Saudi Arabia Cut Canvas Flag Tutorial

Saudi Arabia is located in the Arabian Pensiula and the second largest Arab country, after Algeria.  Riyadh is the country’s most populous city and its capital.

 

The green flag has been used by the government since March 15, 1973 and features the shahada and sword in white.

 

According to Wikipedia –

 The Arabic inscription on the flag, written in the calligraphic Thuluth script, is the shahada or Islamic declaration of faith:

لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ الله
lā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, muhammadun rasūlu-llāh
There is no god but God: Muhammad is the Messenger of God.”

The green of the flag represents Islam and the sword stands for the strictness in applying justice.

We decided to make a cut canvas, of the Saudi Arabia flag. When placed against a white wall, the cutout will show through and the shahada will come out white, just like in the original flag.

Supplies

Blank white canvas
 Shahada and sword printed on paper
Green paint
Paintbrush
Xacto knife
Tape

Start by painting your canvas green.

 

You can buy a new canvas, or find one used, like we did.  If you do recycle, please make sure to paint it white first with two coats.

You’ll need two coats of green to get the nice deep green of the flag.

Lay your canvas flat down and tape your wording. You will need to flip the wording backwards to cut with the xacto. This way the Arabic letters will come out correctly on the other side.  After we taped our shahada, we decided it was too small and printed out a larger version.

You are now ready to start cutting out inside the black lines.

When you are cutting out the sword design, make sure not to cut out the whole thing, but leave spaces uncut so your sword has a handle.

Do the same with the letters, don’t cut the whole word, leave spaces, especially where there is overlap, so the canvas is stronger. For example, you can see that the first word لَا is suppose to be connected. However, it would be impossible to keep the inside circle, so instead, just give the suggestions of the connections.

Go ahead and cut out all the words before you start on any of the diacritics, this will help you visualize spacing.

Once the diacritics are added, your flag is done and ready to hang on your wall.

To be honest, we have no white walls on our house. So we added a piece of paper behind the canvas so that you can get an idea of what it would look like against a white wall.

If you enjoyed this flag tutorial, please visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more.  Or check out a few of our past flags as we craft our way through the Arab world-

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Khamsa Centerpiece Tutorial

Today is Mawlid al-Nabi.  Growing up in Libya, this was a big national holiday celebrated by everyone to commemorate the birth date of the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon Him).

 

There was special food made in the morning called aseeda, then you put on your best clothes and visit family and friends.

 

While on the way, you’ll most likely come across roaming bands of musicians, singing praises about the Prophet (pbuh) and everyone would sing along, since we’d been practicing the songs for weeks at school.  We would have also spent days decorating the house with lights and new curtains, fresh pillows and a khamsa.

 

These khamsa were basically hands on top of tiered stands, covered in bright flowers. At the top of each finger were candles that were lit. As a child, I remember going to the souk and seeing these khamsas lined in the store fronts for weeks before the big day. As I got older, I took great pride in helping my mom pick out the prettiest and brightest to line our dining room table.

 

Since I’m so far away from family this year, I wanted to teach my daughter how to make a khamsa while I shared my childhood memories of family visits and cousin food contests.  We will light the khamsa tonight and say some extra prayers for our Prophet (pbuh).

 

Supplies

Styrofoam triangle
Tissue paper
Scissors
Wirecutters
Hot glue gun
Hand model display
Wire
Paint / paintbrush (not pictured)
Awl (not pictured)
Candles (not pictured)

We started by cutting the bottom off the hand display and attaching it with hot glue to the top of the Styrofoam.

Then we got started on making the flowers, using the same method we used for our Eid Puff Flowers Tutorial.  We needed a large pile of tissue paper cut into rectangle shapes.

Then we grabbed about six or so out of the pile and folded them into an accordion shape.  We used the wire cutters to cut pieces of wire that were about four inches long.

We wrapped the wire around the middle of the accordion fold, not cutting off the end and rounded out the edges of the paper.

To create the flower, we pulled the tissues toward the center of the wire, away from the part that sticks out.  Then we took stuck the made flower into the Styrofoam.

We made many of these flowers and covered the entire piece with them.

We also covered the back and sides since it was going to be placed in the middle of our table.

Sorry we forgot to place the next few tools in our supplies list, but after the piece was completed, we added green paint on the hand.

The final step is to puncture holes in the top of the fingers with the awl and add the candles.

Now our khamsa is done and ready to be enjoyed by our family tonight.

 

To learn how we will pray and celebrate this special night, check out last year’s post on Mawlid Celebrations Around the World. To create a centerpiece that is much smaller, check out the Mawlid Al Nabi Good Deeds Centerpiece we made for Multicultural Kids Blog.

If you want to celebrate with minimal decorations, feel free to print out our free Green Mawlid Decorations {Free Banner}.

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Sugar and Wax Resist Painting {Tutorial}

We need some cards to send to a few immediate family members for Mawlid al Nabi next week. We had tried watercolor wax resist before and decided to see what would happen if we substituted sugar and frosting for watercolor.

 

It was finger licking good!

 

Just kidding, I would not recommend eating these cards, however, if you were to accidentally get paint on your fingers, you can lick it off. Yum!

 

Supplies

Watercolor paper
Paintbrush
Sugar
Gel frosting
Crayons
Paint palette
Warm water

Draw out your design with crayons on the watercolor paper.  We wrote Salaam, the Arabic word for peace, in green crayons in the middle.

Place a small amount of sugar in a bowl and add a little gel frosting and warm water. The water needs to be warm enough to melt the sugar particles with the gel.

Paint over the wax writing. Anywhere there is not crayon, the water will stick to the paper.

To make a khatam, an Arabic word for eight point star, just tape two square pieces of paper over each other, offset.  We created a second card with outlined  khatams.

This time we tried blue gel sugar painting over the khatams.

You’ll need to let your cards dry for a few days.  They’ll still be a little sticky in 24 hours, so if you need these cards for an event, you’ll need to plan ahead.  Once they dry, they will leave a glossy finish over the paper, almost looking like it’s been laminated almost, but with paint!

And if you look close, you’ll see little grains of sugar in the card. So cool!

 

If you enjoyed this card tutorial, please visit these other cards we’ve made.

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Or stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see more of our fun diy projects.

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