Ramadan Moon and Star Podgeable {Tutorial}

In our house, we are in love Mod Podge and have had to resort to buying the larger sized bottles due to our excess usage.

It is an amazing glue and finish together. You only need a thin layer to work but the most important element of it’s design is that it is non-toxic for children.

It comes in a variety of formulas, including gloss, which is what we are using today. Don’t mind that the bottle says matte, we just refill our small bottle. After trying both, I have found that the kids like the shininess of the gloss much more, while I like the matte for my own products.

Right before the month of Ramadan, I headed to our local craft store to stock up and I found these podgeable metal blanks in the same aisle.

We pulled them out today to make these adorable Ramadan crescent moon and star necklace and earring jewelry set.

Supplies

White and blue glitter
Mod Podge
White and blue card stock
Paint brush
Oval rings
Earring clasps
2 Sets of pliers
Round punch
Moon and star punch
Podgeable metal blanks

Start by punching out one blue circle with the large punch and two white circles with the smaller punch from your cardstock. Don’t throw away your leftovers, you’ll need them again later!
 

Use brush to place a thin layer of Mod Podge on your metal blanks and add your circle punches.

Pour blue glitter over the large circle and white glitter over the two smaller circles.

Punch out two moon and star cut outs from the blue and one set from the white cardstock you had set aside.

Place your cut outs in your metal blanks over their contrasting color.  Pour a thick layer of Mod Podge over the whole thing and let dry for a few hours.  We put ours in the window sill. If you do leave yours out overnight, put a plate over them to keep pets and dust away.

Use your two jewelry pliers to open an oval ring and add one small circle and an earring clasp. Close the oval ring with your pliers.  Also add an oval ring to your larger circle and attach a ribbon, silver, cord, or any type of chain you would like to your necklace.

Enjoy your jewelry or save the set to give away as an Eid gift. Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to enjoy more tutorials that teach about the Arab world.

 

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Recycled Woolly Sheep Paper Roll {Tutorial}

This cute Ramadan craft uses cotton balls and recycled paper rolls to create adorable woolly sheep.

 

We have made plenty of sheep projects over the years on A Crafty Arab blog.  I even compiled them in a list last April so they would be easy to find on this post called 99 Sheep Creative Projects.

 

Sheep play an important role in Islam. They are eaten because of their significance in the religious story of Abraham scarifying his son to God. Instead at the last moment, Allah (Arabic for God) provided a ram so that Isaac may live. Now, a goat, sheep, camel, or cattle is sacrificed on religious holidays and 3/4 of the meat is donated to the poor.

 

Inspired by some of the sheep in the list, my youngest daughter and I made this sheep trio.

Her older sister made her the backdrop out of a cereal box and some paint.  She simply opened up an empty box, painted the curtains and stars, then taped the bottom to make it stand.

Supplies
Black straws
Black and white sticky back foam
3 card board rolls
Pencil
Scissors
Glue
Googly eyes
Card stock
Cotton balls

Start by cutting your black straw in half and then in half again for four equal pieces.

Take your pencil and poke four holes into your toilet paper roll. Place glue on the ends of your straws and insert them into the holes

Quickly insert a few cotton balls into the toilet paper rolls to stick to the straws inside. add glue to the bottom of your sheep, between the legs and start adding cotton balls to the toilet paper roll. Keep going until you cover your whole sheep.

On your cardstock, draw out a sheep face template and a small cloud. Cut out the outline.

Place the templates on the back of the sticky back foam and trace out the outlines. Cut out the head from black foam and the cloud from the white foam.

Take the back off the white cloud shape and place it on the forehead of the sheep face.  Glue on two dots and put on googly eyes.

Take off the back of the black foam and place it over either end of the sheep.  Glue on a few more cotton balls to the other end and your sheep are ready for opening night!

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Traveling Khatam Matching Game {Tutorial}

We really enjoyed making the Khatam Ramadan Window Clings and they became the inspiration for today’s craft, an Islamic matching game.

Just remember that if you don’t have the Sealed with a Star Fiskars Punch (it makes the 8 pointed star design above), you can simply cut out two identical squares and glue them on each other, offset.  The punch just makes it fast and even.

You can buy the chipboard squares to make your matching game more durable. We plan to make ours a traveling game, or you can just use a sturdy card stock. The thicker the paper, the longer lasting your game will be.

Supplies

2 inch chipboard squares
Friskas Sealed with a Star Punch
Glue
Coloring pencils
12 x 12 colored cardstock

Use your punch and go around the 12 x 12 paper, getting your cuts as close as possible to each other.  You will need 20 (or more) squares and it’s a good idea to conserve on paper. Ramadan is a great time to teach the kids about our environment and how we should use up as little paper as possible.

Once you have cut all the way around your paper, get rid of the excess on the outer side and cut more from the center.  Again, making your cuts as close as possible to make it all fit.

Draw two sets of an image on your 2 x 2 cardstock with your color pencil. When you are drawing the second image, it’s a good idea to keep the first one near you to match it as close as possible.

Once all 20 squares are drawn, glue the colored khatam punchouts to the back of your drawn chipboard masterpieces.

Can’t think of ideas of what to draw? Read below for a list to get your brain started.

Here are what we drew, and their Arabic names, on our squares: subha (prayer beads), hilal (crescent moon), shahe (tea), sazjat al sala (prayer rug), jamal (camel), masjid (mosque), shajara nakhl (date palm), najma (star), Ka3ba (Ka’ba), fanoos (Ramadan lantern).  Over the month, we’ll go over the significance of each to Muslims as we create crafts about them.  For now, here is how we drew them on our squares.

Turn all your pieces over, mix them up (or have someone else do it for you) and start a game with a sister, brother, cousin, friend or anyone else you can find.

Here are the rules: flip over one square and see what it is.  Flip over only one more square for a match.  (Fun adaptation – once you flip over a square, practice saying the Arabic word for it.)

If they do not match, flip both squares over to the khatam side and the next person goes.  If they match, you get to keep both and they count as a “point”.

The person with the most points at the end of the game wins.  If it as a tie, you’ll have to play again!

 

Did you enjoy this game? Check out these other ones we have made

Traveling Button TicTacToe {Tutorial}

Traveling Moon and Star Tic-Tac-Toe {Tutorial}

 

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterset to see more fun DIY craft tutorals to make.

 

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