How are you going to have Halloween without a mummy? It’s almost impossible! You might not know this but you probably have a mummy or two already at your house. Of course, you’ll have to dress him or her out in gauze or another wrap, but after you do, you’ve got a temporary Halloween decoration that can go back to what it originally was when the holiday is over.
Many different toys can become Halloween mummies simply by wrapping them from head to toe. Dolls – big and small, stuffed animals and similar toys are mummies in waiting. All you have to do is wrap them in gauze, torn strips of sheet or even bathroom tissue. When Halloween is over simply remove the wrap and the toy will be as good as new.
When it comes to most dolls or stuffed animals you’ll find it easiest to first wrap the extremities. Begin by placing the wrap over one foot so that you cover the “toes”. Hold that in place while you turn the wrap and begin covering the leg. Go as far up the leg as you can then secure with tape. Do the same to the opposite leg. The arms are done similarly, covering the hands first then taking the wrap as far as you can up the arm.
After the extremities are gauzed you’ll start on the head. If it’s a large doll or animal it can take more than one piece to cover the very top of the head. Some people might find it easiest to cut several strips, lay them over the top of the head, then begin wrapping the face while covering the ends of the head wrap. Take the gauze or other material down the neck as far as possible. Lastly, begin covering the animal or doll from the lower body towards the neck. Use a piece of double-sided tape to secure the very end of the wrap.
The mummies can be left as-is or you can do various things to make each one look different. Glue wiggly eyes onto the face wrapping or just don’t wrap the eye area when you’re covering the animal or doll. It’s own eyes can peer out from behind the gauze. Make the mummy look raggedy by letting ends of the gauze trail off, here and there, as you wrap it. The finished mummies can be set on furniture, tables, counters, and even porches. But best of all, when it’s all over with, they’ll just be back to their normal selves!