Arabic Christmas Pallet {Tutorial}

This Arabic Christmas pallet decor was so easy and took so little time to construct.

Eid Milad Majid {عيد ميلاد مجيد} is how to say Merry Christmas in Arabic. Eid means holiday, Milad means birthday & Majid means glorious, loosely translated to stand for Festival of the Glorious Birth. Christmas is celebrated by roughly 64% of Arab Americans in the US who are Christian.

I took advantage of this Plaid Enterprises, Inc. pallet’s wood sign having four boards to stack the words, adding a star to the top, to create the shape of a Christmas tree.

I made this sign today and gave my daughters a day off to catch up on tests.  If you want your kids to get involved in the sign construction, you can Xacto out the words from the paper to turn them into stencils. This frames the letters nicely for them to sponge paint, rather than hand stencil.

I cut and paste عيد ميلاد مجيد into a Word document & played around with sizes so that the Majid at the bottom was much larger in size than the Eid at the top.

Supplies

Wood pallet

Paintbrush – Large for cover, small for writing

Tracing stylus

Paint – aqua, cardinal red, daffodil yellow, wicker white

Blue tape

Carbon paper

عيد ميلاد مجيد – printed & cut

The first step is to paint the background colors. I picked the aqua and cardinal red as complimentary colors, alternating them.

After waiting a few hours for everything to dry, I taped my word down, placing the carbon paper under it, before tracing the letters.

Then I removed the word and the carbon paper, to start painting with the white.

For the final touch, I added a star to the top. I just cut out an eight point star, called a khatam in Arabic, from a piece of paper. I cut out the bottom longer, then traced it with the carbon paper, before painting it yellow.

Once everything was painted, I left everything flat for a few hours to dry.

That is it.  Super easy, correct?  I will want to add a cover of Mod Podge to help seal in the colors, but tomorrow to make sure everything is dry for 24 hours.


To see other ways we have discussed Christmas, please visit:

Arabic Christmas Card {Printable}

Arabic Christmas Ornament {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to check out other tutorials that teach about the Arab world.


Recycled Tyvek Gift Bag {Tutorial}

A few days ago my daughter and I learned how to make recycled Tyvek gift bags at the Gates Foundation Discovery Center Giving Marketplace.

 

I was volunteering to (wo)man a table for the Salaam Cultural Museum Medical Missions as the director had just had surgery.  I found out she needed help when we were talking about donating sales from my Arabic Alphabet Coloring Book to help her refugee causes.

 

I also brought henna supplies to write people’s names in Arabic on their hands. It was a fun activity and I think I’ll offer it at other upcoming shows. We were able to raise almost $100 for refugees from the henna alone.

The Discovery Center had some activities for adults and children in the back, one of which included making a reusable gift bag from recycled Tyvek.

 

According to Wikipedia, Tyvekis a synthetic material, often seen used as housewrap, to protect buildings during construction. The material is very strong; it is difficult to tear but can easily be cut with scissors or a knife. Water vapor can pass through Tyvek, but liquid water cannot. All of these properties make Tyvek useful in a variety of applications.”

 

The Discovery Center had many colorful choices for duct tape, but on Saturday I brought our favorite pattern from home, so our gift bag would match our wallet, pencil case, and messenger bag.

 

It was a lively activity because there were many other creative people at the table, making their gift bags at the same time.

I took photos of our process in case you want to try making these at home.

 

Supplies

Tyvek cut into squares
Hole punch
Stapler
Square template
Ruler
Duct tape
Ribbon
Marker pens
Scissors

We started by folding over the Tyvek so that it overlapped.

Next we used the duct tape in the middle and tucked in the ends.

We added a fold into the bottom of our bag that created two large Vs on each side.

Again, we made the two sides overlap and taped them down. Before adding the duct tape, we used the stapler to give the bottom extra support.

To finishes off the bag, we folded over the top. We used the hole punch to make the holes for the ribbon handles, which we added with a knot inside.

The final step was to decorate the outside of the bag, and of course we choose a khatam design. Khatam is the Arabic word for eight point star, and very easy to make with a square template. Simply drawn in the square, offset another square and eight points are made.

This is our completed bag.

If you enjoyed making this gift bag, stop by these others we have made

Arabic Newspaper Gift Bag {Tutorial}

Eid Spray Painted Favor Bags {Tutorial}

 

Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see more tutorials that use recycle materials.

Arabic Birthday Pendant {Tutorial}

Name pendants are huge in the Arab world because Arabic is such a beautiful script to write. This polymer clay pendant tutorial for kids plays on the popularity of these name pendants to celebrate a birthday.

People enjoy having their name or the name of a loved one on a necklace, worn close to their heart. I thought it would be fun to build on the popularity of the name pendants to create one that spelled the word eid, which is the Arabic word for festive or holiday.

 

Eid, when combined with the Arabic word for birth, milad, means birthday: Eid Milad.  This birthday pendant, in bright yellow and pink colors, will adorn a birthday gift to a friend this weekend (don’t tell her it’s a book!). After she opens the gift, she can hang the eid pendant on her fridge, in her room or reuse it on someone else as a gift tag.

 

It was so easy to make that my teen took only an afternoon to put it together.  But I would suggest making it a day in advance to ensure the glaze is fully dry.

 

Supplies

Sculpey Clay
Glaze
Paintbrush
Xacto
Fuzzy yarn

Use the Xacto to cut the clay into two equal parts and spend a little time kneading it.  Once each piece is soft, roll them into ropes that are equal sizes.

Now you will need to twist the two pieces around each other.

Roll these two pieces to each other so that they smooth out into one rope.

Write out the word eid onto your cooking surface directly so that you don’t have to move it. Add a little curve to the ends so that you can hook your word onto your yarn.

Once your piece is done baking and has cooled, add a layer of glaze to give it a little shine & protect the surface from dust.

Now your eid pendant is ready to tie with yarn to your gift.  Once we cut off the extra fuzzy yarn, we noticed a little heart had formed.

We added a dab of glue to the wrapping paper & added the heard for the dot of the i.

To turn it into a pendant, tie the yarn around the inside of the letters e and d and hang it anywhere you’d like.

Please stop by these other interesting way to wrap a gift:

Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper {Tutorial}

Happy Eid Pop-Up Wrap {Tutorial}

 

Visit ACraftyArab on Pinterest to see more tutorials that teach about the Arab world.