We wrapped a gift in paper with the words Happy Eid cut out to give it a 3D look for a special someone who recently performed hajj (Arabic: حَجّ or pilgrimage) to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Hajj a mandatory religious duty for Muslims that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence.
We wanted to give them a book and personalizing the outside paper gave it an extra fun touch.
The rites of Hajj are performed by Muslims over five or six days, from the 8th to 12th (or in some cases 13th) of Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar. Then Muslims celebrate the three-day global festival of Eid al-Adha. Eid Al Adha will be on September 12th, 2016.
- Plain white wrapping paper
Clear cellophane or tissue paper
Happy Eid template, flipped backwards
Double sided tape
Xacto / Cutting mat
We started by measuring our gift box and cutting out a piece of our star green cellophane in the same size as the top. You’ll just need a piece under your cut out letters. Lay your box on your white wrapping paper and cut out a piece that will fit.
When you print your letters, flip them so they are backwards. Double tape the letters to the white paper. You’ll need to do a practice wrap of the white paper to figure out where to tape your letters so they will fit on the front of your box. Use your xacto to cut out the letters in the halfway point. Use our photo below as a guide on how to cut each one.
Use the back of your xacto to make the crease in the half way point of each letter.
For the H I and D, you’ll cut horizontially, for the A and Y, you’ll cut vertically. The P will only fold at the round portion, so you’ll need to cut out the vertical line and for the E, you’ll just cut out all three horizontal lines.
Take your template off and push all the paper back through the cut outs. Add more double sided tape and secure the cellophane to the back of the letters. Wrap your gift.
Give your gift to a friend or family member who is celebrating Eid!
To use a pencil and paint to personalize a gift, be sure to check out Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper Tutorial.
For more Eid crafts, be sure to visit 99 Creative Eid Projects