We are so honored to host a guest post for our Ramadan crafts 30-day challenge from the Muslim crafting account UmmImanOrg
Sister Kendall is sharing how she crafted these easy Origami Moon and Star with her kids to learn about the Japanese art of folding paper.
Ramadan is such a special time of the year for our family and for Muslims across the globe. As a revert, it has been a learning experience for me, alongside my children, in making the home a festive space that promotes a love of our religion and an increased appetite for spirituality.
I find that for children of all ages, reading beautiful stories, making plans, singing nasheeds, and doing crafts together are exactly what the doctor called for!
In our craft, we chose to combine a few elements of different art techniques that we have been exploring.
We crafted a crescent moon and hanging star using the Japanese art of paper folding—Origami.
We then connected the two separate pieces using a thin needle and thread to create the feeling of suspension in mid-air. What is cool about this craft, is that it can be featured as table décor or a hanging art piece. Further, it can be scaled to be larger or smaller, depending on your taste, simply by changing the measurements of the paper.
Another unique feature of this particular craft is the multitude of textures present. The crescent was shaped out of traditional sized Origami paper that consists of a regular backing, but an aluminum foil front.
This gives it a “shimmering look” and makes it appear more realistic in the reflection of the moon. The star was made from white printer paper, providing a nice complement to the silver moon.
The threading was also white, to blend into the background and create the allusion of suspension.
This was an especially engaging craft for my children, because one of their current interests is the moon and its phases.
Knowing that the appearance of the crescent moon marks the beginning of this beautiful month of mercy, they were delighted to see the final product, as I hope your family is too, in sha Allah!