Egyptian Theme


The Egyptian theme for Halloween included a giant pyramid made from recycled materials. It is years later but still very fondly remembered by the neighborhood kids. We might have to do this one again someday.


Egyptian-theme-pyramid



Age: Adult

Difficulty: Hard

Time Scale: 5+ out of 5



Supplies for the Egyptian Theme pyramid:

  • Lumber wrap in tan color
  • rope
  • Ladder
  • metal tent pegs
  • carpet tubes
  • plastic zip ties
  • 2x2 piece of plywood
  • 12 fiber glass post with threaded end
  • metal support to screw on the post
  • acrylic plastic sheeting
  • packing tape
  • tape measure
  • glue gun
  • stapler
  • staples
  • Sand
  • fence post with point on one end
  • hammer
  • sledge hammer
  • Drill/drill bits 
  • 3 inch screws
  • packing tape
  • construction adhesive
  • Cardboard
  • strobe light
  • extension cord
  • paint brushes
  • Craft paints in various colors


Giant pyramid from recycled materials

This will provide you with the basic instructions on how to make a pyramid for an Egyptian theme Halloween display. This is BIG! It is over 12 feet high and it is takes up quite a bit of room in the front yard.

Since I did this a few years back, I don't actually have the measurements now. I'm also not a mathematician, so unfortunately, you are on your own figuring that out. I do apologize for not being able to provide more precise details.



Egyptian Theme: Build the pyramid


*Disclaimer: Build at your own risk. I will not be held liable for any injuries that may occur from the building or use of this pyramid. Just sayin.

Don't go....Don't be scared. Come back. It isn't THAT difficult.

Begin by pounding a fence post that has a point on one end, into the ground, where you want your pyramid to be. If you are worried about making a hole in your perfectly manicured lawn, don't worry, you can always fix it later. The sand is a much bigger problem! More on that later.



Cut a piece of plywood into a 2 x 2 foot square. 

Attached a metal bracket with a threaded end on to it.

Drill a hole near each corner. Put a piece of rope through each of the holes and knot and tie on the top side. Now this is where the math skills come in. You will need to have each piece of rope long enough to run at the correct angle from here, all the way down to the ground.
 
Since the metal bracket and a fiberglass post are not exactly materials that are readily available, this can be adapted using a carpet tube and a 2 x2 sheet of acrylic plastic.



Cut the plastic into 4 triangles that are 2 feet wide at the bottom and go up to a point at the top. Use hot glue to hook this all together. 

Attach it to the 2 x 2 foot square base using construction
adhesive.

Cut an opening in the bottom of the square base, so later you can put a strobe light up inside here.

Cut 4 pieces of tan colored lumber wrap so the are slightly wider than 2 feet across the top and continue down at an angle. (triangle but flat across the top.)

Glue these sections of lumber wrap on the edge of the 2 x 2 base. The pieces probably won't come down the whole length of the pyramid. The rest of the lumber wrap can be attached after this has been lifted into place.

Roll up the lumber wrap to temporarily keep it out of the way. (Well, you don't have to do this, but you may feel like you are trying to fight your way out of a NOT so wet paper bag, when you get all tangled in it.)

Hook the base on to the top of a 12 foot post.



building the pyramid


Now lift the post and put it down around the fence post. This appears to be quite a procedure doesn't it? Having something to stand on (like the motorhome) makes it easier to get this lifted and over top of the post. If you don't have something to stand on, it will just make it a bit more difficult to get this contraption lifted up over that fence post.

The center fence post which has been pounded into the ground is an important part of making this stable and safe. When we are building a structure for a Halloween display it always has to stand up to harsh weather, including some pretty severe wind.

Now, roll down the lumber wrap and climb on down from your perch.

While someone holds this straight up and down, stretch out the ropes and attached to metal tent pegs. Pound them into the ground, making sure to get the proper angle and the same measurement on all four sides.  If this is still wobbly, the ropes aren't pulled tight enough.

