We created this Grape Leaf Yarn Suncatcher decor for our kitchen as part of our Ramadan craft series. It was inspired by one of my followers on Twitter who posted that she woke up to snow.
When I told my daughter about the snow, she wanted to read a recent picture book, Ten Ways to Hear Snow by Cathy Camper and Kenard Pak, that was sent to use by Kokila Penguin House Publishers.
We loved this beautiful tale about a little girl who goes to visit her Sitti (grandmother in Arabic) at the nursing home. On the way there, she counts all the ways she can hear the snow. While there, they make grape leaves together. I find it to be a beautiful book because it’s the first time I’ve ever seen an Arab cultural food that is not the main focus of the story. Making the grape leaves is only one part of the plot, and it was nice that it was just part of a main stream story.
- Multicolored yarn
- Watercolor paper
- Grape leaf template
- Pencil & ruler (not in photo)
Start by cutting the yarn into the three colors.
Lay a piece of contact paper, sticky side up, on top of the grape leaf template. Cut the yellow yarn to fit into the veins of the grape leaf and push it into the contact paper.
Once the yellow is finished, add the green yarn, going in the same direction as the veins.
To avoid the green yarn being too bulky, cut off any extra overlap.
Once the green has been filled in, add the blue yarn.
After the contact paper has been covered with yarn, measure out a square in the watercolor paper that is slightly smaller than the grape leaf art and cut it out with the xacto.
Place the grape leaf art over the opening and cut off any extra yarn hanging off the sides.
Lay the watercolor paper, wrong side down, then place the grape leaf art over it, contact paper side down. Lay the second piece of contact paper, slightly larger than the first, over the yarn art to cover it completely.
Now turn your art work over and your grape leaf will be showing through the cut window. Look how fantastic it looks next to how to roll a grape leaf (an excerpt from the book).
We placed it our kitchen window.
I added a little bottle that I picked up in Egypt a few years ago to compliment the art. How fun does it look that the grape leaf is “growing” from the bottle?
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