One of the ways to let children know that Ramadan is not like any other month in the Islamic calendar is to decorate. For our Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge today, we did just that with a chalkboard sign that includes sting art of the moon, in a few of it’s lunar phases.
When I was coming up with the idea for the chalkboard sign, I used the inspiration of the Arabic String Wedding Decor for my brother last year to create the moon artwork below.
I have to admit I was nervous about having to write out the word Ramadan, so you can imagine my excitement when I got this Lily & Val stencils from Plaid Online as my role as Plaid Ambassador. The letters are bold, easy to read and fit very well in the banner design. These are the other supplies you’ll need to make your own sign.
Start by painting the wood with two coats of the chalkboard paint.
Before the chalkboard can be used, it needs to be conditioned. To do this, take a piece of chalk and rub it over the entire area.
Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe it all off with a wet paper towel.
Next, lay out the stencils and use the liquid chalk to apply the desired design.
Once the banner stencil is done, use a circle template and chalk to trace out the shape in the middle, balanced under the banner. Fold the paper over in half for the moons on either side and only do the outer edge for the moons on the end.
Tip: Use the pliers to hold the nails in place as they are hammered in.
Once all the nails are done, wipe off the chalk templates.
Tie the sting on one of the nails and outline the moon before filling it in.
Finish each moon, tie off the sting and go on to the next.
Add more stencils if you want.
I had originally thought to use this board for suhoor and iftar time listings each day, but didn’t like how that turned out, so added the flowers. The wonderful feature of the liquid chalk is that it is removable with a wet cloth but will not wipe off from fingers (unlike the chalk). If I do decided to give it a go again later, the flowers are easy to remove.
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