Arabic Stamped Thank You Card {Tutorial}

My daughter needed some thank you cards for her teachers recently and we looked around the house for supplies on hand.


She found some foam squares in her shape bin and I asked if we can cut them up for stamps.  We had used foam before to make Ramadan decor and sun printed numbers but she was curious to see how we can make a stamp from it.


We gathered a few other things and go to work making some shukran cards. Shukran is the Arabic word for thank you. The words should be across as one, but the letters we made were too big, so we put four letters on one line and three under with a washi tape accent.




Foam squares
Card and envelope
Popsicle sticks (2)
Washi tape

I wrote out the letters for SHUKRAN on each piece of foam for my daughter in the Sharpie. She used the scissors and xacto to cut them out. I made them larger so it was easy for her to cut, but this did not allow the word to go together on one line. Keep this in mind if you use another word. Or you can also buy foam letters precut!

Once the letters were finished, she lined them up and added the glue and stick.

She cut off a piece of washi tape and centered it at the bottom of the card.

She inked up the letters, making sure to press the corners of the letters in the ink.

She placed the upper letters on the card to help with centering the lower letters.

She did the word in one color, but she was also thinking of making each letter a different color with some stripped ink we have.

Now we just need to make a dozen more (we also like to thank our school support staff: custodians, teacher assistants, playground monitors, librarian, office managers, cafeteria cooks and our first kindergarten teacher who started our love of learning).

To see more cards we’ve made, please visit these tutorials

Baba Accordion Card {Tutorial}

Emirates Button Card {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more crafts that teach about the Arab world.



Stamped Mosaic Shoes {Tutorial}

My daughter was so excited to receive a new pair of shoes recently.  She had been pining for these purple Converse shoes for some time and once she got them, she wanted to personalize them right away.


As a Plaid Ambassador, I am able to try new products from Plaid.  They came out with a line of fabric stamps that bring to mind the old hand carved wood block stamps from India. I received this Baroque stamp with eight points on it. In Arabic an eight point star is called a khatam, and this khatam was quite beautiful with floral designs intertwined inside.


My daughter decided to use it as a mosaic tile pattern on her new shoes.  Check out how she did it.



Canvas shoes
Wood block stamp
Fabric paint
Blue tape

To get her shoes ready to stamp, my daughter first took off the laces and placed tape around the white areas.

Starting with the lighter color, she stamped the shoe, measuring a space between for the next color.

Once the green was done, the stamp was very easy to clean. We let it dry for a few hours. Then my daughter used the purple paint.


My daughter was able to wipe off the fabric paint on the metal grommets with a wet paper towel. She then set the shoes aside to fully dry overnight.

Here they are, dry and ready to show off at school.

She is in love with them and already talking about doing the same design on her jacket to match.

To have more fun decorating your clothes and making them personalized, please visit these tutorials

Arabesque Sandpaper Shirt {Tutorial}

Ramadan Designer Shirts {Tutorial} – Guest Post

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see other DIY crafts to make.


Ikea Frame Makeover {Tutorial}

We love using the red Ikea frames but wanted to dress them up a little.


Imagine how excited we were to get samples of the new Plaid Mod Melts. Here was the perfect to solution to upscale our frames, with very little money and endless possibilities.


I received the kit as my role as a Plaid Ambassador, which included the new high intensity glue gun. I would recommend you really watch this gun around small children. It gets hot very fast, much hotter then a normal glue gun. The new wider safety grips are excellent for little hands but turn off the gun every once in awhile to cool it down.


We used the mod melts that came work with the gun. There are a variety of colors to pick from, including glitter. We can’t wait to use that on a future project. Maybe even another frame, without the paint!


Ikea frame
Glue gun
Melt molds- gems and flowers
Gold paint
Mod melts

We were sent different molds to try and my daughter picked out two that she felt were best, the pearl ribbon and the rose with leaves. She picked the red mod melt to match the frame.

The great things about the molds is that they took a very short time to set, about 10 minutes. So while the pearls were getting harder, she worked on the roses and leaves.

Measure and play around with placement before making everything permanent. Once my daughter had everything on, she did have to make a few more single pearls for the corners.

When she had enough pearls to go around the inside of the frame, plus roses for each corner, she placed a little mod melt on the frame to hold them in place.

She let the frame set for a few hours and then painted it gold.

She added another coat once that one had dried. Here is the final product.

If you are picky, you can go in and add more gold to the spots of red, but I told my daughter I liked hers like that, it still hinted at it’s original color and gives it an antiqued look.


To check out other frames we have made, visit

DIY Table Frame Eid Decor {Tutorial}

Eid Craft Stick Frame {Tutorial}

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more DIY craft tutorials.