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Ancient Egyptian Papyrus (puh-pie-rus)


Can you make your own Papyrus?

Ancient Egyptians made their own paper—and you can, too!  

Papyrus was made by splitting, flattening and smashing the stems of the plant into thin strips, which were then soaked in water.  The strips were placed on top of each other in a criss-cross pattern.  The sheet would then be hit with a mallet to bond the fibres together and then left for a few days to dry with heavy weights on the top.  Once dry, the sheet was polished with a stone to make it smooth and ready to use.



Before you start, make sure you cover your craft surface with newspaper or make your paper outdoors.  You will need the following equipment to be able to make papyrus:

  • White glue (PVA)
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Newspaper, wax paper or baking paper
  • Brown paper bags
  • Tray or large bowl.


Click on the word document and follow the instructions.  I’m looking forward to seeing your creations.


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