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

1 Comment

  1. Jayme Smiddy

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    a sort of easygoing article. I spent just a couple of minutes studying, and because of well-structured text, then I understand it
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