Snack Cup Camel {Tutorial}

Snack cups are such fun to use as a craft medium.

 

We get them for free when we go to our local grocery store and check out the sample table in the back.

 

On our last visit, my daughter brought her snack cup home after eating what was inside (trail mix) and we decided to use it as a hump for a camel. We just needed to add googly eyes and pom poms.

 

Supplies

Markers
Snack cup
Googly eyes
Hot glue
Pom poms

My daughters started by drawing the outline of the blanket on the camel’s back with black marker.

She then used the other markers to color in the blanket design, including yellow tassels. After her design was done, she used brown marker to color the rest of the snack cup.

She wanted to make sure I showed you the khatam, the Arabic word for eight point star, she drew on the top.

I helped with this next step, since it involves the hot glue. We added two small pom poms on top of each other for legs. We then added two smaller pom poms and a large one for the neck and head.  Last was adding the googly eyes to the head.

Our cute camel is ready for an afternoon play date! We might need to g back to the grocery store for a playmate.

If you enjoyed this camel DIY tutorial, try your hand at one of these

Eid Camel Gift Bag Tutorial

Camel Fold-in Tutorial

Camel Coffee Cozy Tutorial

Freezer Paper Camel Tutorial

Or if you bought a big size bag of pom poms, use up more on these DIY tutorials

Pom Pom Kuwaiti Flag Tutorial

Pom Pom Sheep Tutorial

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more fun ways to make recycled art.

Arab World Rocks Tutorial

Yesterday was a snow day in our town so the girls were home from school. We have been talking a lot about the Arab world lately so I decided to take advantage of the day and teach my girls about all the flags.

 

Since the car wasn’t getting out of the garage, we couldn’t make a run to the craft store for supplies. We looked around our house for things to craft and came across our Eid Mubarak rocks from a few years ago. Bingo!

 

We started by researching about the Arab world. There are 22 countries that belong in the Arab League. They are all in the Middle East and North Africa, also called MENA, and most have Arabic as their primary or secondary language.

 

We have been crafting our way thought the countries over the years and, when possible, I have included links to those tutorials so that you can learn more about each country.

 

Supplies

Rocks
Acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Foam brush
Mod Podge

We started by washing and drying all our rocks.  We had picked them up from the planter outside our door, so they were covered in mud. But a little soapy water (or a tablespoon of bleach works too, just make sure you use gloves) and good as new.

 

We dried them with our hair dryer since we were impatient to get started on paining.  To make the colors of the flags really show up well, we painted each rock with white paint.  After that was dried, we covered the white paint with Mod Podge, using our foam brush.

Then we got stared with the first layer. If a flag had a star, writing or other symbols, we made sure to add a layer of Mod Podge between each layer, otherwise the colors run into each other. Here we are doing the Somali flag.

Once all our flags were done, we coated them all with one final layer of Mod Podge to seal them. Now we can use them in games, memory tests or story stones.

 

Close up of each country:

Algeria

Bahrain

Comoros

Djibouti

Egypt

Iraq

Jordan

Kuwait

Lebanon

Libya

Mauritania

Morocco

 

Oman

 

Palestine

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Somalia

Sudan

Syria

Tunisia

United Arab Emirates

Yemen

 

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see more craft tutorials that teach about MENA.

 

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Iraqi Flag Suncatcher Tutorial

It’s important for children to learn about the world they live in and today we talked about Iraq in our home.

 

Republic of Iraq (Arabic: جمهورية العـراق‎‎ ) is a country in Western Asia, bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest, and Syria to the west. The capital, and largest city, is Baghdad. The official languages of Iraq are Arabic and Kurdish.

 

According to Wikipedia:
The flag of Iraq (Arabic: علم العراق‎‎) includes the three equal horizontal red, white, and black stripes of the Arab Liberation flag. This basic tricolor has been in use since 1963, with several changes to the green symbols in the central white stripe; the most recent version bears the takbir rendered in green. A new design for the flag was confirmed by Law 9 on 22 January 2008.

 

After we learned about Iraq, we made a suncatcher for our window. We decided to printout the takbir on white ahead of time rather then try to make it out of tissue.  So just ignore the white tissue in the supplies photo since we did not use it.

 

Supplies

Contact paper
Tissue paper in red & black
Cutting mat
Green cardstock
Printout of takbir (2)
Ruler
Xacto
Hole punch
Scissors
Yarn

We started by laying out our cutting mat with the green cardstock and placing our ruler on the edge of our cardstock. We used the xacto to cut inside the rulers’ edge on all four sides of the paper, creating a frame.

While we had the cutting mat and xacto out, we used them to cut out takbir into a long strip that would fit across our frame.

I laid out the contact paper and my daughter used the grid on the back to cut two pieces that were slightly larger than our frame. We then worked as a team to peel the backing off the contact while laying our frame on top. The sticky part of the contact paper should be up.

My daughter laid one of the takbir in the middle of the contact paper. It’s okay if the edges go over, we’ll cut them later when both pieces are on.

We cut the red and black tissue paper in strips and then in random rectangle and triangle shapes.  Then my daughter laid the red shapes on top of the flag and the black tissue on the bottom.

Once the spaces are covered in tissue, she laid the second takbir on top and cut off the paper that over laps.

We peeled off the backing on the second piece of contact paper and laid it on top of the flag. Then my daughter cut off the excess contact paper around the green frame and punched two holes in the top two corners.

She used the scissors to cut off a piece of yarn and tied off each end on the frame.  Now her flag is ready to hang in the window, letting in sunlight and looking like stained glass. I think I would recommend using thicker cardstock on the takbir so that both sides don’t show through, but the reason we printed it twice is so you can read it inside and outside the house.

If you enjoyed learning about Iraq, one of the countries in the Arab League, visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to learn about the other counties. Please feel free to pin this to your board.