Coin Felt Necklace Tutorial

A Crafty Arab Coin Felt Necklace

Coined jewelry is very big in the Arab world. Arab cultures have a practice of keeping large amounts of wealth stored in the form of jewelry. Brides would wear headpieces covered in coins. The coined jewelry was a financial investment, when times were tough, it was sold off to provide for their family. But when times were good, the women would add to her collection.

Even dancers would adorn hip scarves that had tiny coins that jingled when they danced. It was said that street dancers would sew the coins that were thrown at them when they danced in the street to show how successful and well liked they were.

Today we thought we’d be inspired by Arab coined jewelry and create a necklace with round felted pieces that looked like round coins. We hope you can make it too!

Supplies

Felt (four different colors)
Scissors
Ruler
Pen
Fabric Glue
Rubber Bands (Optional)
Needle
Embroidery thread
Thimble (Optional)
Buttons (Optional)acraftyarab-coin-felt-necklace1

Cut a felt sheet into 5 x 4 rectangle and another contrasting colour in 5 x 3. Do the same with two other colors too.acraftyarab-coin-felt-necklace2

Place smaller rectangle on top of larger rectangle and be sure to leave a 1/2 inch gap at both ends. acraftyarab-coin-felt-necklace3

Paste glue along the edge.acraftyarab-coin-felt-necklace4

Roll up the felt from the glued edge.acraftyarab-coin-felt-necklace5

Paste glue along the other edge and hold in place for a few minutes until the glue dries. If your little one is having a hard time holding the ends down until they dry, use rubber bands. acraftyarab-coin-felt-necklace6

Lay your rolled felt piece along a ruler and make tiny marks on the 1/2 inch mark.acraftyarab-coin-felt-necklace7

Cut your felt piece on these rolled marks.acraftyarab-coin-felt-necklace8

Here are all ours cut up.acraftyarab-coin-felt-necklace9

Thread the beads onto the embroidery thread and needle to make the necklace. acraftyarab-coin-felt-necklace10

You can also sew on buttons to some of the rolled felt beads for a fun contrast.acraftyarab-coin-felt-necklace11

To see more fun A Crafty Arab tutorials, visit Pinterest.

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Henna Stencil Tshirt Tutorial

A Crafty Arab Henna Stencil Tshirt TutorialI love to get my hands hennaed for weddings, festivals, Eids or really any reason to decorate myself.

Henna, or mehendi, refers to the dye prepared from a flowering plant and the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes.  It has traditionally been used in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Personally I’ve never been a big fan of permeate tattoos (even though I grew up with a grandmother who had facial tribal tattoos) as they seem, well, permeate. But henna tattoos can be changed or placed on different body parts and only last for a few days.

If you are still torn about putting tattoos on your body, then  put them on a t-shirt!

For today’s craft, my friend Rita, who owns Caravan Serai, had brought me back some tattoos stickers that you can put on your hand and just paste the henna over. So I thought it might be fun to see if the girls and I can use them to stencil over a t-shirt.

Supplies

Prewashed t-shirt
Cardboard sized to fit in the t-shirt
Fabric paint
Sponge brush
Pencil
Paper
Scissors
Henna sticker stencil

A Crafty Arab Henna Stencil Tshirt Tutorial

Put your stencil design under a piece of paper and trace over the outline. Cut out the outline.

A Crafty Arab Henna Stencil Tshirt Tutorial

Place your cardboard inside the shirt so that your fabric paint does not bleed through. Center the piece of paper in the center of your t-shirt and put your stencil in the middle of your cut out.

A Crafty Arab Henna Stencil Tshirt Tutorial

Take your paint brush, dip it into the paint and sponge the stencil. Cover the whole design with the paint.

A Crafty Arab Henna Stencil Tshirt Tutorial

Let dry and carefully remove stencil.  Here is a close up of our painted stencil.

A Crafty Arab Henna Stencil Tshirt Tutorial

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To see more fun DIYs, visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.

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Eid Festive Sheep {Tutorial}

After we made our Star banner yesterday, we have a lot of left over tissue paper. We decided to make a festive sheep that will sit on our table to help us celebrate Eid!

 

Usually you see these sheep directions for white cotton balls for the sheep’s coat. But our sheep is very excited about Eid and wanted a full color coat!

 

And really, it’s it much cuter in color?

 

Supplies

Paper plate
Scrapes of colorful tissue paper
Black marker
Glue

A Crafty Arab Festive Eid Sheep Tutorial

Draw a sheep on your paper plate.

A Crafty Arab Festive Eid Sheep Tutorial

Crumble up your tissue paper. Try to make your tissue paper small so that you can fit more on your sheep body.

A Crafty Arab Festive Eid Sheep Tutorial

Place glue all over the inside of the sheep’s body.

A Crafty Arab Festive Eid Sheep Tutorial

Place the crumbled pieces of tissue paper in a random pattern all over your sheep body.

A Crafty Arab Festive Eid Sheep Tutorial

Write Eid Mubarak over the sheep’s body and enjoy your smiling sheep!

 

Visit more of this year’s 30 days of Ramadan Crafty Challenge (2011) or check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.

 

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