Khatam Painted Cube {Tutorial}

Khatam is the Arabic word for eight point star. The shape is seen a lot in Arab and Islamic architecture and design.

 

I love using the khatam to teach children about Arab art because it’s such an easy shape to make. It is basically two square that are offset from each other, making the eight points of the star.

 

Other designs can be made inside the star, once lines are drawn in. My daughter and I decided to use one we found online to make a candle holder out of CD cases.

The Gallery Glass paint we used was sent to me as a Plaid Ambassador. I recieve products to try in my tutorials.  This allows me the ability to share tips like: don’t shake the glass paint/lead bottles as this will cause bubbles.   Try to keep the flow of paint at a steady stream. However, if you do end up with bubbles, don’t panic, just keep a sewing pin close by, to burst them.

 

Even though we applied electrical tape to our cube and have an electric candle, please be careful with this decor and provide adult supervision around children.

 

Supplies

Gallery Glass Liquid Leading
Electric tape
Scissors
Gallery Glass paint in green, blue, red plus clear
Vellum
Khatam design from the internet
4 empty CD cases

We started by making sure our papers fit into the clear slots of the CD cases, first cutting down the Khatam design.

Then we cut down the vellum to fit into the other three clear CD cases.

Once we all the sizes done, we set the paper aside and took apart all 4 CD cases, breaking off the black tabs from only one. This will become the bottom of our cube.

Next we used the electrical tape to attached three of the clear CD cases to each other.

We attached the three clear sides to the black bottom to create our cube. Finally we added our vellum paper into the open slots.

Before we attached our final side, we laid it flat with the khatam paper design inside.  We used the liquid lead paint to outlined our black lines.

It was easier to do the lines with the CD cover separate from the cube to be able to turn it around constantly. Take your time making the lines, practicing on a paper towel first.Once we were done with the outline, we let the case sit for 24 hours for the liquid lead paint to harden.  The next day we attached our final side to our cube with electrical tape.

Next we laid the cube with the khatam up and started to fill in the design. It’s okay if the paint goes over the lines, you can wipe off any excess with a paper towel.

After we had colored the inside, we filled the entire outside with the clear glass paint.

Before we put away the bottle, we used the tip to add lines to create texture in the design.

Once our cube had dried for 24 hours, we added an electric candle.

We think the clear came out so fantastic, looking like real stained glass!

If you enjoyed making this khatam craft, stop by these other easy DIY tutorials

Origami Khatam {Tutorial}

Khatam Gift Wrap {Tutorial}

Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to learn more about the Arab world.

Repurposed Moon and Star Salsa Tray {Tutorial}

Hispanic and Latino American Muslims have one of the highest conversion rates into Islam right now.

 

Hispanic and Latino Americans are an ethno-linguistic group of citizens of the United States with origins in the countries of Latin America or the Iberian peninsula.

 

Today I talked to my daughters about the similarities between Islam and Latino culture while we made salsa. When we were done, we were getting ready to put it into our very used and loved salsa tray when I realized that the tray looked like a crescent moon.

 

So off we went, to the studio, to repurpose our salsa tray from drap to fab.  If you do plan on putting food in yours, like we do ours, please use plastic wrap between the paint and your food.

 

We used the brushed metal paint I  had received as a Plaid Ambassador, giving the moon and star that extra shiny look.

 

Supplies

Salsa tray
Paint- black, silver, gold
Paintbrushes
Paper
Pen
Scissors

First we placed the paper over the salsa opening and drew out it’s size. We then drew in a star to cover the entire circle.

Next we cut out the star.

Make sure your tray is very clean, and dry, before you start to paint.

We then placed our star into the circle and very carefully painted around the outline. We also used the curve of the bowl to outline a moon shape in the main opening. Once we finished the outlines, we also painted the outer rim in black.

We painted the star in gold and the moon in silver.

Let everything dry for 24 hours. This one was hard since our salsa was still in the kitchen!

 

Just a reminder the paint is not food safe, so please put some kind of napkin or plastic wrap between your chips and the tray. Please do not expose your salsa to the painted star and use a smaller, clear bowl or plastic wrap.

Stop by other kitchen items we have repurposed

Morocco Flag Candy Dish {Tutorial}

My First Ramadan Plate {Tutorial}

Or visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for other tutorials that teach about the Arab and Muslim world

Saudi Arabia Creamy Tomato and Chickpea Soup {Recipe}

I was sent the cookbook The Arabian Nights Cookbook: From Lamb Kebabs to Baba Ghanouj, Delicious Homestyle Middle Eastern Cooking by Habeeb Salloum from Tuttle Publishing.

 

It focuses primary on recipes in the Arab Gulf region and has to be one of the most beautiful cookbooks I’ve seen in a long time.

 

I was pressed for time this week to look for dinner options for our Mawlid al Nabi celebration tonight and took the cookbook with me on the bus to work. {Mawlid al Nabi commemorates the birthplace of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh), in Saudi Arabia. This annual Islamic holiday is celebrated by many Muslims around the world.}

 

On the bus, I caught my seat mate leaning in, reading over my shoulder and by the time we reached our destination, she had already asked where she can buy it.   The photos were so eye catching that she couldn’t resist.

 

The book is broken up into the traditional chapters (salad, soup, chicken, seafood, drinks, desserts, etc) and includes an opening chapter on popular condiments and pickles.  The intro is a well written explanation of the diversity of modern Arab Gulf cooking, followed up with useful tools and essential ingredients. Reading the chapter on the spices, nuts and vegetables unique to the region made me long for the smells I experienced in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

The recipes include tips and notes on everything from how to stuff a lamb to which meals are best served family style. The stunning chapter introductions explain the dishes and their influences from surrounding regions. Finally, the resource guide includes Arab stores country wide where tools and ingredients can be found.

 

I’d like to share the recipe for the Creamy Tomato and Chickpea Soup. But you don’t have to wait for the annual Mawlid al Nabi to enjoy this yummy delicious meal, you can make this anytime.

 

(Readers of the blog will note the similarities of this dish to the Egyptian Tomato and Chickpea Soup we made a few years ago.  This version includes a few differences, most notably, the addition of fresh cilantro, an herb introduced historically by Western Asia to the area.)

 

Ingredients

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 minced onions
4 cloves garlic, crushed to paste
2 cups cooked chickpeas, drained
6 cups water
2 cups stewed tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
Pinch of ground red pepper

Pour the oil into a large saucepan with a lid and place over medium heat. Add the coriander leaves and onion and saute for 10 minutes, uncovered.

Add the remaining ingredients, stir and bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 25 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool, slightly.

Purée, then return to the saucepan, adding more water if desired. Reheat and serve.

We served our soup with a side of naan bread.

To enjoy more Arab food we have tried, please check out

Egyptian Ful Medames {Recipe}

Hot Algerian Lasagna {Recipe}

Lebanese Lentil Soup {Recipe}

Or stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see out more recipes from the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region.

Be sure to check out the book The Arabian Nights Cookbook: From Lamb Kebabs to Baba Ghanouj, Delicious Homestyle Middle Eastern Cooking by Habeeb Salloum from Tuttle Publishing or ask for it a your local bookstore, library or Amazon.