Eid Beaded Safety Pin {Tutorial}

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Eid Milad Said Amreeka! (Happy Birthday America in Arabic). We are celebrating by creating an Eid* beaded safety pin brooch to wear to tonight’s fireworks show.


All three of my girls are in Girl Scouts and spent a lot of their time crafting SWAPs, “Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere.” These small treasured prizes are traded with other girls and are a great way to make friends.


One of the SWAPS they love making are beaded safety pin brooches. They only require two supplies and there are so many different patterns online. The variety of colors in beads in endless, so any image, as long as it can fit into a 9×11 rectangle, can be made.


My oldest teenager came up with this pattern for a brooch that has the word EID on it to celebrate 4th of July this year. She wanted to share it with other Girls Scouts, or any other kids, that wanted to make something unique for a special gift. She rated it as easy to make.


Eid* is the Arabic word for holiday or festive occasion. It can be used with Eid Al Fitr, which is the celebration that comes at the end of Ramadan, or it can be used in a birthday greeting, as in eid milad said, or happy birthday.



Seed beads in red, white and blue
11 medium safety pins
1 large safety pin with no coil
Piece of felt
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Whenever we work with beads, we always lay down a piece of felt to help keep them from not rolling. Pour some beads from each of the colors on the felt and start adding the beads in the pattern below.

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Follow this pattern for the letters E, I and D to be spelled out in white, surrounded by blue with a red and white underline.


Once all your beads have been added to the eleven safety pins, add them all to the master safety pin with no coil.

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Flip all the smaller safety pins to the other side so you can pin it on your outfit and go have a safe 4th.

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Arabic Colors Animal Poster is here!

Five years ago, I released a dream into the world that had taken 10 years to realize.

I created an Arabic Alphabet Animal Poster that was bright, fun, cheerful and happy for children to learn the Arabic language. From there, I went on to produce magnets and create a successful Kickstarter campaign for game cards.

The Arabic alphabet poster can now be found online, at locations around Seattle, Washington, the Arab American Museum in Dearborn, Michigan and the African Museum at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.

Today I’m excited to let everyone know that the dream continues with the release of the Arabic Colors Animal Poster©.

A Crafty Arab’s Arabic Color Animal Poster©

The new Arabic Colors Animal Poster features eleven of our animals from the original Animal poster, doing various activities with color. Each color is also written in Arabic in the color it represents. I will be working on a Parent Teacher Guide soon that will go with the poster to help with pronunciations and continue the story lines of each character.


Raisa the Racoon (raccoon in Arabic) is organizing her peas

The Arabic Colors Animal Poster has been in the planning and design stages for over a year now, going through some rigorous focus group discussions to come up with the design.

Gasem the Qird (monkey in Arabic) started in a box

I’m working on getting the poster added to my Amazon, Etsy, and Zibbet shops soon. I just picked it up from the printers on Friday, so I haven’t even had a chance to put it up on my studio wall yet.  I really hope that people like it.

I promise it’s not going to be another 5 years before a new poster is revealed because drawings have already begun for the Arabic Numbers Animal Poster and Arabic Shapes Animal Poster.

Stay tuned!



Arabic Alphabet Animal Poster is Here!

I know I haven’t been on here for a long long time. But to be honest, I’ve been very busy. I can make a huge list of what I’ve been up to, but we can all save some time and you can just head to my website: www.ACraftyArab.com and check out my calendar page. Yeah, I know, I’m exhausted just looking at it too.

But my big big project that I’ve been working on for the last year that has finally come together the last few weeks is my new (drum roll please) Arabic Alphabet Animal Poster!

This is just so exciting. This is the first step in creating my whole Arabic Alphabet Animal line. After the poster, there will be flash cards, memory games, place mats, bibs, bed sheets, stuffed animals, books, really the sky is the limit.

Nothing like this exists right now. A product line that makes Arabic learning fun for kids. Can’t wait to see where this takes me!

Buy it here!