A few weeks ago I joined a new collective called Creative Muslim Women.
This group was developed to create a safe space for sharing the trials and triumphs of being a professional or hobbyist, female, Muslim creative.
I’m very excited to see what develops. From the website –
Creative Muslim Women, is a vibrant community of diverse Muslim women who identify themselves somewhere on the broad spectrum of Creative. Our membership ranges from world renowned writers, artists and makers who are top of their niche, successful entrepreneurs, bloggers, designers to those who are aspiring and those there to be inspired.
30 Day Ramadan Crafty Challenge Roundup (2015) by A Crafty Arab
When my three daughters and I began the 30 Day Ramadan Crafty Challenge back in July 2011 it was because there were no creative website that met our heritage and cultural needs.
As I artist, I had the resources to create crafts for them in my studio, at the same time spending time with them individually talking about Islam, Ramadan and my childhood memories of family. Our tradition has continued annually through 2012, 2013 and 2014.
I hope you enjoyed our activities over the month, feel free to also check them out visually on Pinterest and presented here alphabetically –
As a treat for surviving Ramadan, I made my daughters these little Eid gold and green cones, filled with the most special kind of candy at our house, peanut m&ms.
We had cheat days, we had looooong days, we had whiney days, we had extra prayer days. You name it, we did it. We adjusted to having an Islamic holy month in a Western culture, in an area with an average of way too many hours of sunshine in July. And did I mention swim team?
We’d like to say shukran to those that followed along on Instagram, Pinerest, Twitter, and Facebook. Your comments have been enjoyed and discussed. We are blessed to be surrounded by so many creative, encouraging souls.
I will do a wrap up for the 2015 30 Day Ramadan Crafty Challenge next week. But now, we plan on unplugging, after a full month of social media (see links above) for the weekend. We hope to visit friends, hike in nature, share desserts, volunteer and just hanging out playing some of the games we made up over the month.
For today, here is a little tutorial that the girls don’t know I made as an extra Eid gift for them. These little treasures will be hidden somewhere on our hike this weekend and the girls will spend some time on a treasure hunt finding them.
Supplies Large basket Foil gold origami paper Circle template Circle cutting tool Green tissue paper Twist ties Scissors Glue Floral large punch Double sided tape Peanut M&Ms Green Eid Decorations Sharpie
Lay out your tissue paper and place your large basket upside down to trace out a circle. Cut this out.
Use the circle template and tool to cut out a smaller circle from the origami paper.
Place a small amount of glue on the back of the origami paper and place it in the center of the tissue paper circle. Our glue seeped through, so we turned our project over so it would not glue down to the table. Let this dry for a few minutes.
Cut three lines into the circle to the center, making three fan shapes.
Turn your fan into a cone shape and run one line of glue down a side. close it up and wait for it to dry.
Use the double sided tape on the back side of the tags and add them to the gold part of the cone.
Fill the cones with your favorite candy and use the twist ties to close them up. If you are worried about any of the glue and open candy, feel free to use pre-wrapped candy. I’ve got hardy PNW girls who will be digging in a forest for these, so it is what it is. 🙂