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

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

 

Ramadan Perler Beads Lantern {Tutorial}

Traditionally to begin our Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge series, we have used Perler Beads in making a crescent moon and star, sheep and Basmala. We thought we would continue by spending our first day of Ramadan making a lantern.

 

Ramadan lanterns,  فانوس‎ or fanous in Arabic, were first document to have been utilized in Egypt, when they were used to celebrate the arrival of one of the Fatima Caliphs to Cairo during Ramadan, around 960. It has also been recorded that Christian Egyptians would have used the fanous to celebrate Christmas.

 

My daughter used two colors for her fanous, yellow and orange, to keep things simple. She had no set pattern since one does not exist, so my daughter spent a little bit of time working with the beads until she had an outline that she liked.

Once she had filled in the rest of the beads, I turned on the iron to fuse the beads together.

Once she figured out the pattern, she tried out a few more in different colors.

I pulled out some purple bakers twine and she carefully pushed it thorough the top bead, using the sharp end of a safety pin to help. She tied off a small loop on each fanous.

Now we have a fanous banner to hang.  Not sure how long it will last, so I might add a little big of glue to the top bead, before it heads to hang in her room.

If you enjoyed making this fanous, stop by these other tutorials

Lantern Money Holders {Tutorial} Guest Blogger

Ramadan Lantern Foil Art {Tutorial}

 

Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more of our fun DIY crafts