Arabic Game Die {Tutorial}

We have game night in our home every Friday. However most of our games are in English and my daughters are trying to learn the Arabic.

 

We thought we would make an Arabic die to help us on game night practice our numbers. We used some left over cardboard we had, saving it from the landfill and recycling it into something useful.  An added bonus is that these dice are so easy to make that if something were to happen to it, we can quickly make another.

 

We decided to make it extra large so that it can be easily found. We used square pieces of cardboard that we cut into 5 inch squares.  You can adjust your die to any size by making your cardboard smaller or larger.

 

Supplies

Six pieces of square cardboard
Silver duct tape
Decorate tape
Glue
Scissors
Arabic number print outs

To make the die, the squares have to be placed out into a lower t shape,. Use athe silver duct tape used to attach them together.

Flip the t shape over and add silver duct tape to the three sides of the longer end piece.

Fold the cardboard t into a cube shape.

Add the decorative tape to the outside for extra sturdiness and to hide the silver tape.

Cut out the Arabic numbers.

 

Add glue to the back of the numbers and add them to the cube.


Wait a few hours for the tape and glue to set. After a few games, we also added a little bit of glue to the corners.  Throwing the die to the ground causes the decorative tape to come up.  But now with the glue, it’s ready for more games.

Check out our more games we have made like

Arabic Numbers Toss {Tutorial}

Khatam Matching Game {Tutorial}

Traveling Moon and Star Tic-Tac-Toe {Tutorial}

Please stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more Arabic DIY crafty tutorials

 

Moon and Star Gallery Glass {Tutorial}

We made this moon and star gallery glass window hanging and it looks exactly like stained glass to anyone walking by. Little do they know that it’s actually paint.

 

A few weeks ago, I received Gallery Glass paint as my Plaid Ambassador role. After using it on the Kahtam Painted Cube, I wanted to try it on another surface: our living room window.

 

I’ve always wanted to teach stained glass to children, but working with the lead has always made it a difficult task.

 

Since I have found Gallery Glass, it’s such a relief to be able to finally bring this fun medium to kids.  Getting them to practice with the bottle is also a great lesson in patience and control. I have to admit that my daughter made quite a few mock up on paper towels before she was finally confident enough to do the final product.

 

A second deterrent in working with stained glass and kids, is cost.  Buying the glass, especially the prettier pieces that have character, can be quite a lot on an artist budget. Once a piece is snapped, it can not be re done once the cut has been made, so mistakes are also costly.  But with the Gallery Glass, any mistake can be wiped up and it’s easy to started over.

Supplies

Gallery Glass leading blanks
Gallery Glass Paints
Gallery liquid leading
Moon and Star template

My daughter drew out a simple moon and star design and then placed it under the blank. As mentioned, she practiced how to get a nice even flow. She said the star was easier since the lines were a lot shorter.

When the outline of the moon was done, short random lines were added inside.

To give it a stained glass look, we added loops.  The Gallery Glass will stick to the window, but this adds a more realistic look to the moon and star.

We left it flat for 24 hours for the liquid lead to set.

The next day, my daughter added the color inside. If you want to spend a little time getting rid of the bubbles, you can use a toothpick. We left ours as is to add to the realistic look of glass. Allow your work to rest for another 24 hours.

After he Gallery Glass dries, we peeled the moon and star off the blank, added a little embroidery thread and stuck it on our window.

When we get tired of where it is, we can move it to a new window!

We can’t wait to use this fun product in other ways. Perhaps make Arabic personalized window displays for birthdays, Eids or other holidays!

If you enjoyed creating this moon craft, stop by these other DIY tutorials

Cookie Cutter Moon and Star Art {Tutorial}

RyaTie Moon Wall Hanging {Tutorial}

99 Creative Moon Projects {Resource}

Be sure to check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more.

A Crafty Arab at the Muslimah Bloggers Summit {Outing}

I am excited to be speaking at the first ever Muslimah Bloggers Summit, from January 8th-January 12th.

 

I will be talking about how I use Pinterest. It is my top social media platfrom that best reachs my audience to let them know about the DIY craft tutorials, free downloads and book activities to teach about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

 

Please register for free for the summit here.

 

According to the website, it will be full of useful information:

The first ever one of its kind summit for Muslimah Bloggers. With talks from bloggers from the Muslimah Bloggers Community sharing their tips and advice to you. So whether you are a new blogger, or even a more established blogger, you are sure to find the talks beneficial. You don’t want to miss this FREE summit, with topics from SEO to social media being covered! What are you waiting for? Hit the register button!

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to visit some of the other bloggers that will be presenting:

Aisha Idris
AYEINA
Between Sisters
Fatima Hachem
Iman Said
Janet Kozak
Jeddah Mom
Kind Parenting
Muslim Housewife
Naptime is Sacred
Our Muslim Homeschool
Step Inside My Handbag
The Imperfect Muslimah