Jewellery was very important in ancient Egypt and was worn in both life and death. It was worn by men and women equally. Almost every burial found has had some form of jewellery with it; so it must have been important to wear it on your journey to the afterlife.
Many tomb paintings show both men and women wearing bracelets, armlets and anklets. Here is a quick and easy way to make some. You will need some old toilet roll cardboard tubes, some scissors, glue, paint, string and any other bits and bobs you have lying about.
Firstly, cut the cardboard tubes into pairs of similar depth, then make a slit down one side.
We have stuck some string on now to give more texture to the finished armlet, but you could leave this bit out or stick string in a different pattern.
Paint the armlets gold – we used spray paint which is quick and easy, but any gold paint would work well.
Now you can decorate the armlets in any way you want – you could stick on some gems or beads, paint them with different colours or glitter glue, stick on some clay shapes; whatever takes your fancy. Remember to make a pair that match.
In many tomb paintings bracelets and armlets are both worn and sometimes even anklets too! So make plenty.
We would love to see some of your finished armlets, so email pictures of them to email@example.com or let us know how you got on.