Arabic Newspaper Gift Bag {Tutorial}

Last time my folks came to visit, they left behind a stack of Arabic newspapers. Since this is not an item that we normally have delivered to us (honestly, we don’t even get the English paper) I saved the stack in hopes of using them for a craft project.

Now that day is here!

We thought it might be fun to create a gift bag.

Supplies

Newspaper
Cereal box
Tape
Scissors
Hole punch
Ruler
Ribbon

Pick a size of a cereal box that you want your finished bag to be. A box that is still
closed on one end works the best. Lay the newspaper on the box after you look
around the pages to find a great image. We ended up with a fantastic picture of Egyptian
tahtib dancers and put that image front and center.

When you get to the bottom, fold in the edges at one end and tape the flaps
together.

The bottom of your bag will look like this.

Carefully take out the cereal box.

Cut the very bottom of the cereal box.

Put your bottom of the cereal box inside the bag. This will help make it
stable and will allow the bag to sit up.

Cut off two pieces of thin cardboard from the top of your cereal box the width of the box. They should be about 1 inch wide. Put these pieces in the top of your bag, lengthwise, and fold over the newspaper. These will give your bag extra strength for the ribbon. We also taped these down to hold the cardboard until the next step.

Hole punch two holes on each side and insert your ribbon.

Your gift bag is done!

You can use smaller boxes to make different size bags.
If you enjoyed making this Arabic newspaper gift bag, visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more fun tutorials.

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Mosque Vellum Night Light {Tutorial}

This is a cute little vellum night light, complete with a mosque and palm trees, we made for our Ramadan crafts challenge to light our suhoor.

If you do decide to turn it on, please make sure you use a non-burning candle or even a light bulb. If you do use a candle, place it in a glass cup to protect the vellum.  Please do not leave this vellum night light unattended!

Supplies

Vellum
Colored paper with mosque silhouette
Star punch
Double sided tape
Xacto knife
Cutting board

A Crafty Arab Mosque Night Light Tutorial

First I found a mosque silhouette online when I did a search on Bing.  Since I didn’t trust my 5 year old with the Xacto knife, I went ahead and cut out the design for her.

A Crafty Arab Mosque Night Light Tutorial

Then you’ll need to put some double sided tape on your design. Make sure you get all the tape all over (especially on the minarets and palm leaves). No one is going to see the tape, since it goes on the inside, so it’s okay that you put it on rather thick.

A Crafty Arab Mosque Night Light Tutorial

Next put your mosque silhouette over the vellum.

A Crafty Arab Mosque Night Light Tutorial

Using the double sided tape, secure the two ends together to form a tube. You’ll need to make sure everything lines up, especially on the bottom. If you are using a light bulb that has a cord, you’ll need to cut out a little notch so the cord will fit out of the vellum.

A Crafty Arab Mosque Night Light Tutorial

Use the star punch to make some stars out of the extra paper you had left over from the mosque silhouette.

A Crafty Arab Mosque Night Light Tutorial

Glue your stars on the outside of the vellum.

A Crafty Arab Mosque Night Light Tutorial

Enjoy your mosque night light!

A Crafty Arab Mosque Night Light Tutorial
If you’d like to make more mosque crafts, visit 99 Creative Mosque Projects.  Check out more tutorials on A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.

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Eid Crepe Paper Table Runner {Tutorial}

I’m a little short on time today, since it’s a typical Monday, so we made this Eid table runner from supplies at hand, crepe paper.

I don’t know about you guys, but since the bank, post office and all other such places are closed on Sunday, it seems that Monday’s to do list is longer then any other days.

Today’s 30 Day Ramadan Crafty Challenge has to be a quick and easy one as Eid is not that far away. Eid Al Fitr is the holiday celebration at the end of Ramadan.

Today I thought it might be fun to decorate the table where we eat dinner.
We made a festive table runner out of crepe paper.  The little Egyptian man and woman above are wood figures I picked up in the Egyptian souk.  I wish I had written down the artist’s name.

Eid Saeed Table Runner Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Supplies

  • Crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
Eid Saeed Table Runner Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Start by cutting out five long pieces of crepe paper. We didn’t really
measure, we just wanted to make sure the ends were long enough to be covered by the place mats.

Eid Saeed Table Runner Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Then cut off five pieces of shorter crepe paper to go in the other
direction.

Eid Saeed Table Runner Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Weave the shorter pieces in the longer pieces to create a basket weave
design.

Eid Saeed Table Runner Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Tape down your edges.

Eid Saeed Table Runner Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

You are done!

We started with just the simple design that you see in the second picture,
but then wanted to use up some of the letters we used in our I Love Allah This Much craft. It turned out that the blue was a nice contrast to the yellow and white. The crescent moon and stars are made from a craft punch I have.  “Eid Saeed” means Happy Eid.

Eid Saeed Table Runner Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Okay, I’m off to run my errands. Make sure you stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more crafts to make in a hurry.