Ramadan Chalkboard String Art {Tutorial}

One of the ways to let children know that Ramadan is not like any other month in the Islamic calendar is to decorate.  For our Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge today, we did just that with a chalkboard sign that includes sting art of the moon, in a few of it’s lunar phases.

 

When I was coming up with the idea for the chalkboard sign, I used the inspiration of the Arabic String Wedding Decor for my brother last year to create the moon artwork below.

 

I have to admit I was nervous about having to write out the word Ramadan, so you can imagine my excitement when I got this Lily & Val stencils from Plaid Online as my role as Plaid Ambassador. The letters are bold, easy to read and fit very well in the banner design.  These are the other supplies you’ll need to make your own sign.

 

Supplies

Wood
Nails
Hammer
Chalk
String
Foam brush
Chalkboard paint
Liquid chalk
Stencil

Start by painting the wood with two coats of the chalkboard paint.

Before the chalkboard can be used, it needs to be conditioned. To do this, take a piece of chalk and rub it over the entire area.

Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe it all off with a wet paper towel.

Next, lay out the stencils and use the liquid chalk to apply the desired design.

Once the banner stencil is done, use a circle template and chalk to trace out the shape in the middle, balanced under the banner. Fold the paper over in half for the moons on either side and only do the outer edge for the moons on the end.

Tip: Use the pliers to hold the nails in place as they are hammered in.

Once all the nails are done, wipe off the chalk templates.

Tie the sting on one of the nails and outline the moon before filling it in.

Finish each moon, tie off  the sting and go on to the next.

Add more stencils if you want.

I had originally thought to use this board for suhoor and iftar time listings each day, but didn’t like how that turned out, so added the flowers. The wonderful feature of the liquid chalk is that it is removable with a wet cloth but will not wipe off from fingers (unlike the chalk).  If I do decided to give it a go again later, the flowers are easy to remove.

 

To see other Ramadan decorations we have made, be sure to visit

Accordion Ramadan Decor {Tutorial}

Ramadan Moon & Star Paper Plate Decor {Tutorial}

 

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more DIY crafty ideas

Alhamdulillah Zakat Basket {Tutorial}

My daughters and I enjoy making a different zakat (‘alms-giving’ in Arabic) box, as part of our 30 day Ramadan crafts challenge, to collect money. We have made them out of wood, glass, picture frames, and even recycled materials.

 

Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam and an obligatory form of charitable giving for all Muslims that have the ability to do so.

 

We wanted to try something different this year and collect money, plus perishable food, daily. We painted a basket with Alhamdulillah (Arabic for “”thank Lord!”). According to Wikipedia: So frequently do Muslims and Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians invoke Alhamdulillah that the quadriliteral verb hamdala (حمدل), “to say al-ḥamdu li-llāh” was coined, and the derived noun ḥamdala (حمدلة) is used as a name for this phrase.

 

At the end of the month, we will donate everything inside the basket to a local food bank.

 

The project was inspired by the Bismillah Painted Tray {Tutorial} and uses the same banner letters. I received the paints as my role as Plaid Ambassador.

 

Supplies

Sharpie
Paintbrush
Glitter paint
Coastal paint
Banner letters

We took our letters to the local craft store to find a basket big enough for food inside and the letters outside.  Once we brought it home, we lined up the letters to spell out Alhamdulillah.

We used the Sharpie to outline the letters.

Next we painted the inside of the letters with the coastal paint. Once the first layer dried, we went over it again.

We waited a few hours for the paint to dry and went over it with glitter paint, just to add a little bit of sparkle.

Now our basket was done.

We placed it on the kitchen counter and have already added a few cans inside. we hope to take a photo of our complete basket on Facebook, so please stop by for an update.

If you enjoy crafts that show gratitude, please stop by these other activities

Alhamdulillah Rocks {Tutorial}

End Everything with Alhamdulillah {Printable}

 

Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see more DIY activities

Ramadan Flip Card Calendar {Tutorial}

Day two of our 8th annual Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge has us making a countdown calendar to keep track of the days. I have been trying to incorporate even more Arabic numbers into our daily lives and this easy Ikea Tolsby frame project is the perfect solution.

 

Our Ramadan calendars in the past have been rather large, made of fence material, or spice holders, so this smaller version is also ideal for people with littler space.

 

We left a lot of room on the date sheets so that we can write on them. We hope to include what we had for dinner, what chapter (called a surah in Arabic) we studied in the Quran, the holy book, good deeds, or any other information we wanted to save about our day. I gave my daughters different color pens and told them to write on the front. Once the pages are done, I’ll put them in a mini album to save so that I look back on 2018 (1439 in the Islamic calendar).

 

Supplies

Cardstock pad
Tolsby Frame
Hole punch
Book Rings
Double sided tape
30 number print out

First my daughter cut out the 30 Arabic numbers into small squares.  You can make yours as large as you’d like on Word, but we made ours to fit small into the corner.

Next we measured the inside of our Ikea frame and cut 30 sheets of color paper to fit.  We hole punched two holes on one end of each sheet.

We used double sided tape to the back of the numbers and added them to the bottom corner of each sheet.

The last step is to put the frame together. Screw on the base to the top and remove the plastic insert. Add the flip cards to the frame with the book rings.

The calendar is now ready to go.  Before you flip over the next card, you could easily remove that date to write a memory on it, add stickers or decorate it any way you’d like.

If you enjoyed making this Arabic calendar, stop by these other tutorials

Repurposed Arabic Perpetual Calendar {Tutorial}

Arabic Numbers Toss {Tutorial}

 

Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more of our Ramadan DIY crafts