Pharaoh’s Cobra Headdress
Designed by Patty Cox The figure of the sacred serpent is an emblem of sovereignty depicted on the headdress of ancient Egyptian rulers and deities.
Children wore a special hairstyle during ancient Egyptian history, called the “side-lock.” The hair was shaved off except for a long lock of hair left on the side of the head. Both girls and boys wore this style until they became a teenager. Children decorated their hair with amulets of small fish, presumably to protect them from the dangers of the Nile.
Age Range: 7 to 12
Grade Range: 1 to 6
Skill Level: Moderate
Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days
Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Math – e.g. measuring
Time Needed for Project:
1 hours plus drying time
Blue poster board 2” x 28”
Yellow poster board 5” x 8”
Red paper scrap
STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam egg 3 1/16” x 2 5/16”-cut in half
Elmer’s ® All Purpose Glue Stick
Elmer’s ® 3D™ Washable Paint Pens
2 – ¼” red rhinestones (or red glitter glue)
1 – 1” oval rhinestone (or red glitter glue)
Rexlace® – black plastic lacing
Elmer’s® Craft Bond™ Tacky Glue
Tape or stapler
Serrated plastic knife
Cut blue poster board into a 2” x 28” strip. Trace cobra pattern on yellow poster board. Cut out cobra. Cut out rectangular designs from yellow scraps. Cut out red paper mouth using pinking shears. Glue mouth on cobra with glue stick. Score a fold line over cobra mouth using a stylus and a ruler or straight-edge. Fold head down, over mouth. Glue two red rhinestones on cobra head front.
Glue cobra on headdress center front with glue stick. Glue rectangular designs on each side of cobra.
Cut Styrofoam egg in half. Paint with glitter paint. Glue in position on cobra front. Draw cobra belly and stripes using glitter paint. Position large red rhinestone in position on glue. Outline rectangular yellow designs with glitter paint. Allow glue to dry.
Fit strip around your head and staple or tape to desired length.
Optional Side-Lock Step-by-step:
Cut 12 - 18” lengths black lacing for braid and two 10” lengths for ties. Lay the 12 strips together with even ends and tie a tight knot in the center of the bundle.
Fold strips in half at the knot. Separate into three sets of eight strands. Braid the three strands. Tie off the end of braid with remaining piece of lacing.
Punch a hole on headdress side. Tie braid on the inside of headdress band.
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