Nowruz Sir Plate {Tutorial}

Happy Nowruz 2017


Today is Nowruz, celebrated by the Iranians and Turkic peoples, along with some other ethno-linguistic groups, in the Middle East and worldwide.  It is a holiday that marks the beginning of the New Year.


Last year, we made a sib, or apple, for the half sin table. This year we are tried our hand at papier-mâché to make a plate for garlic, or sir (سیر).


According to Wikipedia:

A Half Sin (Persian: هفت سین‎‎ “Seven S’s”) is the traditional table setting of Nowruz in Iran. Typically, before the arrival of Nowruz, family members gather around a table, with the Haft Seen set on it, and await the exact moment of the March equinox to celebrate the New Year. At that time, the New Year gifts are exchanged.


I started by printing out some black and white paisley designs I found on the internet, along with garlic images. Paisley was actually a shape that originated in Iran, so we wanted to tie in a bit of history into our sir bowl.



Plastic container
Foam brush
Sharpie pen
Mod Podge
Rectangle ceramic plate
Paisley and garlic cut outs


Mix the Mod Podge with a little bit of water in the plastic container.

Use the gold sharpie to add a few value lines in the garlic. Cut out the shape and also cut out the paisley shapes.

Place the Clingwrap on the plate and start gluing down the paisley cut outs.  Let the first layer dry overnight and then add another layer.

Add the garlic cutouts as the final touch.

Let your plate dry overnight. The next day, it should pop right out of the ceramic shape.

Now your paper plate is ready for sir and your half sin table.

To enjoy more plate DIY tutorials, visit

Eid Decorative Plate Tutorial

My First Ramadan Sharpie Plate Tutorial

Moroccan Flag Candy Dish

There are a few handmade Nowruz cards in my shop and don’t forget to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to learn more about the Middle East. Please feel free to pin this image into your favorite board:



Pyramid Eid Favor Boxes {Tutorial}

I love making candy favor boxes for our local eid parties.  It’s always fun to think of creative ways to give the kids little treats.


Eid is the Arabic world for festival or holiday.  It can mean eid milad, which is Arabic for birthday, or Eid Al Fitr, the holiday that ends the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Islam is one of many religions practiced in the Arab world.


Taking inspiration from our pyramid paper lantern, I came up with this pyramid box with the words Eid Mubarak on the sides. Eid Mubarak is the greeting you say to someone around either Eid Al Fitr, or Eid Al Adha, the two major holidays in the Islamic religion.  Eid Mubarak means Blessed Holiday in Arabic.



8×11 card stock
Double sided tape
Baker’s twine
Cutting mat
Ziploc bag
Starburst candy

Print out the Pyramid Eid Mubarak Favor with moon to the yellow card stock. Use the xacto to cut out the shape.  Only cut the outside lines, all the inside lines are folding.

Cut out the moon shape from inside the triangle.

Use the xacto to slice off the corner of the ziploc bag to cover up the cut out.

Place double sided tape on the inside of the moon cut out and add the plastic. Fold along all the other lines.

Punch a hole in the top of all four triangles.

Weave the twine in the holes, add the candy and tie a knot.

For a younger child, feel free to have them make one that does not require an xacto for the moon.  Give them scissors to practice cutting the outside shape. I found papyrus paper and printed a favor on it.

I also had a little fun and made one in blue as a gift box. I didn’t add the hole or twine and simply glued the flaps together.


Check out these other clever ways to give out candy at your next eid:

Quran Candy Nuggets Tutorial

Eid Camel Gift Bag Tutorial

Red, White & Blue Hanging Eid Favor Tutorial

Jordan Almonds Origami Box Tutorial

Make sure you stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more diy tutorials about the Arab world.

5 Pillars Folding Crafts Sticks {Tutorial}

The five pillars of Islam are the basic acts that are the foundation of the religion.


Today we made a folding craft sticks to use as a memorization tool so my daughter can learn them.  I love that my daughter can test herself by unfolding one stick at a time to reveal the next one.


You can use a ribbon to tie it together, or a rubber band. Anything to get it compact for trips to keep little hands busy.



Craft sticks
Masking tape

Start by laying done a piece of tape and lay two sticks on it. Make sure you leave a little space between the sticks on the tape.

Flip the crafts sticks over and add another piece of craft stick on either side and tape the new piece on.

Continue flipping and adding more sticks. Remembering to leave space between your sticks.

You’ll need 8 sticks total and then are ready to color. Start by writing 5 Pillars at the top.

My daughter didn’t like how the letters smudged, so she took off that stick and started over.  If you mess up on any of the tape, you can do the same. Then write down Of Islam on the second stick, followed by Faith, Prayer, Charity, Fasting and Pilgrimage.

Cut your ribbon to size.

Now fold the craft sticks up.

Tie on the ribbon and your 5 Pillars Folding Craft Sticks are ready for life on the go.

If you enjoyed this 5 Pillars DIY tutorial, visit our 5 Pillars of Islam Wind Chime Tutorial or use up more craft sticks by making our Eid Mubarak Puzzle Card.

Or check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more crafts that teach about the Arab world.