Paper Plate Mummy Craft: Easy Halloween Decoration for Kids

By Joan
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Turn some ordinary paper plates and string into these spooky mummy faces in just a few minutes. 

This craft project is very easy, relatively mess free, and great for younger kids. 

Read on for full instructions to create your own paper plate mummies, plus a video demonstration to walk you through it. 

Paper Plate Mummy Halloween Craft

Prepare Your Paper Plates and String Materials

One of the best things about this craft project is that there are options to substitute the materials to something you may just have in the house already. So you can make these very cheaply if you need to. 

If you have some paper plates laying around in the kitchen then you will save a few bucks there. 

Some white string will be used for the bandages, but you can easily substitute this for toilet paper. This will give a much more obvious bandage look and will also save some money if you don’t have string laying around. 

The last thing you can easily substitute is the eyes. You can simply draw them on with a sharpie if you don’t have some googly eyes to glue on. 

Paper Plate Mummy Materials

Paper Plate Mummy Craft Video Demonstration

Check out the video below for a full walkthrough of the project. 

You will see that if you go for the string option the only tricky part for a toddler to navigate is getting the string tight enough to stay put as you wind it around the plate. But you can overcome this with more sticky taping as you go. 


How to Make a Paper Plate Mummy Craft

How to Make a Paper Plate Mummy

These paper plate mummies can be made in just a few minutes with some string and paper plates. The googly eyes are optional and are easily drawn on.

You can also use a hole punch to create entry points to thread the string through the plate itself, but for simplicity, we have just used tape at the back of the plate. This makes it easier for toddlers who may not have the patience for the threading of the string. We also like the look better using this method.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy



  1. Step 1- Glue on the googly eyes. Step 1
  2. Step 2 - Using the sticky tape, stick the loose end of the string on the back of the paper plate. Step 2
  3. Step 3 - Start to wrap the string around the plate on varying angles to increase the coverage of the face below the eye level. This will imitate the bandages of a mummy. Remember to leave the eyes uncovered. Step 3
  4. Step 4 - When you are happy with the coverage of the lower half of the plate, angle the string towards the eye level and tape the string in place at the back of the plate. Step 4 Step 4a
  5. Step 5 - Concentrate on wrapping the string across the narrow top section of the plate above the eyes. Remembering to vary the angles, but without directly covering the eyes. Step 5
  6. Step 6 - When satisfied with the coverage, cut the string and tape down the end to the back of the plate. Add a length of tape at either end of the back of the plate to secure the string at each angle. Step 6
  7. Step 7 - Your paper plate mummy craft is now complete and ready for decoration! Complete Paper Plate Mummy

Why Make Paper Plate Mummies

It is a cheap and easy Halloween decoration that you can put together in just a few minutes. Depending on the materials and method you use even young toddlers can get involved. 

Your Mummy decorations are lightweight and easy to hang up around the house. This gives you lots of flexibility when deciding where to place these. 

For More Halloween Craft Ideas

We have plenty more Halloween activities suitable for toddlers. Check out some of our other projects below:

Click here for the full list of Halloween Crafts for kids. 

Final Word

This is a simple craft project to keep your kids engaged and excited for Halloween and a great way to show them that you can create a unique decoration from ordinary household items. 

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Joan is our creative specialist who puts together our craft projects and video tutorials to help parents engage their children in productive activities. Joan also runs an online arts & crafts store called Papel de Arte.

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