Halloween Countdown Mummy

Who doesn't love a holiday countdown? Ticking off the days just seems to increase the excitement. And as a bonus for any parent, the kids get to keep track without ever having to ask "How much longer?"

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Materials Needed:

  • wooden 5x7 picture frame
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • scissors or utility knife
  • cardboard (the thicker the better)
  • approximately 1 yard of muslin
  • small bag of cotton stuffing or bunting
  • 30-35 inches of wire and wire cutters
  • Styrofoam ball, 4-5 inch in diameter
  • hot glue gun
  • black and white paper for eyes
  • black Sharpie pen
  • tin or jar for the mummy sidekick
  • glitter (optional)

Paint Cardboard

Take apart the frame. If the back of your frame is made of wood, set it aside. (If not, use the glass cover.) Paint either the wooden back or the glass cover with chalkboard paint. (It's not necessary to paint the frame itself.) Follow the instructions on the can for dry time and chalkboard prepping. Expect to use up to 3 coats.

Cut Out Legs and Arms

Cut out shapes for the mummy's arms and legs with scissors or a utility knife. For the legs, cut two pieces in the shape of Christmas stockings (they don't have to be exactly uniform). For the arms, cut two straight pieces with rounded edges. Important: Leave approximately 3 inches of extra cardboard at the end of the arms and legs to fold over and attach to the picture frame. Fold the cardboard straight across for the legs and fold the arms at roughly a 45-degree angle so they curve slightly down.

Start Wrapping Muslin around Feet

Reserving one piece big enough to cover the entire frame (for the mummy's back), rip muslin into strips 2-3 inches wide. Then starting with one foot, begin wrapping muslin around the one cardboard leg shape at a time. (If you need longer pieces, just tie strips together.) Fill with stuffing as you go. Continue until the entire leg is wrapped and stuffed, leaving the 3-inch section at the top bare. Complete the second leg the same way.

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