Ancient Egypt Salt Dough Amulets

An amulet is a small object that a person wears or carries for luck or protection. In Ancient Egypt, amulets were also used in jewellery and were wrapped up within a mummy's bandages to ensure a good afterlife.

Udjat eye amulet (eye of horus)
Udjat eye amulet (eye of horus)

You will need:

1 quantity of salt dough
Acrylic paint (gold, red, blue and black)
Varnish (optional)
String or cord


Look at some examples of Egyptian amulets. Popular designs are scarab beetles, ankh and Udjat eyes (also known as the eye of of Horus).

Shape the salt dough to make your amulet. Make a hole in the top. Carefully transfer to a baking sheet and bake at 160˚F (70˚C) for about 2 hours.

Ankh amulet
Ankh amulet

When the amulets are cool paint them in bright colours. Leave to dry. To finish paint on a coat of varnish (optional).

Thread on to string to wear.

Scarab beetle amulet

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