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Ancient Egyptian Scarab Handmade Lapel Pin

by Ünal Güler

Let’s create our own Ancient Egyptian Scarab Pin and learn more about Ancient Egyptian Scarab. This craft is great for elementary school kids or older and can be done at home or in the classroom. Children will develop fine motor skills and learn to express creativity by making their own ancient Egyptian scarab pin. You can use your own handmade ancient Egyptian scarab pin to pin to a jacket, backpack or for a costume!

Finished Ancient Egyptian Scarab Craft with Needles on Gray Wooden Table Background - Kids Activity Blog
Make your own handmade Egyptian scarab pin to add to your coat or bag!

At the end of this article, learn something interesting about the history of the ancient Egyptian scarab!

Ancient Egyptian Scarab Pin

Would you like to make your own ancient Egyptian scarab pin to attach to your jacket or backpack? Here’s a super fun tutorial showing you how to make your own Ancient Egyptian Scarab Pin.

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Materials needed to craft an Ancient Egyptian Scarab Pin

How to make your own Ancient Egyptian Scarab Pin

Step 1

Step 1: Handmade pin made from the ancient Egyptian scarab.  On a gray wooden table, create a small ball of aluminum foil.

Gather your materials. Take a small amount of aluminum foil and shape it into a small oval shape.

step 2

Step 2 - Ancient Egyptian scarab made from handmade quill - Aluminum foil was covered with a layer of clay on a gray wooden table background - Kids activities blog

Take pieces of clay and pound them into pancakes. Place your clay pancakes on the aluminum foil oval to create the base of the clay scarab. Make sure the clay pancakes blend smoothly so there are no seams or cracks.

step 3

Step 3 - Ancient Egyptian Scarab, Handmade Needle - Clay on gray wooden table background.  Clay scored a quarter of the depth with a toothpick - Kids Activities Blog

Take your toothpick and make an indentation in the clay about a quarter of the way up the clay. Draw an indented semicircular line in the clay above the line you created.

step 4

Take a small piece of clay and form a half circle out of it, add this to your scarab and smooth it into the clay so it stays on top.

step 5

Step 5 - Ancient Egyptian Scarab Handmade from Needles - Clay scarab on gray wooden table background.  A pickaxe was used to make indentations in the clay to resemble a scarab beetle - blog about activities for kids

Use your toothpick to make indentations in the scarab to form its main body and shell.

step 6

Step 6 - Ancient Egyptian Scarab Hand Needle - long flat piece of clay cut to look like a pair of scarab wings on gray wood background - Kids Activities Blog

Take a long piece of clay and roll it out flat. You can use your hands or a smooth pen to do this.

Step 6 - Ancient Egyptian scarab, handmade needle - Clay wings attached to the back of a clay scarab on a gray wooden background - Kids activities blog

Cut the long piece of clay into a semi-circle shape and attach it to the back of your scarab pin. Make sure the clay is evenly smoothed so the wings don’t pop off. These are the wings of the scarab.

step 7

Step 7 - Ancient Egyptian Scarab Pin, Handmade Scarab Pin, Assembled Scarab Pin on Gray Wood Background.  Added details on scarab wings - Kids Activity Blog

Use your toothpick to add some detail to the wings.

step 8

Step 8 - Ancient Egyptian Scarab Pin Handmade Back of scarab with a safety pin embedded in it on a gray wooden background - Kids Activities Blog.

Attach your safety pin horizontally to the back of your scarab. Take some clay and place it over the side of the toothpick embedded in the clay.

step 9

If you’re using air-drying clay, let it dry. If using modeling clay, bake according to package directions.

step 10

Step 10 - Ancient Egyptian scarab, handmade pin, scarab body painted blue and part of wings painted yellow on gray wooden background - Blog about kids activities.

After your clay has dried or baked, paint the body of the scarab blue. Let the paint dry.

step 11

Step 11 - Ancient Egyptian scarab, handmade pin, scarab with blue painted body and yellow, orange and red painted wings on gray wooden background - Kids Activity Blog.

