Arabesque Wallet {Tutorial}

In the past, we have had fun making a different coin purse to hold the kid’s Eid money that they get.  This year my oldest wanted to make a wallet instead of a coin purse to try out something new.

I found this great Duct Tape design at Joann today that was on sale and we turned it into this when I got home from my morning errands.


Cutting Mat
Velcro circles
Arabesque Duct Tape
Black Duct Tape


Lay out the arabesque Duct Tape a little over 7 inches, sticky side up. Fold over one end by about 1/4 inch.

Lay down a black strip of black Duct Tape over the green with a little overlap by 1/4 inch.  Flip it over so now you have the sticky side of the black Duct Tape facing up Lay another layer of arabesque Duct Tape, continuing until you have a piece of “fabric” that is a little over 5 x 8. Lover over the last bottom edge so that sticky side is completely covered.
You’ll need to trim your wallet edges to 4 1/2 by 7 inch.
Make sure the black side of the fabric is facing up and fold over the long end of the fabric 5 3/4 inch in.
Cut an extra little strip of black fabric to close up the sides.
Round out the edges of the wallet.
Cut the cardboard into a 3 1/2 x 1 inch piece.  Place it on the inside of the flap of the wallet and cover with a piece of black Duct Tape.
Place the Velcro circles in the flap.
Your finished wallet will look like this.
Want to make more duct tape crafts? Try these Duct Tape Eid Sheep Earrings.
Be sure to enjoy more tutorials on ACraftyArab Pinterest.



Eid Cake Banner {Tutorial}

I think my daughter is more prepared for Eid then I am this year, to be honest.  She has been trying out different cake recipes. I have been too swamped with orders from Zibbet* and my other shops to take some time to prepare.

Today, she made us this chocolate graham cracker cake, but when it was all done, it looked like it could use a pop of color.

While we waited to taste the deliciousness that I’m sure is on the inside, we spent the afternoon designing and coming up with this Eid cake banner.

This was so easy and inexpensive to make (the chipboard stickers were our only expense, and they really are worth their cost, I promise) that we are going to make more for the cakes my daughter wants to make for friends over the weekend.

The hardest part now is the waiting for tonight to dig into this cake!


Florist foam
Bamboo wooden skewers
Chipboard letter stickers
Chipboard flower stickers
22 gauge gold wire
Wire cutters

We started by measuring our cake so we could find out what words we could write.  Our cake was 9 inches wide.  I had wanted to write Eid Mubarak (blessed Eid), but our letters are too big. We decided to stick with just Eid.

Place your skewers in your florist foam six inches apart.

Our chipboard letters popped right out of their sheet and we were lucky that the backing came with them.  If you letters don’t come off with the backing, use your scissors to cut out the backing as you’ll need it.  Check the spacing of your letters and flowers to make sure they fit.

Cut a piece of gold wire 12 inches long.
Gently pull back only the top part of the sticker backing and place the wire inside.  Press the sticker closed again with the wire in-between.

Wrap the wire around the skewers and cut off any excess ends.

Cut your skewers in half and place each end in the cake.

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more tutorials to create.


Eid Rattle Drum {Tutorial}

Eid is just coming up so we made this rattle drum to remember past holidays. I love to reminisce of being in an Arab country during this magical time.

The fondest memory that always comes up is the amount of noise there is around Eid.  For three days there is singing, dancing, fireworks, cannons, guns, ululating, and of course drums.

It’s as if the world has woken up from a month long nap and is bursting with gratitude.

Muslim children were always trying to get in on the noise action with miniature rattle drums. I told the story of these drums to my kids and they immediately wanted to make their own.

This is what we came up with today.

I had to take it away after a few trial rattles, but I promised I would return it on Eid.

Just in time to get some earplugs. I guess I forgot about the amount of noise there is around Eid because I was the child making the noise!


Bamboo skewer
Decoupage oval box
Yellow paint
White paint
Pink Sharpie
Hole punch
Khatim Template
Glue (not pictured)
Place your khatim template on the lip of your decoupage box and trace out the design.

Paint the inside of it white.  You might need two layers to really make it bright.  Let it dry.  Lay out the newspaper and paint the rest of the lid, and box, yellow.

Punch a hole on one end of the box.  Make sure to not put it towards where the lid will be covering the hole.

Punch your bamboo skewer in and add a touch of glue to the end.  Attach it to the other end of the box.

Punch two more holes on the sides of the box, trying to follow the rule above (not covering the lid) and also trying to make them a little even.

Add your ribbon and tie a knot on the inside.

Here is a fun part we didn’t anticipate.  The beads that my daughter picked out had too small of an opening for the white ribbon.  So we picked different beads, with much bigger openings, plus we picked much thinner ribbon. You can see the difference below.

String your ribbon through the side hole and tight a knot on the inside.  Our ribbon was 5 inches long, but I’d suggest you go up to 7 inches to make tying the not easier.

Add the beads to the other end and tie two knots on top of each other.
Write out the word E I D on your lid with the pink Sharpie.

Outline your pink letters in black to really make them pop out.

Add glue along the edge of the box and attach the lid.
Let it dry. Then make some noise by twirling it between your hands.  The beads will swing and hit the front and back.
 If you would like to make more Eid tutorials, please visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.