We have a pint-sized stylista and future fashion designer in our house. The Bug loves everything jewelry so when I asked if she wanted to make an Egyptian cuff bracelet, she asked if we could make six…

Jewelry was a very important part of Ancient Egyptian culture. Both men and women) wore bracelets on their upper and lower arms. Usually, they were made of gold and contained semiprecious stones and contained good luck charms (referred to as amulets).

A great way to provide your child with historical context about Ancient Egypt is to do a little online exploring. Try National Geographic’s virtual tour of Ancient Egypt. The pictures are fantastic. You can also get a little design inspiration from these photos of Ancient Egyptian jewelry.

These bracelets are a great keep-em-busy activity and I bet you have most of the materials lying around your house. As an added bonus, they spur imaginative play!

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  • Paper Towel Roll
  • String
  • “Jewels” – I used jewel stickers, but you could use sequins
  • An “amulet” – I used a butterfly punch to make a sparkly butterfly for the Bug’s good luck charm
  • Glitter (if you can handle it! Definitely a not-necessary)
  • Gold Spray Paint
  • Paper Clips
  • Glue
  • Gloves (for the spray painting)
  • Scissors

How To Make Ancient Egyptian Bracelets

1. Cut your paper towel roll into 4 or 5 pieces. Then snip one side of each piece to create an opening for the arm.

2. Create “embossed” patterns on each bracelet using glue and string. For younger kids, you may need to do this step for them or assist in the gluing process.

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3. Spray paint the bracelets gold. {Kind cool how the string now looks like embossed metal? The Bug LOVED that!}

4. After the spray paint, the bracelet may start to lose shape. Paperclip the ends while it dries.

5. Once dry, decorate! Use glitter, jewels, glue an amulet — let your kiddo go design crazy.

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