Nowruz Sib Origami {Tutorial}


Tomorrow is Nowruz, a holiday celebrated in Iran and by those who speak Farsi all over the world.

Part of the holiday celebration is placing a half sin table in your home and one of the items is sīb, or apples, in Persian.

Last year on our road trip through Florida, my girls brought with them an origami book and covered my rental car dash with their creations.  Including origami balloons that my eight year old loved making.  Something about taking a flat piece of paper and turning into 3D art just by blowing was so much fun for her.

As she was making them, I couldn’t help but see an apple shape in the design. So today I thought it might be fun to do a craft for kids, by taking these square balloons and turned them into apples for a half sin table in your home.

Supplies
Square origami paper
Green card stock
Scissors
Bone folder
Sticks
Glue

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Fold your square piece of paper in half.  Make sure the bottom of the paper meets the top portion exactly.  We like to use a bone folder to make sure our folds are crisp. You can use your fingernails too.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Fold it again in the other direction.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Fold your square piece of paper diagonally in both directions. Your paper will now have a X and a + in the middle of it.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Fold in the upper right corner.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Repeat it on the other side so that your paper now looks like an arrow shape.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Fold the side flaps to the top.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Repeat this on the other side.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Fold the right corner into the middle.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Repeat on the other side.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Turn the whole thing over and repeat on the other side until now you have a diamond shape.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Tuck the top and bottom loose flaps into the folds you just
made.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Repeat this for all four flaps.  Turn the folded paper to the end that does not have any flaps. Locate the hole in the center of this side. Blow into the hole. The ball should inflate – just remember to keep those flaps tucked in.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Add a dap of glue in the opening and place your stick inside.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Cut out a small leaf design from the green cardstock.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Dap a little more glue and add the leaf.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Your sīb is done!

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Make more to hand out to friends, neighbors or co-workers and tell them all about Nowruz and how apples represent beauty and love.

Nowruz Sib Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

To learn more about Nowruz, visit –

Nowrūz – سال نو مبارک (Happy New Year!!!)
Norooz Mubarak 2015

To buy handmade Nowrus cards, visit –
A Crafty Arab Farsi Cards

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Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see other ways to celebrate Nowruz and learn about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Arabic Initial String Art {Tutorial}


I’ve been wanting to try string art for while because it just looks like so much fun to do. I thought I would try it with the letter meem, the 24th letter in the Arabic alphabet.

Supplies

12×9 inch wood board
Meem computer printout
Hammer
Embroidery thread
Tape
Nails

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

This past weekend I found a board at my local thrift shop that already had a backing and I knew the time was perfect to try this craft.

When I brought the board home, it looked like this.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

After a few coats of white paint, I managed to finally get rid of the black, loving dog.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Then I painted the white with a pretty duochrome oceanic green watercolor.  After it dried, I taped down my meem cut out and started nailing. I started on the end, placing a nail down on it’s side to use as a sizer of where to place the next nail.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

After a few rounds of “oww” and “ouch” my husband asked what I was doing. I told him that this tiny nails were impossible to hold. He suggested using pliers. Genius!

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

I outlined the whole letter with nails and then took off the paper and tape.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

I then went around the border of the board and placed nails about one inch apart.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Once it was all finished, I tied one end of the embroidery thread onto a nail. I put in three knots to be safe.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

I then started the outline of the border and the inside of the letter.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

 

 

Once the outline was complete, I started doing the inside between the outlines.
Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab
I ended up using three packets of embroidery thread total and I think it came out great.
Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

 

To have more crafty fun with Arabic letters, check out my other tutorials –
Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper Tutorial
Arabic Initial Tote Tutorial
Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to learn create more crafts with the Arabic language.

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Celebrate 2016 Women’s History Month {Resource} Guest Post

7 Women Artists Who Changed History by A Crafty Arab

I’m so honored to have been asked to write 7 Women Artists Who Changed History for Multicultural Kids Blog.

Please visit my post to find out about some of my favorite creatives from around the world.

Be sure to follow along and come back here on March 21st for my next article in the series.

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