Libya has been on our minds a lot lately due to the recent turmoil. My daughter made this Ramadan craft as a pin so she could wear it to school.
While she was making it, we talked about the Libyan flag and what the colors stood for. It consists of a white star and crescent on a tri-band red-black-green design, with the central black band being twice the width of the outer bands. The flag fell out of use in 1969, but was effectively reinstated as the country’s national flag on 3 August 2011.
The crescent is symbolic of the beginning of the lunar month according to the Muslim calendar and the star represents our smiling hope. The red was selected for the blood sacrificed for the freedom of Libya, black to remember the dark days that Libyans lived under the occupation of the Italians and green to represent its primary wealth, agriculture.
We found a stamp of the Libyan flag and used it as part of a collage to make the pin, adding green and yellow arabesque patterned paper, plus dimensional glittered Mod Podge for a little sparkle.
- Paintbrush (2)
- Mod Podge
- Pin backing
- Foam core
- Stamp image
- Patterned card stock
- Glittered Mod Podge
My daughter started her craft by using the Mod Podge to attach the stamp to the pattered paper.
She let the paper dry before flipping it over to figure out where the foam core is placed. She cut the corners at an angle before attaching the paper to the foam with Mod Podge.
My daughter added more Mod Podge to the edges of the paper and firmly folded it over so that it was snug.
To add a little bit of sparkle to the pin, my daughter added glittered Mod Podge around the outside frame of the stamp.
My daughter let everything dry for a few hours before adding the pin backing with glue.
Let the pin back set for a full 24 hours. If you would like to make another pin for your backpack, visit these other tutorials
Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see other activities that teach about Arab countries.