Put a strobe light inside the acrylic plastic top. Plug into an extension cord and wrap the cord around the center post.



adding lumber wrap

Cut out the rest of the pieces of tan colored lumber wrap. Leave a little extra so it can be overlapped on the edges.

Make a large opening in the center at the front, for the doorway.

Use hot glue for a temporary hold and check your angles. After everything is adjusted and lined up correctly, use plastic zip ties and construction adhesive. Do all sides.

To make the inside of the pyramid you will need to measure and cut carpet tubes to build a square frame.

Cut four legs and run the carpet tubes across the top of these. Glue and then use packing tape to hold the frame together. Make sure to construct this while inside.


painting heiroglyphics

Cut pieces of lumber wrap and staple to the inside walls and the ceiling of this square frame. These inside walls were painted with different Egyptian theme hieroglyphics.

Cover the edges at the doorway between the outer pyramid and the inside square room.

Leave a 24 inch opening in the front right corner of this inside room. This will be the entrance to the tunnel between the inside and the outside walls.


tunnel in between walls

Lumber wrap was attached to the back left side of the inside of the pyramid to block access between the inside and outside walls only on the one side. This was blocked off right where a cardboard tunnel went out the back.There was a small flap, that was not visible, for access to a stereo which played spooky Halloween music.


back exit from pyramid


At the very back of the pyramid cut a small opening in the outside wall. Use a large cardboard box (about 3 feet high and 2 feet wide) and put it up against this with an opening on each end. Attach another box at a right angle. Cut the inside where they join to make a corner. Remove the end of the box to make the exit. Glue lumber wrap to the box and around the opening. Slice the lumber wrap in two inch wide strips, at the exit. 

Glue thread to plastic spiders and attach to the inside of the box. Kids will have to crawl through this tunnel to escape from the pyramid.

decorating inside with Halloween props


Shovel sand all over the floor of the inside room. Now THIS can make a mess of the lawn and you may want to skip this part. You may think this is taking the Egyptian theme decorating just a bit too far.  We used sand because treasure was buried here and the kids had to dig to find it. Check out the mummy candy holder , one of the treasures that was buried.


spooky tunnel with mummy lying in wait


Dressing as a mummy and lying in wait for some unsuspecting victim, sometimes resulted in unexpected reactions. One boy decided to make a few trips through. After receiving a bit of a scare the first time around, he decided to start kicking the mummy, each time he went by.

If you decide to be a scary mummy, watch out for those kickers!


pyramid halloween night


More Egyptian Theme Ideas


The Egyptian Theme wouldn't be complete without all the extras.    There is Clyde the paper mache camel with his pitiful skinny little legs, a paper mache sphinx, a sarcophagus and several packing tape sculptures.


handmade canopic jars


Canopic jars were made from bread dough clay and recycled plastic containers.

These were used in Ancient Egypt to hold mummified organs. EWWW, this is kind of gross.

There is a Jackal which is suppose to contain the stomach.

The Falcon is for the intestines.

Baboon held the lungs.

The Human jar was for the liver.

I didn't find any volunteers, so these jars are empty.

Reference: Canopic Jars




painting paper mache sarcophagus



Painting the paper mache sarcophagus was quite a chore. There are a series of hieroglyphs and a special royal seal to identify the pharaoh inside.

Colors are important for the Egyptian theme and can have special meaning.


papier mache sphinx

Cardboard and paper mache were used to make this Sphinx.

The palm tree was whipped up in a hurry using a carpet tube and painted cardboard leaves.



Anubis made with packing tape

This packing tape sculpture, Anubis is made using the same technique as the mermaid sculpture.

I need a warehouse to hold all these Egyptian theme props. Since I don't have a warehouse, some of these props had to be disposed of after Halloween. Luckily, they mostly require just some time and effort. They weren't expensive, since a lot were made from recycled materials.

The Egyptian theme is great for Halloween but it can also be an opportunity to provide some educational information to kids, in a fun way.


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