Syria is in My Heart Necklace {Tutorial}

Can you believe it’s been over a year since our last Syrian craft?  Back then we talked about the Syrian people and the suffering that they are enduring.  Well, here it is, one year later, and things are not better.  In fact, they seem to be getting worse.  Today we wanted to make this Syria is in My Heart Necklace so we can hold them close to our thoughts and prayers.


Fold your paper plate in half and draw out half of a heart on one side.  Cut out the heart shape.

Draw a green line about a third of the way down color in the top half of the heart.  Draw a black line at the bottom half of the heart and color in that part black.

Color the three star shapes red.  Notice we are honoring the new Syrian flag for this project by using the three red stars.

Glue the three red stars down in the center of the heart.

Tape down the paperclip to the back of the heart.

Thread the ribbon through the paperclip.

Wear the Syrian flag close to your heart.

If you enjoyed this DIY tutorial on Syria, stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see more Arab country crafts.


Arabic Newspaper Hairclip {Tutorial}

ACraftyArab Arabic Newspaper Hairclip TutorialSince we have so much Arabic newspaper left over from our last craft, today we thought it might be fun to make a hairclip.


Scalloped edge punches (various sizes)
Small hole punch

ACraftyArab Arabic Newspaper Hairclip Tutorial

Use the hole punches to punch out some shapes.ACraftyArab Arabic Newspaper Hairclip Tutorial

We used three different sizes.  We also punched a lot of flowers out so that we could pick good ones with nice random images.  And now we have extras to make more hairclips!ACraftyArab Arabic Newspaper Hairclip Tutorial

Gather up about four of each size of punch and stack them together from largest to smallest.  Using your small hole punch, punch a hole in the middle.ACraftyArab Arabic Newspaper Hairclip Tutorial

Place your brad in the hole.ACraftyArab Arabic Newspaper Hairclip Tutorial

Close up your brad in the back over your hair clip.  (We forgot this part of the process and had to add it to the end, that’s why you don’t see the hair clip in the next two photos. 🙂ACraftyArab Arabic Newspaper Hairclip Tutorial

Take each layer of flower and scrunch it up with your fingers.ACraftyArab Arabic Newspaper Hairclip Tutorial

Keep doing the same to all the layers untill your flower looks like this:ACraftyArab Arabic Newspaper Hairclip Tutorial

Put it in your hair and enjoy!

ACraftyArab Arabic Newspaper Hairclip Tutorial


Enjoy more hairclip tutorials by visiting:

Salam Dove Hair Clip

Nazar Hair Clip Tutorial

 Visit more tutorials on ACraftyArab Pinterest.
ACraftyArab Arabic Newspaper Hairclip Tutorial





Lebanese Beaded Cedar {Tutorial}

I’m a big fan of the Lebanese cedar trees and recently beaded one with my daughter.  These Cedrus libani are a species of cedar native to the mountains of the Mediterranean region.  They have been used by various ancient civilizations, including the Phoenicians, Egyptians and the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh.

The Lebanon cedar is the national emblem of Lebanon, and is displayed on the Lebanese flag and coat of arms. Lebanon is sometimes referred to as the Land of the Cedars.

Today we thought it might be fun to make a little piece of Lebanon to decorate our living room.


White canvas
Cedar tree image downloaded from online
Carbon paper
Tracing tool (or pencil works too)
Green beads
Brown beads
Glue gun

First you have to explain to your child what carbon paper is and what it was used for.  (We ended up going online to find photos of typewriters!)  Then, place the carbon paper between the cedar tree image and the canvas and trace out your design.
Your canvas will look like this:
Next, heat up your glue gun and start with the brown beads.   Place a bit of glue and randomly put some brown beads down.
Don’t put too much glue on your image at one time since the glue dries very quickly. Please be careful of little fingers as the glue is very hot.  Right after I took this photo, my little one burned her finger and we had to ice it right away.  Please be mindful!

After you finish all the brown beads, your canvas will look like this:

Start with the green beads and very slowly go over the image again to cover all the leaves.

Your finished artwork will look like this when you are done:

You can leave it like this, or put it in a shadow frame like we did.

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