Palestine Landscape Notebook {Tutorial}

This Palestine landscape notebook is a craft born out of necessity.  Now that my daughters are back to school, we have a lot of composition notebooks and it has become harder to tell them all apart. Especially at 6am.


This summer, I purchased a bottle of olive oil from Canaan oil and fell in love with the painting by Palestinian artist Ibrahim Salaby. It features a landscape of crosses and moons, symbolizing his country’s ties to Christianity and Islam.

My daughter used the bottle as inspiration to decorate one of her books.   She painted with a silver pen to keep it simple, but you can use any colors you’d like.



Composition notebook
Duct tape (any solid color)

We started by applying strips of duct tape to the notebook. We lined it up with the existing black edge.

We made sure to leave a little overhang when we cut the tape.

Once we had the tape across the front, we opened the inside and folded over the corner.  Once we had our little triangle, it was easier to fold over the sides.

We used the ridges made by the tape, where it overlapped, to make our lines straight on the notebook.

We drew half circles and triangles on top of our rectangles. Then added crescent moons and crosses on the minarets and chapels of our newly created mosques and churches.

To compliment our night sky, we added stars. Some were close but some were far away.

The final step was adding a few windows. Not too many, our inspiration piece was beautiful in it’s simplicity.

Now my daughter had to set this book aside to fully dry for 24 hours. (Tip – Keep this in mind if you need your notebook for school and do this craft on a weekend.)


She quickly started on a new blank composition book. This time, using red, yellow and blue Sharpies and a photo of Morocco we have on the refrigerator. I can’t wait to see it when it’s done.


To learn more about Palestine, visit our T-shirt tutorial

Palestine In My Heart T-shirt {Tutorial}

Check out these other Sharpie crafts

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Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more crafts about the Arab world.

Khatam Jewelry Bowl {Tutorial}

These mini air dry clay bowls were made to help keep us organized.


We have left over clay from our previous ladybugs and coasters and wanted to used it up before it hardened.


Since we had shaped the ladybugs into circles and the coasters were cut from a template, I thought I would show my daughter today how to work with a mold.


A mold can be bought or it can be made from any household items you have at hand, as long as you protect your surface from the clay.


We decided to use two little bowls we had picked up at the dollar store as our molds.  By placing the two square bowls in each other, we discovered they created a 8 point star, or a khatam in Arabic.


If you read this blog at all, you know we love to make khatams because they are so easy for kids to replicate. Simply take two squares and offset them. Khatams can be found all over the Arab world and even in Western society. This is a khatam I found in a park in Washington, while on a walk last week.

To make our khatam, we used the Brush Metal silver paint from Plaid, which I received as a Plaid Ambassador.  We kept the center white so we can see our silver jewelry pieces.



Cling wrap
Washi tape
Air dry clay
Mod Podge
Foam Brush

Cut off a section of the clay and make sure you wrap up the rest super tight. Once it dries, it is impossible to use.

To condition the clay and get it ready, you need to soften it up for a few minutes by pushing it around your fingers.

You’ll want to now flatten your clay to about a quarter inch thickness.

Use the mold to cut the clay to size.

Place the cling wrap over the mold to make the extraction easier later.

You’ll next place the clay in the mold.

Use your fingers to shape the clay into the crevasses and corners of the mold.

The clay will need to stay in the mold for 24 hours to harden.

Place a little tape on the corners and paint them silver.

We added a layer of Mod Podge to protect against starches.

Now your khatam is ready for jewelry. Just as one or separated to create two bowls.

I especially love that the top bowl has a little lip so that earrings can be placed on the edge.

To see more of my handmade jewelry, please visit my shop. To make more tutorials that teach about the Arab world, be sure to check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.


Khatam Clay Coaster {Tutorial}

This DIY coaster tutorial is so easy and fun, my daughter has already asked to make more for teacher appreciation day.


We had air dry clay left over from the ladybugs we made last week and wanted to use it up before it hardened.


I had received this beautiful Barcelona stencil design from Plaid as a Plaid Ambassador and noticed the smaller sizes were perfect square size. Since a khatam, the Arabic word for 8 point star, is a simply two squares offset, we used the stencil to make coasters.



Air dry clay
Clay roller and knife
Square card stock
Mod Podge
Foam brush

We started by cutting off a section of the clay with our knife.

We spent about 5 minutes conditioning the clay. Twisting and turning it to make it soft and workable.

When it was ready, we rolled it out to about a quarter inch thickness.

We added the square card stock and marked where the corners were in one direction. Then we picked up the square, offset it and marked it again.

Once we had a general idea of where all the points are, we used the paper to guide the xacto cut into the clay.

The coaster is now ready to be set aside to dry for two days. We placed it on parchment paper and flipped it every 12 hours or so to avoid buldging. You can also use foil or a plate. We made four coasters total using the steps above.

Once all four were done, we used the stencil to add bright colors.

We waited a few hours for the paint to soak in and dry. Then we coated both sides (and edges!) with Mod Podge, which acts as a sealant to protect your clay. We did 3 coats total.

Here are all  four together. They are now in our living room, waiting for their first glass!

If you enjoyed making this khatam craft, please visit

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To learn more about the Arab world, stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.