Arabic Chalkboard Lunchbox {Tutorial}

Today is the last full week of the school year and also the last full week of Ramadan.  Eid Al Fitr, the holiday that commemorates the end of Ramadan, is predicted to occur on Friday or Saturday.

 

I thought I would surprise my young daughter by adding chalkboard paint to her lunchbox to get through this last final week.  I wrote some Arabic words for her to practice saying while having her lunch.  If you don’t want to use your lunchbox for educational purposes, you can add jokes or inspirational sayings for your children.

 

I received the chalkboard paint as my Plaid Ambassador roll. We’ve used it a few times this Ramadan on a sign and our lazy susan. Even after all three of these projects, I bet we can still get many more!

 

Supplies

Lunchbox
Chalkboard paint
Paintbrush
Chalk
Blue tape

Place the blue tape around the edge of the lunchbox to protect the sides and add a layer of chalkboard paint.

Once that layer has fully dried, add a second layer. After they have both dried, you will need to condition the paint before its first use by rubbing chalk all over it.

Use a wet paper towel to wipe everything off.

Now your lunchbox is ready to use.  I added three words in Arabic, bismillah, alhamdulillah and masha’Allah.

I also made sure to sign it. I added xoxo, which means hugs and kisses in English and wrote mama in Arabic, ماما.

 

If you enjoyed how we made this school supply, stop by these others

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Recyclable Laylat Al Qadr Binoculars {Tutorial}

We spent our afternoon at home today talking about the possibility of tonight being Laylat al-Qadr, لیلة القدر in Arabic or Night of Power, and decided to use our Ramadan craft to get ready.

 

Laylat Al Qadr is the most virtuous night in the holy month of Ramadan. It commemorates the first revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in 610 CE.

 

The exact date of Laylat Al Qadr is differentiated differently by groups of Muslims but most believe that whoever spends the night in prayer out of faith, will be rewarded and sins forgiven.

 

There are multiple ways to help look for Lyalat Al Qadr, one is that when the sun rose on the following morning, it had no (visible) rays.  To help look for this sign, we thought we would make fun imagination binoculars.  While it’s never a good idea to look directly at the sun, we’ll use them to look above the horizon at first dawn to see if we can see the rays.

 

I loved using the brushed metal paints I received as my Plaid Ambassador roll to help these yogurt bottles look like silver. Be sure to stop by the A Crafty Arab Facebook page to enter the Ramadan Mod Podge contest.

 

Supplies

Recycled plastic bottle container
Xacto
Brush metal paint
Paintbrush
Duct tape
Ribbon

I am posting the photos of the tutorial for now and will be back in the am to fill in the directions.  It has been a long day and will be a longer night.

Check out these other ways we learned about Laylat A Qadr

Laylat Al Qadr Mini Light {Tutorial}

Laylat Al Qadr Handprint Prayer {Tutorial}

 

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Nakba Key Charm {Tutorial}

We are making a gift for our Ramadan craft today for a dear friend who is from Palestine.  We will give it to her at our upcoming Eid Al Fitr celebration.

 

Eid Al Fitr is the three day holiday that follows the holy month of Ramadan.

 

The charm is a key inside a frame.  This symbolizes the nakba, or the Palestinian’s 1948 exodus from their country.  Many Palestinians left with the key to their home around their neck, in the hopes of returning someday.

 

I received the mod melts as my role as Plaid Ambassador.  You can add any type of necklace you would like at the end.

 

Supplies

Mod melts
Melt forms – frame and steampunk
Pliers
Hot glue gun
Awl
Oval rings

My daughter picked the gold mod melt color from all the different choices, added it to the hot glue gun and waited for it to heat up.  Once it was at the correct temperature, she filled the small key mold.

She also made a small frame mold.  She waited a few minutes and popped them out of the mold.  She added a tiny bit of hot glue to the back of the frame to attach the key. She used the awl to poke a hole in the top of both charms.

My daughter inserted an oval ring into the hole she just created. She added a necklace before she closed it with the pliers.

Now the charm was done.

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