The galabeya ( جلابية ) or jalabiya is a traditional Egyptian garment native to the Nile Valley.
At the Startalk Language Camp I taught at last week, we created this Mr. Galabeya cards to use as thank you cards for the parents.
When I showed my daughter these cards, she of course wanted to make them to give out to family as Eid Mubarak cards.
So what better way to start our 2013 30 Day Crafty Ramadan challenge then with a craft that my daughter picked!
Now lay out your card flat and start gluing down the shapes. Remember that Arabic cards open in the opposite direction then English cards, so you’ll need to glue down Mr. Galabeya to the left side of the card.
For the eyes, you’ll want to take the Sharpie and drawn on two dots.
Mr. Galabeya’s mustache is made from drawing two Arabic sideways fours (٤) on top of each other and then color in the space between.
For the top of Mr. Galabeya’s fez hat, first draw a circle at the top of the hat with the Sharpie. Then you’ll need a line going down on the side of the fez. Add a few more smaller lines to look like a tassel.
Your Mr. Galabeya card is done and ready to give out as a Eid Mubarak card to all your friends and family!