Ramadan Crafts Challenge 2013 Roundup {Resource}

Now that our 2013 Ramadan is over, I wanted to take a moment to list the 30 crafts we made over the month.


I started the 30 days of Ramadan Crafty challenge back in July 2011 to give my daughters a creative outlet for making some fun Arab/Asian/Islamic crafts to celebrate this month of their heritage and culture.


Most of the crafts I’ve done in the past three years have been ones that I have created on my own or had to adapt from other resources.  I had to do this since there are currently no good craft book for Arab/Asian/Islamic/Eid/Ramadan crafts.  But maybe things will change soon and I can take my craft ideas and turn them into an ebook.  I’m just not sure there is a market for it, as it’s never been done before.  Plus, I’d love to hire a photographer as my skills are amateur.


Until then, please enjoy this list of 30 free DIY craft tutorials to celebrate the days of Ramadan with your children.  If you’d like to see all the images of all the crafts, make sure you visit my Pinterest board for this year.  And follow me to get updates for 2014!

1.   5 Pillars of Islam Wind Chime {Tutorial}
2.   Arab League Word Puzzle {Printable}
3.   Arabic Numbers Toss {Tutorial}
4.   Camel Coffee Cozy
5.   Clothespin Debke Dancers
6.   Crafting Update – Eid Party Distressed Wooden Sign…
7.   Crescent Moon and Star Thaumatropeis
8.   Eid Mubarak Money Envelopes
9.   Eid Mubarak Puzzle Card
10. Eid Mubarak Sheep Magnet
11. Eid Paper Star Table Toppers
12. Eid Party Distressed Wooden Sign
13. Elegant Brown & White Eid Decorated Letters
14. Emirates Button Card
15. Glass Zakāt Decorated Jar
16. I’m Praying Door Hanger
17. Ishmael and Family Story Stones
18. Libyan Cooling Fan
19. Mini Canvas Minarets
20. Moon and Star Stamp
21. Mr. Jalabiya Eid Mubarak Card
22. My First Ramadan Sharpie Plate
23. My Ramadan Moon Flip Book
24. Nazar Hair Clip
25. Ramadan Crescent Moon & Star Ithnain
26. Ramadan Dates Advent Calendar
27. Ribbon Moon Door Hanger
28. Somalian Flag Pennant
29. Sun Printed Arabic Numbers Cards
30. Woolly Sheep Eid Mubarak Card

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more Ramadan craft DIY tutorials.





Camel Coffee Cozy {Tutorial}

We made this coffee cozy as an Eid gift by painting a camel with puff paint on fabric. It is part of our Ramadan crafts tutorials as we get ready for Eid Al Fitr, the festival that commemorates the end of the holy month.

Eid Mubarak to all my followers , fans , friends & family.

I know so many of you out there, but especially my brother, have missed your morning coffee.  So today’s Ramadan Craft Challenge is dedicated to you.

Those that have braved co-workers coffee runs, driving by 15 Tully’s on your way to the mosque, and most importantly, that big, beautiful lonely coffee pot that has been sitting on your counter.

I came across this fabric coffee cozy at the discount bin of my local craft store. I brought it home so that one of the girls can decorate it as an Eid gift for their uncle.

For everyone else, go ahead, make that cup.  And give your kids the supplies to make this camel coffee cozy using fabric puffy paint.


Fabric coffee cozy
Camel template (found online)
Fabric puffy paint

We took the camel template and place it on our cozy. We utlined the design with our puffy fabric paint.

After our camel was done, we started decorating our coffee cozy with other designs. We started with grass below.

We also added pyramids and a moon.  To compliment the grass below, we added a blue pattern above also. Once our design was painted on our coffee cozy, we laid it out in a sunny spot to dry.

Did you enjoy making this camel? Try these other handmade gifts with these beautiful creatures:

Eid Camel Gift Bag Tutorial

Camel Fold-in Tutorial

If you enjoyed this camel diy crafty tutorial, please stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterst for more.


5 Pillars of Islam Wind Chime {Tutorial}

We made this 5 pillars of Islam wind chime in hopes that by seeing them visually daily, this will help my daughter learn them.

5 pillars of Islam can be explained to kids as the primary principals of Muslim life.

They begin with a Shahada (Arabic: اَلشَّهَادَةُ‎ ), a testimony that there is no God but one God, then Salah (Arabic: ٱلصَّلَاة‎), the five daily prayers, followed by Zakāt (Arabic: زكاة‎), the giving of part of your wealth to the less fortunate. If it is possible, Muslims are asked to also offer Siyam (صِيَام), fasting during Ramadan and go on a Hajj (Arabic: حَجّ‎) or pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

My youngest daughter is learning about the 5 Pillars of Islam so I wanted to come up with a craft that would have seeing them all the time.  I had left over beads from an old necklace and found some tags at the craft store, along with a few other supplies to get us started.

I love that she wrote out the 5 pillars herself in her handwriting.


Our wood beads came with two sets, one that had two holes, and one that only had one hole.  Take the set that has two holes and write out the word ISLAM with your letter stickers.

On the bottom tags (with only one hole) write out the 5 Pillars with a colored pen.

Using your pliers, make a curl on the end of your wire so your tag does not slip out.  We also put the wire back in after this and twisted it on.

Take your wood beads and feed them in the other end of the wire.


Once you get to a length you like (we didn’t measure anything), slip on your other tags that have the two holes.

Continue to add more beads and when you get to a length you like, twist your wire around your dowel.

Cut off about 1/2 inch from the top of the dowel and make another curl in your wire.  Continue to do this with your next four wires.

Take another wire and fold it in half.  Twist it around twice in the middle so that you have a hook for your wall nail.  Twist the two ends on either end of the dowel.

Your wind chime is done and ready for hanging.  We wanted ours to be an indoor chime so that my daughter can see it daily.  However, if you’d like to make your wind chime an outdoor chime, make sure you put a protective layer of a sealant on the stickers and written words.


Here is a close up of the two tags in their completed forms. The top wooden tags:

The bottom wooden tags:

If you enjoyed making this wind chime, please stop by A Crafty Arab to see more of our DIY crafts tutoials that teach about the Arab world.