Supplies Needed

  • Brown paper bag
  • White glue
  • Water
  • Wax paper
  • Bowl
  • Stir Stick

What to do

Step 1
Rip the brown paper bag into one inch wide strips of equal length.

Step 2
In a bowl make a mixture of half glue and half water. (To make one sheet of papyrus you only need about 1/4 cup of each.)

Step 3
Dip the brown paper strips in the glue mixture and remove excess glue.

Step 4
Lay the strips side-by-side on the wax paper, overlapping them slightly.

Step 5
Apply another layer of strips at a right angle to the first layer.

Step 6
Let the paper dry overnight.

Step 7
Decorate your creation with paints or crayons.

Ancient Egypt - Papyrus

This lesson explores how ancient Egyptians used papyrus to make paper and food, boats, perfumes and a variety of items. We’ve provided this lesson as a free sample of our Ancient Egypt unit.


  • Two information pages
  • Reading response quiz
  • Papyrus making activity

Papyrus Digital Task Cards

This set of 21 digital task cards will teach students about the papyrus plant in Ancient Egypt. There are reading passages as well as true or false, fill-in-the-blank, multiple-choice and matching activities.

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  1. Jayme Smiddy

    I really loved that one, because it is filled with interesting facts and it’s
    a sort of easygoing article. I spent just a couple of minutes studying, and because of well-structured text, then I understand it
    entirely. Thanks!

  2. Angelina

    Could you use Modge Podge as an alternative to the glue mixture?

    • Christa Galloway

      Mod Podge should work as well, but you might need to add some water to thin it out a bit.



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