Thursday, May 10, 2012

Make Your Own Egyptian Amulet

Feel like you need some extra powers to help with that upcoming test? Or how about that new move you're working on? Try making a cool amulet!

In ancient Egypt, amulets ranged from elaborate carvings to simple messages written on a piece of stone or a scrap of papyrus. Amulets were worn to heal an illness, protect the wearer against danger, or to help them make it through a difficult time.


How? A person made an amulet by writing down a spell or wish. It was then knotted to a string and worn around the neck. Some people simply wrote their spell on a stone, and others wrote it on a sheet of papyrus and rolled it into a small scroll.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR AMULET

MATERIALS:
    • Paper
    • Scissors
    • String or colored yarn
    • Markers, pencils or pens

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Think of a good wish or spell.
    Here are a few ideas:
       • To do well at a contest. 
        • To make new friends
        • To get through an upcoming test
Your imagination is the limit.

2. Cut your paper:
    Using either white or colored paper, cut out a 3-inch square.

3. Write down your wish:
    Write your wish on your square. You can use colored pens, and you could even add glitter.

4. Add extra ancient magic!
    Draw one of these symbols on your amulet.

5. Roll it up into a tiny scroll.
    Here's a really old looking scroll for inspiration!


6. Wear it, or put it someplace special.
    Using a piece string or twine, or even a piece of colored wool, wind the string tightly around the spell. Then fasten it around your wrist, ankle or neck.

    You could also put the amulet in a special place instead, like a small jewelry box.



Remember, magic spells should only be used for good!

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Scott Peters writes ancient Egyptian adventure books. He's currently working on book 3 in the Secret Agent Zet Series.

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Scott Peters writes action-filled adventures in ancient Egypt. In addition to writing, the author has created over 300 museum, science center and theme park installations for such places as the Smithsonian, the Washington Children's Museum, Walt Disney World and Paramount Pictures. Peters also helped design an interactive TV show for the Nickelodeon Channel.

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