Arabic Letter Rose Door Decor {Tutorial}

Spring is in the air now that April is here.  Since it’s Arab American Heritage Month, my daughter and I decided to make a rose wreath for our front door celebrating the Arabic alphabet.

 

The Arabic word for rose is warda, وَرْد, which starts with the letter و.  We took that first letter and used a piece of chipboard, plus silk flowers, to make this simple door decor, in honor of our rose bushes that are started to wake up.

 

We hope you can see how easy it is to make and create your own.

 

Supplies

Chipboard or heavy cardboard
Hot glue
Scissors
Sharpie
Silk roses
Ribbon

 

I downloaded and printed out the letter و for my daughter and she cut it out of paper, flipped it backwards on the chipboard and traced it out with the Sharpie. The “flipping over backwards” will make sense in just a little bit.

She then cut out the letter from the cardboard.  The middle was a little hard for her and I ended up pulling out the Xacto, just FYI.

Here is her letter all cut up and flipped over the correct way.  The reason I had her trace the letter backwards is now the letter edges are clean and free of Sharpie markings.

It’s time to turn on the hot glue to place the silk roses. We laid out a few to see what our design would look like.

This part of the project was great for teamwork. I would glue the back of the roses and my daughter would decide where they went. We glued our three large roses first, then the medium sized roses.  This made tucking in the smaller flowers easier later.

When we were done, we had extra flowers left over. Now we have to think of another craft for them.

We waited a few minutes for the last few roses to dry, then flipped over the letter to add our ribbon.  We cut off a piece and used the hot glue to secure both ends.

We again waited a few minutes for the hot glue to set, then took our rose wreath to the front door for our neighbors to enjoy.

Please visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more fun ways to craft with the Arabic alphabet.

 

50 of the Best Arab T-Shirts for Your Family

What better way to celebrate April as Arab American Heritage Month then wearing a T-shirt that shows off your Arab pride and sense of humor?

 

We love to wear T-shirts in our family because we are very active and they are easy to clean. We use them to travel in, garden in, camp in, sleep in and go swimming in sometimes too! We also use them to craft with when we get a chance.

 

In honor of this month, I put togehter a list of Arab themed T-shirts to gift anyone in the family. To make them easy to find, I’ve put them in categories for babies, men and women. I also added T-shirts for those that love Arab food and their country, in all sizes and colors.

 

I hope you are able to find something to make you, and your loved one, smile in any of these 50 choices.

 

Neat Shirts for Arab Babies

Adorable Palestinian one piece, comes in other Arab nationalities, long or short sleeves

Arabic Embroidered Salam (Peace) to let the playgroup know you come in peace

Daft Bunk is for the rebel in all of us, especially ones that can’t say P

got tajine? but also accepting milk, applesauce, bananas and the cat’s tail

Hipster Panda with Keffiyeh, and glasses with no glass because he’s that cool

Keffiyeh Tiger jumpsuit because why should only pandas have the cool genes?

Camel Floral jumpsuit for the baby who can go the long distance

Samna And 3asal has to be the cutest thing on this plant, expect the baby wearing it

Supergirl is just a little reminder that the future is female

‘Yes, I’m bilingual I scream in two languages, maybe more’ T-shirt for colicky babies

 

T-Shirts for Arab Men To Up Their Game

Beats by Um Khathoum, from the original, true queen of beats

Dignity T-shirt written in beautiful Arabic calligraphy

Out of this world Fairuz T-shirt that will be the talk of the universe

‘I Love My Wife’ T-shirt written in Arabic and English, so back off ladies

Mustache T-shirt has it brilliantly written using the Arabic word for mustache

Refugees welcome T-shirt for anyone who would like to welcome them…to Canada

Sonic Youth vintage T-Shirt for the music lover in your family

I Feel Good T-Shirt plays on the pun of the Arabic word for elephant

‘What if the Mona Lisa had been from Oman?’ T-shirt asks the serious question

Woo-Hoo! Hump Day T-shirt that celebrates Wednesdays, all week long

Funky T-Shirts Perfect for Arab Women

Adele ‘Let it burn’ T-shirt for those that don’t like to follow rules

BFF T-shirt for you, your co-wife and your other co-wife

Bolt of Barack (Blessings) for those times you wish you can throw them at strangers

Cat T-shirt showcases how the beautiful Arabic word can be turned into a design

Crazy Camel Lady T-shirt features my ambition when I grow up

‘Feed Me Falafel and Tell Me I’m Pretty’ T-shirt but honestly just bring the falafel

I Speak Arabic T-Shirt highlights our gifts to mankind (algebra, coffee, etc)

‘I’ve got a little Arab in me’ T-shirt is perfect for announcing a mom to be

Mrs Habibi T-Shirt for a new bride (Note: If Arab, mandatory prequel to above T-shirt)

