How to Make Concrete Mummies for Halloween

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It's no secret that we like to work with concrete! It's such a forgiving, creative material. I was doing a little concrete project Pinterest research and came across a concrete garden orb. I really liked the look, but I thought the idea could be adapted to make a creepy mummy decoration for Halloween. Also, I had a huge supply of soft, cotton cording/piping from a yard sale that I thought would be the perfect material to use.
Gather materials
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After gathering your supplies, start by filling a balloon. Cover it in plastic wrap, if desired, to help keep it from breaking.
Mix concrete with water. It should be slightly thick, not watery thin.
Saturate the piping or water you're using in the concrete. Once saturated, started wrapping it around the balloon in a random pattern until you're satisfied with the look.
We added ping pong ball eyes. Make a space in the wrapping for the eye placement and let the mummy dry for at least 24 hours.
A small bowl is a good place to let the concrete dry. It will be ready in 24 hours although the bottom may still be slightly wet. Remove it and set it on the dry side so the bottom may continue to dry.
Pop the balloon and remove.
Glue the eyes into place. You can paint in eyeballs or add googly eyes.
The "nest" was a happy accident! One of the balloons started to deflate before the concrete was dry so we removed it and let the strands form into a bowl. We used ping pong balls and paint to make a nest of reptile "eggs."
All ready for a spooky display!
We used concrete hands from a previous project, natural elements including branches, dried leaves, Spanish moss, and purchased lights and "spider webbing."

Suggested materials:

  • Concrete   (Home Depot)
  • Soft cotton   (JoAnns)
  • Balloon
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  • Joy Coombs Joy Coombs on Oct 30, 2017
    I think strips of fabric or gauze would have looked more realistic, but love the concrete idea! I would think you could fill or coat cheap gloves with concrete too? How do you hold eyeballs in place?

  • Mrb12322885 Mrb12322885 on Oct 30, 2017
    what type of concrete as there not all alike


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