Multicultural Toys & Activities For Kids – Arabic Alphabet coloring pages: Za is for Zabi

Happy Leap Day (2016)!

To celebrate this special day that only happens every four years, I’ve once again gotten together with a few friend bloggers over at Multicultural Kids Blog to showcase leaping activities the world.

Please visit For the Love of Spanish and Marcellina Maria on our blog hop today of things that leap.

Since I had already started our leap month of February with a leaping defda’a (Arabic for frog), I thought I would end it with another animal from my Arabic Animal Alphabet Poster that leaps.

The 17th letter Za (ẓā’) is represented by Thareef the zabi, which is antelope in Arabic.

Thareef is always playing practical jokes on his friends.

Other words that use Za are zarif (elegant), zufr (fingernail), and zuhr (noon).

You can find Thareef as part of the coloring book here.

Arabic Alphabet coloring pages: Za is for Zabi by A Crafty Arab

Be sure to visit the Pinterest board A Crafty Arab Printables for more coloring pages and activities to print out for free!

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

We had just finished our latest large box of cereal and when I was placing it in the recycle bin, I realized I could make something out of it.  I gathered some supplies and came up with this Khatam gift tag. It was so easy to do, I’m gong to make a couple to have on hand.

Supplies
Double sided tape
Scissors
Chalk
Pencil
Bead
String
Hole punch
2 pieces of 3 inch square card stock
Recycled cereal box
Arabesque stencil

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Place a piece of double sided tape in the middle of one of the 3 inch square card stock and offset it before placing it on the second piece to create an eight point star, also called a khatam.

Cut out one section of your cereal box and place double sided tape on one end and fold it over. Place the card stock khatam over the doubled up cereal box and trace out the design.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Cut out the shape.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Erase your pencil marks.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Place the khatam on another section of the cereal box and place the stencil over the shape. Chalk the design.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Punch holes in all eight points.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Cut off a piece of string, twine or embroidery thread about two arm lengths. Find the half way point and go through the khatam at the below two points.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Leave the top string alone for now, start going through the other holes, going back to two space from the top starting point. Then you’ll go back through two space from your second entry point.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Keep stringing your star until you have a square design in the middle, like this. Your two strings should both be at the same hole, but coming in and out of different directions.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Take your longer string and redo the design, but this time creating a second square in the center. Your string should once again come to the same hole as the other string. Keep both strings tight and tie them together at the top. Go up about five inches, tie another knot and cut off the extra sting.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Wrap one of the extra string pieces around your fingers a few times.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Take the second string and tie a knot around the loop you just made.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Cut off any extra string about five inches from the top and use that to tie a little knot about a quarter inch from the top of the loop. Cut off the extra string from the second knot close to the knot.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Cut off the bottom loop of your tassel and attach your bead to the top. Make sure it has a big enough hole for two stings to go through.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Attach your tassel to the bottom of your tag.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Your tag is complete and ready to be given out with any gift. Give it alone, or add it to the Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper Tutorial I showed you how to make last week. Here is the back of the tag, left blank so you can write To/From on it.

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

If you’d like to buy handmade tags without doing the work, check out these cute Arabic Love Scalloped Circle Hanging Tags in my Zibbet shop.

To view more tutorials made with a khatam design, visit
Kirigami Khatam Tutorial
Origami Khatam Tutorial
Quilled Khatam Tutorial

Arabic Initial Tote Tutorial

Khatam Ramadan Matching Game Tutorial
Khatam Ramadan Window Clings Tutorial

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Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper Tutorial

Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper by A Crafty Arab

I have a birthday party tomorrow for a very special friend.

I’ve bought her a book and wanted to make my present stand out from the others on the gift table.

I decided to use the technique I used last July on this Arabic Initial Tote Bag and decorate her wrapping paper. I’ve personalized it with the initial, Kha, the seventh letter of the Arabic alphabet and the first letter of her name.

I hope this tutorial shows you how easy it is to do so you can try it!

Supplies
Pencil with new eraser
Doule sided tape
Kraft wrapping paper
Scissors
Xacto
Sharpie
Ink stamp

Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper by A Crafty Arab

Wrap your gift and set it aside. Mark you pencil eraser with the Sharpie so it’s easy to see the cut you’ll need to make with the Xacto. Cut the sides so your eraser shape is now a square.

Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper by A Crafty Arab

Print out and then cut a large Arabic letter out of paper. You can used regular paper, but I made my letter out of yellow cardstock so it’s easier for you to see in the photos. Use the double sided tape to add it to the front of your present. Use only a tiny bit of tape as you’ll need to take the letter off. Start stamping!

Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper by A Crafty Arab

Stamp all around your letter. Stamp your shapes closer together the closer you are to the letter and fade out the design as you move towards the edges of the present.

Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper by A Crafty Arab

When you are happy with your stamping, remove your paper letter and present your gift!

Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper by A Crafty Arab

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go with gold or silver ink so included both in the supplies photo. When I was playing around on scrap paper, I realized I liked the gold by itself. But please feel free to combine colors, just wash your eraser between colors.

If you enjoyed this craft, be sure to check out my Crafty Ramadan Pinterest board with more Arab and Islamic diy tutorials.

Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper by A Crafty Arab