‘Talk to the Hamsa’ T-shirt when your bolts of barack are spent for the day

 

Arab Foodies T-shirts (+ Smokies / Drinkies):

Argileh Heart Beat to make sure you know the importance of Hookah/Shisha

Bebsi for the adult Arabs who still can’t pronounce the P

‘Couscous makes me happy, you not so much’ T-shirt for the anti-social in our life

Got Hummus? T-shirt that goes well on everything, anywhere, every time

Hookah Evolution ‘aka evolution as it should be’ T-shirt for the anti-Darwinian

‘Hummus is Yummus’ T-Shirt begging to be turned into the Arab national song

I’m No Quitter motivational T-shirt reminds everyone to #Resist

Keep Batee5 T-shirt is a reminder to keep this staple on hand for any crisis situation

Make Cous Cous T-shirt by equally/justly/fairly adding all sorts of yummy veggies

Real Men eat Tabbouleh T-shirt relays requests for breakfast, lunch and dinner

(Here are some recipes, since you now can’t stop thinking about hummus and tabbouleh. Couscous will coming soon, now that I can’t stop thinking about it too. If you’d like to recycle that Bebsi aluminum can, try making it into cookie cutters.)

T-Shirts for Arabs Proud of their Nation(s):

Arab in five colors, in case saying it once isn’t enough

Camel riders vintage photo T-shirt for the nostalgic living in all of us

Egypt Egypt Ra Ra is an old fashioned cheer with a pun on the name of Ra

Arab League flag map T-Shirt that showcases all 22 member countries

Go Algeria Foam Finger T-shirt for the little soccer fan in your life

I Love My Hot Yemeni Husband T-shirt to still make sure the ladies know he’s taken

I’m proud of My Roots showcases Lebanon T-shirt but other countries available

Morocco passport visa stamp T-shirt for the world traveler

Number 1 Jiddo to make all the other jiddos at the backgammon club jealous

‘You Had Me At Marhaba’ T-shirt for the guy with few words

 

I hope you were able to find some fun wear to share with the special people in your life. Click on 99 Arab children’s books to find other gifts to share about the Arab world.

 

If you were curious who are the countries that make up the Arab League, check out these DIY easy children’s tutorials.

 

If you’d like to make a hand made gift for a personal touch, stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.

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Camel Garden Stake {Tutorial}

Camels have had a long history in the United States.  I thought Arab American Heritage Month would be a great time to introduce that to my girls.

 

They first arrived on May 14, 1856 to Texas from the North African countries of Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia, along with other Mediterranean countries.  The Army needed to improve transportation in the southwestern US, which most observers thought was a great desert.

 

One of the most famous camel drivers, Hadji Ali, had a Syrian father and a Greek mother. He is one of the first known Arabs to help settle the American west.

 

Pulling out our favorite tool, a cookie cutter, we decided to make a camel garden stake to honor Hadji Ali and his camels this month.

 

I decided to use it for my sage plant outside since it’s the most pudgent and people ask when they walk by “what is that smell?”  I thought it might be nice to let the people know that are also curious, when I’m not outside to answer.

 

Supplies

Sculpey clay
Roller
Brown Sharpie
Cutting mat
Camel cookie cutter
Metal kebab skewers
To cook: cooking pan, foil and oven

We started by conditioning our clay, per manufactures instructions and rolled it out thinly on the cutting mat.  (You can also cheat a little and use a roller machine, which we did.)

Use our cookie cutter, we pressed it in the middle of the clay.

We carefully took off the excess clay and laid out the kebab skewer on the cut out camel shape.

We flattened some out some extra clay in our hand and laid it on top of the metal, making sure to seal it down well. We carefully picked it up and placed it on the foil covered cookie sheet. We cooked it in our oven per manufactures instructions. We also made sure to have all our windows open, just in case, for ventilation.

We let our stake cool for a few hours and then used the Sharpie to write out our herb.

Now our camel garden stake was ready to go outside.

If you enjoyed this camel craft, try making these

Freezer Paper Camel {Tutorial}

Eid Camel Gift Bag {Tutorial}

 

If you enjoyed working with a cookie cutter, try using one in these mediums

Moon & Star Cookie Cutter Canvas Art {Tutorial}

Palm Tree Cookie Cutter Candle {Tutorial}

 

If you enjoyed working with clay, stop by this DIY craft tutorials

Mosque Polymer Clay Cake {Tutorial}

Polymer Clay Moon & Star {Tutorial}

 

To learn more Arab history, check out

99 Arab American Women {Resource}

14 Books to Introduce Teens to the Arab World {Resource}

 
Or stop  by A Crafty Arab on Pinterst for other fun ways to learn about the Arab world.