Paint part of the wings yellow and the rest red and orange. Let the paint dry.

step 12

Step 12 - Handmade ancient Egyptian scarab pin, blue scarab body painted with lighter and darker shades of blue on gray wooden background - Kids Activities Blog.

Using a lighter or darker color and a thin brush, you can add some detail or shading to your scarab’s wings and carapace to make it look shiny. Let the paint dry.

step 13

Clip your scarab pin to either your shirt, backpack or jacket and ta-da! Now you have your very own Ancient Egyptian Scarab Pin!

Finished Ancient Egyptian Handmade Scarab Lapel Pin

Finished ancient Egyptian scarab craft with needles on gray wooden table background.
Check out how awesome our handmade Egyptian scarab pin turned out!

Tips on making your own Egyptian Scarab Lapel Pin

  • If you don’t have toothpicks, you can use a safety pin instead.
  • To make the paint dry faster, use a hair dryer on low to speed up the process.
  • Blend some of your paint to get darker or lighter shades to make your scarab pin look more 3 dimensional!
  • If you have matte varnish, modge podge, or art sealer, apply a coat to your pen after all the colors have dried. This will prevent the paint from peeling off.

my experience with this craft

I had great fun making and designing the handmade ancient Egyptian scarab pin and am very pleased with the result. As I’ve said in my other articles on Ancient Egypt, I got my inspiration for this craft from my Ancient Egypt class, which I took during the first half of the summer. You can read the following paragraph to learn more about the scarab in ancient Egypt!

I didn’t keep my scarab pin to myself though, I gave it to my dad for Father’s Day. He was very pleased with the gift, as ancient Egypt was one of the times in history that he thought was extremely interesting. Perhaps you could do the same and make your pin for a friend or family member? I’m sure they would like it!

Ancient Egyptian Scarab Story for Kids

In ancient Egypt, the scarab was a common symbol representing divinity and the sun. Because of its importance, the scarab became an important symbol of Egypt. Most goods that Egypt exchanged with its neighbors were marked with the scarab seal to legitimize the trade goods as Egyptian.

Scarab sigils are also one of the most comprehensive resources archaeologists and historians possess on ancient Egypt of the Second Intermediate Period. The seals have helped archaeologists figure out the extent of Egypt’s influence and which neighbor or neighbors they interacted with the most.

Sourced from A History of Ancient Egypt by Marc Van Mieroop.

If you want to learn more about the history of ancient Egypt and their views on life after death, here’s a fun TED-Ed video!

preparation time
15 minutes

active time
1 hour 30 minutes

total time
1 hour 45 minutes

difficulty
Middle

Estimated costs
$15

materials

  • volume

  • safety pin

  • Blue color, red color, yellow color, orange color

  • Paint brush

  • aluminum foil

  • toothpick

  • plastic knife

Tool

  • toothpick

  • plastic knife

  • Paint brush

instructions

    1. Take a small amount of aluminum foil and shape it into a small oval shape. Cover with thin slices of clay, making sure the clay pancakes blend smoothly so there are no seams or cracks.
    2. Use your toothpick to mark lines in the scarab’s body to shape its shell.
    3. Take a small semi-circular piece of clay and attach it to the main body of the scarab. Make sure it’s smoothed out so it doesn’t break off. This will be the scarab head.
    4. Take a long piece of clay and roll it out flat. You can use your hands or a smooth pen to do this.
    5. Using your plastic knife, cut out a long, thin semi-circle that will form the scarab’s wings.
    6. Attach the wings to the back of the scarab, making sure they blend smoothly into the scarab’s body.
    7. Add some detailing to the front of the wings with your toothpick.
    8. Attach your safety pin to the back. Make sure it’s firmly attached.
    9. If you’re using air-drying clay, let it dry. If using modeling clay, bake according to package directions.
    10. After your clay has dried or baked, paint the body of the scarab blue. Let the paint dry.
    11. Paint part of the wings yellow and the rest red and orange.
    12. Using a lighter or darker color and a thin brush, you can add some detail or shading to your scarab’s wings and carapace. Let the paint dry. Then you are done!

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How Did Your Ancient Egyptian Scarab Pin Turn Out? Let us know in the comments!

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