Arabic Happy New Year {2017}

Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair

 

That’s how to say May You Welcome Every Year with Good Health in Arabic. You can say this saying on new year’s eve or for a birthday.

 

We are welcoming in a new year here in the US, and also a new directory over at Muslimah Blogger.  To celebrate, we have a downloaded that you can get for free once you subscribe to the A Crafty Arab newsletter.

 

Be sure to check out A Crafty Arab Printables on Pinterst to see more free downloads.

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Khatam Bead Coin Dish DIY Tutorial

We love using Perler beads because you don’t need a canvas to make art.  Simply place them together on mini boards, some even come in letters, and iron them together. Yalla, your creative work is ready to give out as a gift or keep in your home.

 

Khatam is the Arabic word for 8 point star and is used a lot in Islamic architectural design. At the bottom of this post are other khatam diy tutorials we’ve made.

 

Today’s craft will stay in our front hall table, ready to catch the change that usually falls on my wood surface. I love that the plastic of the beads will not only save my furniture, but also announce to those entering our house that art lives here!

 

Supplies

Perler beads
Metal bowl
Olive oil

 

Place a layer of olive oil in the metal bowl. This is to ensure the beads will be easy to take off once out of the oven.  Lay a square down of one solid color, seven across. Add one more bead in the middle to help count the triangle in the next color.

To make one triangle, place one bead over the central extra bead and then count out beads towards the outer later: 3, 4, 5. Mirror this triangle seven more times around the first color.

Add a third color. To be honest, we didn’t do so good counting this layer and just started placing because the bowl surface and olive oil made them hard to stay put. Our white triangles keep shifting and little hands were getting too frustrated, so we just decided to stop counting and just and our third layer until it looked good.

Finally, added a forth color as a rim.   Place in a 350 oven for 7 to 10 minutes. Let it cool in the bowl completely before taking it out. Wash it gently and it’s ready to go.

To learn more about the khatam, visit

Kirigami Khatam Tutorial

Hanging {Paper Bag} Khatam

To see our other dish projects, visit

Morocco Flag Candy Dish Tutorial

Or check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to learn more about the Arab world.

Arabic Christmas Ornament {Tutorial}

Eid Milad Majid 2016. That is how you say Merry Christmas in Arabic.

Arab Christians have been a part of American history for generations.  The first Arabs to arrive as immigrants to the United States were Christian who came as early as the mid-18th century.

 

Christian families in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) felt that integration into American culture and society may be easier because of their shared faith.

 

Today, according to the Arab American Institute, 63% of Arab Americans are Christians. They descended from ancient Arab Christian clans in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Yemen and Iraq. The first Arabic speaking church was built in New York in 1880, while the first Arabic speaking mosque was built in Michigan in 1919. Both use the word Allah, the Arabic word for God, as well as share a love for Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him).

 

If you would like to wish a friend a Merry Christmas in Arabic, you would say Eid Milad Majid.  Since we used Scrabble Tiles for this Simple Eid Table Frame Decor Tutorial, we thought we’d try using them again to make an ornament to give to a friend.

 

Supplies

Scrabble tile
Ivory card stock
Pencil
Red ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue

Lay the letters on the card stock and trace out with a pencil.

Cut out the traced shape, but try to cut on the inside of the lines, making the shape slightly smaller.

Add hot glue to the back of the letters and glue them on to the card stock.

Add your ribbon to the top with more hot glue.

Let the ornament sit for a few minutes for the glue to cool then it’s ready to hang or be placed in a gift box.

Be sure to check out how to say Merry Christmas in Arabic, Farsi and Urdu or visit a photo of a Christmas tree in front of a mosque on this post: Merry Christmas from A Crafty Arab.

 

To learn about other MENA holidays, visit

Nowruz Sib Tutorial (Happy Nowruz 2016)

Happy Yennayer 2966 (2016)

Celebrating Shamm el-Nessim in Egypt

Mawlid Celebrations Around the World

Or check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterst for other DIY tutorials from the Arab world.

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