Ancient Egyptian Scepters




About: I live on a ranch in central B.C. with animals. I play the violin, viola, cello and piano and I love making exotic crafts.

Hello everybody! I'm back with my second instructable! These are Egyptian scepters that I made with paper only. (almost!) The first picture I copied the colors, beads and designs from Cecil B. Demille's Ten Commandments. They are very easy to make and it doesn't take very long, either. So, here we go!

Step 1: Things You'll Need

Some sheets of paper

A toothpick

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Big and small beads of your choice

Medium wire


Thick thread


A thick coat hanger

Metallic paint or nail polish. (I like the nail polish better because it's so smooth and shiny and it doesn't chip.)

Step 2: Rolling the Paper

Take the first piece of paper and roll it from the corner using the pencil, glue it, and then snip off the ends. Take the glue gun and fill in the ends. Roll the second paper and cut off a small piece and then cut it on both sides as shown in the second picture. Cut it as shown in the third picture and then glue that end to the first piece of paper.

Step 3: The Toothpick

Cut a piece of the toothpick just big enough to fit inside the end of the paper and tie three pieces of string to the toothpick with equal spaces between them. Glue the whole thing inside the end of the piece of paper and let dry.

Step 4: Adding the Beads

Add the beads in whatever pattern you like, but don't tie off the ends.

Step 5: The Ends

Roll three pieces of paper and trim them all the same length. It looks better if you can make them bigger at one end. Fill in one side only. Then bend three pieces of wire and glue them in the other side of the rolled papers. Let dry. Once that is done, tie the ends of the strings to the wires.

Step 6: The Hooked Scepter

For this one the handle is just a piece of rolled paper like the other one. For the hooked part I used a very thick plastic coat hanger. Unfortunately I don't have one to show you, but you should be able to find one somewhere. Just cut off the end of the hanger, put some glue inside one end of the paper tube and stick the hanger inside it. The paint didn't stick to the top very well so I wrapped some thin strips of paper around it and glued it.

For the last step draw equal lines around both scepters and paint each one a separate color.

Step 7: Finished!

So, there you go. Your own Egyptian scepters! I hope I've explained everything to you. Ask me any questions and I will answer all of them. And if you make them please show me your pictures, I would love to see them! Until next time!



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    10 Discussions


    3 months ago

    I like this but you are kind of cool in a bad but good. Way that is also a little bad that is good that is bad.


    2 years ago

    It's called a crook and flail, but still nice job!!!

    1 reply

    2 years ago

    It's called a crook and flail, but still nice job!!!


    3 years ago

    Is there an alternative to nail polish? Do u know of a way to make these sturdier? I would love to know. PS: amazing work these are so cool! ;-)

    1 reply
    Grace Carnegieaerospace4

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you! Glad you like them! Yes, nail polish does make them a little stronger. But you can fill them with epoxy resin before closing up the ends, or fill them with hot glue. You can also roll two or three pieces of paper, or roll a wooden dowel inside the paper. Oh, and after you paint them, you can give them a clear coat of nail polish or varnish. If you made them good enough, nobody would ever know they were made of paper. :-)