DIY Mummy costume

A classic Halloween mummy costume you and your child can make. Featured in the October 2015 issue of All You Magazine.

Halloween is coming up again (it has a habit of doing that each year, doesn’t it!)…and with it the need for costumes.

Costumes can be really expensive!

Geez.  But, they don’t always need to be; sometimes you can do something homemade and it’s even better than it would have been store-bought.  This costume is Levi’s from last year when he wanted to be a mummy. We thought it would be fun to bring back the tutorial this year!  And just in case you need a reminder…a Halloween mummy costume doesn’t need to be purchased; it is absolutely easy enough to make!

We have a few more ideas at the end of the post for fast DIY costumes and would love to hear YOUR ideas! And if you don’t have time to MAKE a mummy costume, here are some ready to buy options…

Instructions for making a fun and easy kids mummy costume for Halloween! #costumes #halloween #mummy
handmade halloween mummy costume from NellieBellie; simple, easy, and tons of fun! #mummy #halloween #costume

Yes, this costume is easy. You’ve probably figured out most of the steps just by looking at the picture.  But in case you are one of those people who wants detailed instructions, I’m going to lay them out for you.  Because there’s actually one little trick in this process that will take your mummy costume from mediocre to awesome, and unless you’re super crafty, it isn’t obvious.  So don’t feel badly for needing a tutorial to tell you how to make this costume!

mummy costume supplies


  • white sheet
  • optional-scissors (but it sure makes it easier!)
  • 0ptional-coffee water (leftover from my perfect latte. Yes, it was perfect. yum!)
mummy costume materials
mummy materials4

To Make your Mummy Costume:

  1. Rip the sheet into strips, and I really do mean rip it. You can start the rip with scissors. But then…rip. You want the strips all jaggedy and stringy….achieved only with ripping.  The strips work best about 3 inches wide, but that’s not a hard-and-fast rule.Steps 2 and 3 are purely optional, older kids like this extra touch but your child may not care to go through the trouble. Both ways are fine.
  2. Soak strips in coffee water until desired color. Levi didn’t want bright and shiny white sheets, he wanted them slightly used looking. I would have liked to soak them longer, but he nixed that. We soaked ours for about an hour. (I’d suggest closer to 2)
  3. Rinse and dry. The best part is that by soaking and rinsing and drying they lose their “newness” . Perfect!
  4. Wrap the strips around the child. I recommend the child be wearing white, if possible. Tie one strip to the next to the next to the next (etc…) as you go. Leave bits out here, and don’t be perfect!! And…perhaps…if you are a nice mom…do the strips in such a way that the bottom half can be removed if necessary and rewrapped (like in the case of needing the bathroom??). I may skip this kindness :). Being honest here, people.
  5. Whiten the skin a bit with some face paint, powder, or skip this if you like.
p.s. This costume cost me the price of the fitted sheet of a clearance set. $6.00. winner!
As featured in All You Magazine, this is a classic DIY Halloween mummy costume with an easy to follow tutorial.

Now you know how to create the Awesomest Homemade Mummy costume you ever did see. Halloween this year you will be the momma with the skillzz!

Note: If you have young children and you are concerned about the bathroom thing try using a bit of fabric glue, hot glue, or safety pins to attach your strips to a pair of white jogging paints and shirt; it won’t have the exact same look but it will still be adorable and suitable for young children!

More great Halloween fun:

Candy Corn Fruit Cups
Candy Corn Punch
Bat Costume
Creepy Mantle
Pumpkin Tipsy Topiary
Gingersnap Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Better-Than-Sex Cake 


  • Artist: put a few dabs of paint on a piece of circle shaped cardboard, dress them erratically, and give them a paint brush.
  • Politician: put on their best clothes (suits are best!), give them some brochures, and have them ask for votes.
  • Baker: put on an apron, throw a bit of flour and cocoa on it, and give them a pan of “cupcakes” to carry with them.
  • Mad Scientist: suspenders and plaid shirt is best, crazy hair (possibly colored white?), eye goggles, and a clipboard.
  • Rock Star: sunglasses, jeans & a raggy shirt, and a fake instrument (preferably guitar!)
  • Paparazzi: casual clothes, a camera, they need to use that camera (with the flash on!) A LOT!

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19 thoughts on “DIY Mummy costume”

  1. Michelle Palleschi

    Made the mummy decades ago! Used the ripped sheets, coffee, but slightly burned the edges of the sheet strips.
    It came out awesome!
    Will try again with my granddaughter.

  2. I dried by hand because the strips can cause alot of threads that pull if you throw them in the dryer.

  3. My husband was a mummy one year, he took a bit more ripped strips, and I almost forgot to leave a spot for bathroom breaks when I wrapped him up. That would not have been cool.

  4. Lori @Vintage Charm Restored

    I have to show this to my 9 year old… he hasn’t a costume YET… this is awesome!! And I love that first pic!!

  5. Yes! I put it on the top, and the bottom. I do have to unwind the bottom, and then rewind. But, it’s not too bad.

  6. That is awesome!!!! I so wish I would have seen this a year or two ago. Not sure I can wrap my boys up anymore:) Very cool Janel.

  7. very cute! How perfect to find the sheet on clearance. You son looks like he loves it :o) I came over from the costume link party… I just linked up my boys football player costumes for this year… :o)

  8. good way to release tension :). But, it was only 1 sheet. I could have gone for more…it was fun!

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