Freezer Paper Camel {Tutorial}

ACraftyArab Freezer Paper CamelWe love using freezer paper in the studio and have made tshirts in the past. Today we made a book bag.

 

We decided to use a camel stencil but you can use your favorite animal or a school mascot instead.

Supplies

Cotton bag
Fabric markers
Camel stencil (found online)
Cutting mat
Xacto
Double sided tape
Freezer paper
ACraftyArab Freezer Paper Camel

 

Start by adding a little double sided tape to the corners of your freezer paper. You’ll want to make sure you place this on the dull side. You only need a small amount as you’ll be taking it off in a bit.

ACraftyArab Freezer Paper Camel

Add your stencil and start cutting out the inside shape. You might want to consider cutting out smaller lines thicker, like we did here for the tail.

ACraftyArab Freezer Paper Camel

Take the stencil paper off the freezer paper and take off any extra double sided tape on the corners. Place your freezer paper shiny side down on your bag and iron it down.

ACraftyArab Freezer Paper Camel

Start to fill in the inside of the cut out stencil with random fabric pen markings.

ACraftyArab Freezer Paper Camel

Use other colors or just leave your camel solid, it’s your choice!

ACraftyArab Freezer Paper Camel

Once you feel you are done with the design, remove the freezer paper.

ACraftyArab Freezer Paper Camel

Now your bag is ready to use for Arabic Sunday school, where ours is headed, or to gift to a friend!

ACraftyArab Freezer Paper Camel

To see other tutorials that use freezer paper, visit

Tunisian Flag Bleach Tshirt Tutorial

Palestine is in my Heart T-shirt Tutorial

To see other camel tutorials, please visit

Camel Coffee Cozy Tutorial

Eid Camel Gift Bag Tutorial

Camel Fold-in Tutorial

Camel Glass Mosaic Bibelot Tutorial

Or check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterst for more fun DIYs.

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2017 Multicultural Children Book Day {Resource} Save The Date

A Crafty Arab Multicultural Children Book Day 2017I was recently asked to be a Co-Host for the Multicultural Children Book Day (MCCBD), to be held January 27, 2017. In a nutshell, a MCCBD Co-Host is like an ambassador for the event and the non-profit work that they do.

 

The mission of MCCBD is to not only bring raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these of books into classrooms and libraries.

 

I am so honored to have been asked, since last year I found out about it too late to participate. I can’t wait to see the list of books/authors/publishers that will be offered this year.  More information will be coming up, so be sure to sign up for the newsletter to keep updated here.

 

Check out the hashtage #ReadYourWorld on Instagram and Twitter to read some fantastic past reviews of diverse children’s books.

 

To see out some of our past book activities here on A Crafty Arab, please visit

99 Arab Children Books

5 Books with Strong Arab Protagonist

Mosque Pillow Tutorial

7 Stories of Arab Friendship

6 Arabic Dictionaries for Children

Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more of our favorite books.

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Khatam Yarn Banner {Tutorial}

ACraftyArab Khatam Yarn Art TutorialWe have an upcoming school celebration and needed an easy banner to place over a door.  I looked around the house to find something the girls can make with things we already had at home. We hit the yarn bin to find this fun pin glittery stuff left over from a failed knitting experiment.

 

A few years ago, we made a moon and star yarn window art and use the same technique to make this khatam, the Arabic word for 8 point star, yarn banner.  We hope you can follow along and make your own once you see how easy it is.

Supplies

Yarn
Wax paper
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup water
Wide rim plastic tub
Scissors
Khatam template – downloaded
Pot and Stove (for heating cornstarch and water)

ACraftyArab Khatam Yarn Art Tutorial

Start by mixing the water and cornstarch over medium heat to make it thick and translucent.  Let it cool and place it into a tub with a wide rim. Cut yarn into smaller pieces and soak them fully into the mixture.

ACraftyArab Khatam Yarn Art Tutorial

Lay a piece of wax over your khatam template and outline the design with the wet yarn.

ACraftyArab Khatam Yarn Art Tutorial

Continue to add more and more yarn, filling in as much of the negative space inside the design.

ACraftyArab Khatam Yarn Art Tutorial

Once you finish one star, move your wax paper over and create more.

ACraftyArab Khatam Yarn Art Tutorial

Let your stars dry over night and tie left over dry yarn between them.  Tie two extra pieces on the ends.

ACraftyArab Khatam Yarn Art Tutorial

Your banner is ready to hang.  If you have any extra cornstarch lumps, they should just pop right off, but we keep ours to give it that handmade look.

ACraftyArab Khatam Yarn Art Tutorial

 

Enjoy more khatam star crafts we’ve made before here on A Crafty Arab :

Khatam Gift Tag Tutorial

Kirigami Khatam Tutorial

Origami Khatam Tutorial

Or check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterst.

 

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