
Using scissors, cut the fabric along the edge by 5 to 7.5 centimeters at a time. You really don't need to use a ruler -- if you've cut skewed, that's fine. After all, mummies look a lot better when they are asymmetrical and full of flaws and deviations.
Step 3. Use the notches you just made to tear strips down the length of the piece of fabric
The strips will have perfectly frayed edges, as befits a mummy. These will be the wrappers for your mummy costume.
Don't worry if you don't tear off the strips perfectly. If you have to, grab a pair of scissors and trim the tear so that you can tear in the right direction again. Then continue ripping as normal
Step 4. Paint the fabric
Your goal is to give the fabric the look of a dirty, off-white, ancient mummy. You get this look by dyeing the fabric with tea bags.
- Find a large pan. Fill it two thirds with water and bring it to a boil.
- Add a handful of tea bags. It is likely that the larger the costume wearer is, the more fabric you will use and the more tea bags you will need. A few bags are enough for a child. If it is an adult, put in a handful of bags.
If you don't have tea bags at home, use coffee diluted with water
- Stir the fabric into the mixture and let it steep for about 30 minutes to an hour.
- Remove the fabric from the pan and let it dry. If you want, you can randomly iron some black make-up on the fabric in random places. To speed up the process, put everything in a pillowcase, tie it up and put it in the dryer.
The pillowcase is necessary to prevent your mess from getting all over your dryer. So don't skip this part if you choose to do this step
Method 2 of 4: Using a sewing machine
Step 1. Place the wraps over the front of your white turtleneck or long-sleeved T-shirt
Even though you don't need to wrap them around the shirt (they wouldn't stay in place anyway), make sure they are long enough to wrap around the entire shirt. Lay them down loosely. You probably don't want to be the best groomed person at the party. Work from the bottom up, stopping when you get to the chest.
When it comes to the look of the suit, thermal underwear is probably a better choice than a shirt and pants. But if you don't have this, don't want to spend extra money and want to make a two piece costume, this is the way to go
Step 2. Sew strips to all sides of your shirt
This step will take the most time when making your costume. The good news is that the more sloppily and inappropriately you sew the strips, the better. Let some strips hang open and leave others longer. It's a mummy costume--you really can't mess it up!
Step 3. Cut along the seams on the inside of both sleeves
This way you cut the sleeves open, so that you can put the shirt down and see the entire sleeve. This way you can sew the strips on without having to turn the shirt over and bend the strips. You don't have to worry about that now.
So just do that! Lay the T-shirt flat. Cut a few strips so that they are the right length for the sleeves and sew them layer by layer on the shirt. Continue to sew the rest of the strips after you have finished the sleeves
Step 4. Turn the T-shirt inside out and sew the sleeves back
It is important that you sew the sleeves back from the inside so that the seams are not visible. You want people to wonder if you ransacked a pyramid to get this costume. (Who says it isn't?)
Step 5. Tear open the seams on the inside of your trouser legs, all the way to the crotch
Lay your pant legs flat and cut strips to cover them. Lay them down in the same loose, hasty fashion you did with the shirt.
Step 6. Start at the bottom and sew the strips onto both legs
You can stop when you get to the cross. Your T-shirt should cover the rest. However, it's not a bad idea to put some extra wraps on the pants if you have some material left. Of course it can always get windy or maybe you participate in a limbo dancing competition.
Step 7. Turn the pants inside out and sew the trouser legs back up
If the seams aren't quite right, that's fine! Just leave it that way. Who sees that now?
Step 8. Put on your costume
ahhh! Oh, that's just you in the mirror. Good thing, too. What are you doing with your hands and feet now? Just wrap some strips around it (around a pair of gloves and a few pairs of socks) and you're all set! Scroll down to read tips on what to do with your head.
Method 3 of 4: Using knots
Step 1. Tie four or five strips together
The knots at the end will really add structure to your mummy costume and will look like they've been put on on purpose -- not like you took it easy!
Step 2. Put on your long underwear or your white clothes for under the costume
Any combination of a white long sleeved garment and white trousers is suitable for this costume. However, do not wear bulky clothing (such as cargo pants). This will not fit the shape of your mummy costume.
Don't forget to wear thick wool socks
Step 3. Start wrapping your leg
You can overlap the strips to secure the end, or just tie another knot in them (since you already have a lot of them, this will fit perfectly). Wrap the strips in straight lines, criss-cross or any other way around your leg to cover everything. Do the same with your other leg and your hips. When you get to the end of the strip, tie a new strip on it, tie it to another piece of fabric you've already wrapped around your leg, or just tuck it in somewhere.
Take a piece of cloth that you have wrapped around one leg and wrap it further around your pelvis. It doesn't matter if it's the first leg or the second leg. Don't wrap the fabric higher than your waistband, though -- after a few drinks you'll definitely have to go to the bathroom. What a nightmare
Step 4. Wrap the fabric from your waist around your torso and over your shoulders
The easiest is if you form an "X" with the strips over the sternum and then wrap the strips over your shoulders like straps. You will need to overlap the strips quite a bit to cover every inch. When you get to the end of the strip, tie a new strip or tie the strip to the costume and start with a new strip.
Step 5. Wrap fabric around your arms
If you've ever wrapped your wrists for boxing or any other sport, use the same artful technique to wrap the fabric between your fingers. If you've never done this before, weave the fabric between your fingers, around the lower part of your thumb, and then around your wrist. Repeat this sequence over and over. Start at the fingers, in case the fabric runs out. Then work this way until you reach your shoulder.
Method 4 of 4: Putting the finishing touches on the costume
Step 1. Cover your face with remnants of fabric
The scarier you want to look, the more of your face you have to cover. If you want to be a cute, innocent, smiling mummy, just wrap fabric around your chin, over your head, and a little bit around your forehead. If you plan on terrifying all the neighbors, leave only one spot to see and breathe.
- Ask a friend to do this step for you. You will be able to wrap the fabric around your head, but it will be difficult to tie the strips securely, especially if your vision is limited.
- If you have a ski mask and want to cover your entire face, you can use the mask as a base for the wraps around your head.
- A safety pin, hairpin, or other similar item may be helpful. Simply insert the pin between another layer so that it is not visible.
Step 2. Apply some makeup, if your face is visible
You want to have sunken eyes and hollow cheeks. Apply a little white makeup to your face as a base, then smear some black makeup around your cheekbones and under your eyes. You look really awful that way. Also, apply some baby powder on your body so that you really look like an ancient mummy. Now you are done!
Spread gel around a stain or on your face to make it look dirty and rotten like a mummy. Pull out some hair between the strips in some places and tangle it so that you really look like a nightmare
Step 3. In your new disguise, go door-to-door
Or sit by your front door or in your garden when children come by. Sit still and grab them when they least expect it. HAHA!
- If you don't have coffee or tea in the house, you can always use mud.
- Keep old sheets you no longer use to make costumes like this one.
- If you have any leftover pieces of fabric or strips, you can use them to wrap them around your stuffed animals at home. Put these "mummy animals" in front of the windows.
- Make sure to tie the strips together tightly.
- Brown, gray and red paint in an aerosol is also suitable for painting the fabric. The red is for blood of course.