5 Pillars of Islam Wind Chime {Tutorial}

My youngest daughter is learning about the 5 Pillars of Islam so I wanted to come up with a craft that would have her seeing them all the time.  I love that she wrote out the 5 pillars herself in her handwriting.

 

Supplies

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.

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Eid Mubarak Money Envelopes {Printable}

I spent the day today making these Eid Mubarak money envelopes to hand out to random homeless people in Seattle this weekend as our holy month of Ramadan comes to a close.

 

I do this with my kids as part of our Random Acts of Zakat for Ramadan.

 

Unfortunately my conversion from a word document to a PDF did not work as well as I hoped and they turned out a little blurry.

 

Here is the Eid Money Envelope Printable.

 

If you enjoyed this free printable, stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more free downloads.

 

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Distressed Wooden Eid Party Sign {Tutorial}

Do you ever have one of those days that no matter what you do, nothing gets done?  Yup, we had one today.  We had grand ideas for our Ramadan Craft Challenge, but those grand ideas were just ideas today.

 

Insha’Allah those ideas will happen for us tomorrow, but in the meantime we did accomplish one thing: the completion of our Eid Party sign!

 

Please note that despite the warm weather, it took a couple of white coats of paint and several drying periods to get this sign done.  So if you are having a party, make sure to plan ahead and make this sign early.

 

Let’s continue with the steps from last time:

After the paint finally dried, we used the sandpaper to take off the layer of white that was on top of the Petroleum Jelly.  Since we had added on a few layers, this step took a little elbow grease.
ACraftyArab Eid Party Distressed Wooden Sign Tutorial {Part 2}

Once the layers of white has been taken off, place your carbon paper on your sign with your Eid Party template on top.  Using your pencil, draw out the letters.  Really push down hard on the paper as you’re trying to make a mark on several coats of paint.  Take off the papers and paint your letters green.

ACraftyArab Eid Party Distressed Wooden Sign Tutorial {Part 2}

Your Eid Party distressed wood sign is done!  You can leave it like this or if you’d like it to last for a long time, you can add a layer of Mod Podge for protection.

 

We left ours alone so that the elements outside can help a little more with the patina of the wood.

ACraftyArab Eid Party Distressed Wooden Sign Tutorial {Part 2}
 Update: We took it to our community Eid party, that was held at a local park.  We placed it outside our picnic shelter to direct people to our food and fun.
ACraftyArab Eid Party Distressed Wooden Sign Tutorial {Part 2}
Enjoy more Eid crafts on A Crafty Arab Pinterest page.

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