Recycled Arabic Pen Holder {Tutorial}

My daughter made this pen holder out of a recycled Arabic magazine to help keep track of supplies while homeschooling during COVID19 quarantine.

Usually our family has one homework designated space in our home, but now that all three of my daughters are in school, in their bedrooms, we have had to transform them into classrooms.

We looked around the house for items we could make and found an old can and magazine that will work just great to hold pens on top of the desk for easy access..


  • Recycled magazine
  • Metal can
  • Scissors
  • Painters tape
  • Mod Podge
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Foam brush
  • Chopstick

My daughter started making the pen holder by carefully cutting out a single piece of paper out of the magazine, then cut it diagonally. She placed the chopsticks on one triangle and rolled the paper onto it.

Next, my daughter added a dab of glue to hold the rolled shape, took out the chopstick and cut one end.

Next she laid down a piece of blue tape and added the rolled up paper, one by one.

After she had enough to go around the can, she taped it all together and cut the top.

The final steps are to cover the whole thing with Mod Podge to hold it tight, then add a ribbon over the blue tape.

Instead of just leaving the ribbon plain, I helped my daughter fold over an extra piece of ribbon & added a middle to make a bow. She used a dab of glue to add it to the front.

Now our pen holder was done & ready to go on her desk to organized all her writing utensils.

Check out these other recycled craft tutorials we have made

Recycle Can Eid Lantern {Tutorial}

Egyptian Water Bottle {Tutorial}

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Diamond Wrap Mosque {Tutorial}

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Diamond wrap is a self adhesive craft material that adds a regal flair to special occasions, so seemed perfect to dress up a mosque for Ramadan.

It is easy to bend or trim, to add a touch of sparkle and dazzling diamond rhinestone to any project.

A mosque is a a Muslim place of worship. Usually during the holy month of Ramadan, it is a very busy location, with nightly prayers, community iftar (the breaking of the fast meal) gatherings and a place to drop off donated items for the less fortunate.

However, due to COVID19, we are having a quarantine Ramadan & unable to visit our local mosque. My daughter & I made this diamond wrap mosque to put on our mantle so that we can be reminded of one of our favorite places to be at this time.


  • Diamond wrapt in two contrast colors
  • Paintbrush
  • Black canvas
  • Paint
  • Painters tape
  • Scissors

My daughter started by drawing out a mosque design that was slightly smaller than her canvas. She cut out the mosque door and placed blue tape on protect that square of canvas. While she also placed a window in the minaret, she decided later not to cut it out of the diamond wrap.

Next we took the canvas outside, placed it on the ground, added a lot of paint to the tip of the paintbrush, and splatter painted the blue color.

While the paint was drying, my daughter cut out the mosque shapes out of the diamond wrap. She alternated the color on the minaret for variety.

Since the diamond wrap is self adhesive, it was very easy to attach the pieces to the black canvas.

The final step is to add a little bit of gold paint to the door, to make it a different color than the rest of the night sky.

Now our diamond wrap mosque is done and when we took it outside, the diamonds sparkled!

If you enjoyed seeing how we made this daimond wrap mosque artwork, stop by these other tutorials

Color Shift Glitterific Mosque Decor {Tutorial}

Traveling Mosque Crayon Holder {Tutorial}

99 Creative Mosque Projects {Resource}

Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see learn more about Ramadan.

Recycled Ramadan Handcut Banner {Tutorial}

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Now that we have our yarn wreath from yesterday, we needed a banner to make it ready for Ramadan with a hand cut banner greeting.

The phrase Ramadan Mubarak, (Arabic: رمضان مبارك) or Blessed Ramadan, is bestowed by Muslims to each other to wish each other a “Happy Ramadan” during their holy month of fasting.

I have seen these beautiful Ramadan Mubarak wood cut banners before and wanted to try my hand at making one. We had used a cereal box before to make an Arabic letter, so it seems perfect to try it once again.

My oldest teen worked on this project and I just helped with some of the tight corners. If you have a younger child, you might want to think about making the banner larger and giving them scissors instead of an Xacto.


  • Baker’s twine
  • Small hole punch
  • Mechanical pencil with no lead
  • Paintbrush
  • Cutting mat
  • Carbon paper
  • Ramadan Mubarak print out
  • Cereal box
  • Gold paint
  • Tape

To start, you will need to make sure all of your letters connect with whatever font you use to type out RAMADAN MUBARAK. Since our capital letters did not touch, my daughter cut them out and then attached them with tape.

Next, she used the tip of the mechanical pencil to trace out the letters on the cardboard, with a piece of carbon paper in between.

Once the two words were traced my daughter used the Xacto to cut them out.

To help stabilize the connection between the letters, we added a little tape.

Next, we painted the words with gold paint.

The final step is to place holes so that the baker’s twine could be added. Our hole punch was very tiny, so we used a toothpick to help push the twine through.

Our banner is done and ready to be tied across our wreath.

And unless someone was looking super close, I don’t think they would even know that it started it’s life as a cereal box.

If you enjoyed making this banner, please be sure to stop by these

Glitter Ramadan Banner {Tutorial}

Salt Dough Ramadan Banner {Tutorial}

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