Arabic Game Die {Tutorial}

We have game night in our home every Friday. However most of our games are in English and my daughters are trying to learn the Arabic.


We thought we would make an Arabic die to help us on game night practice our numbers. We used some left over cardboard we had, saving it from the landfill and recycling it into something useful.  An added bonus is that these dice are so easy to make that if something were to happen to it, we can quickly make another.


We decided to make it extra large so that it can be easily found. We used square pieces of cardboard that we cut into 5 inch squares.  You can adjust your die to any size by making your cardboard smaller or larger.



Six pieces of square cardboard
Silver duct tape
Decorate tape
Arabic number print outs

To make the die, the squares have to be placed out into a lower t shape,. Use athe silver duct tape used to attach them together.

Flip the t shape over and add silver duct tape to the three sides of the longer end piece.

Fold the cardboard t into a cube shape.

Add the decorative tape to the outside for extra sturdiness and to hide the silver tape.

Cut out the Arabic numbers.


Add glue to the back of the numbers and add them to the cube.

Wait a few hours for the tape and glue to set. After a few games, we also added a little bit of glue to the corners.  Throwing the die to the ground causes the decorative tape to come up.  But now with the glue, it’s ready for more games.

Check out our more games we have made like

Arabic Numbers Toss {Tutorial}

Khatam Matching Game {Tutorial}

Traveling Moon and Star Tic-Tac-Toe {Tutorial}

Please stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more Arabic DIY crafty tutorials


Moon and Star Gallery Glass {Tutorial}

We made this moon and star gallery glass window hanging and it looks exactly like stained glass to anyone walking by. Little do they know that it’s actually paint.


A few weeks ago, I received Gallery Glass paint as my Plaid Ambassador role. After using it on the Kahtam Painted Cube, I wanted to try it on another surface: our living room window.


I’ve always wanted to teach stained glass to children, but working with the lead has always made it a difficult task.


Since I have found Gallery Glass, it’s such a relief to be able to finally bring this fun medium to kids.  Getting them to practice with the bottle is also a great lesson in patience and control. I have to admit that my daughter made quite a few mock up on paper towels before she was finally confident enough to do the final product.


A second deterrent in working with stained glass and kids, is cost.  Buying the glass, especially the prettier pieces that have character, can be quite a lot on an artist budget. Once a piece is snapped, it can not be re done once the cut has been made, so mistakes are also costly.  But with the Gallery Glass, any mistake can be wiped up and it’s easy to started over.


Gallery Glass leading blanks
Gallery Glass Paints
Gallery liquid leading
Moon and Star template

My daughter drew out a simple moon and star design and then placed it under the blank. As mentioned, she practiced how to get a nice even flow. She said the star was easier since the lines were a lot shorter.

When the outline of the moon was done, short random lines were added inside.

To give it a stained glass look, we added loops.  The Gallery Glass will stick to the window, but this adds a more realistic look to the moon and star.

We left it flat for 24 hours for the liquid lead to set.

The next day, my daughter added the color inside. If you want to spend a little time getting rid of the bubbles, you can use a toothpick. We left ours as is to add to the realistic look of glass. Allow your work to rest for another 24 hours.

After the Gallery Glass dried, we peeled the moon and star off the blank, added a little embroidery thread and stuck it on our window.

When we get tired of where it is, we can move it to a new window!

We can’t wait to use this fun product in other ways. Perhaps make Arabic personalized window displays for birthdays, Eids or other holidays!

If you enjoyed creating this moon craft, stop by these other DIY tutorials

Cookie Cutter Moon and Star Art {Tutorial}

RyaTie Moon Wall Hanging {Tutorial}

99 Creative Moon Projects {Resource}

Be sure to check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more.

Night Moon Paper Plate {Tutorial} plus Night of the Moon {Review}

Happy 2018! Let’s celebrate the new year by reviewing a book to kick off Multicultural Children’s Book Day on January 27th.


When I received the book Night of the Moon by Hena Khan from her publisher, Chronicle books, I got so excited because it helps explain the moon phases. We have done several moon crafts in our studio to help learn the difference between the Gregorian and Hijri calendars.


To see the phases showcased in this book, throughout the month of Ramadan, was fantastic. Especially as we learn them through the eyes of Yasmeen, a young Pakistani-American girl.


When Yasmeen is shown the crescent moon, her mom explains “it means a new month is beginning” for Ramadan. Yasmeen then sees the moon in its different phases, as the month progresses, ending with Eid. We are also exposed to Chaand Raat, a popular cultural tradition from South Asia, also called Night of the Moon celebration.

The book illustrations are beautiful, often casting the words in arabesque windows that complement the windows Yasmeen looks out of, while gazing at the moon.


We used two paper plates to also create a “window” to showcase our moon phases. Now as we are reading the book, we can change out our moons to match the story.



Paper dessert plates – 2
Foam glue dots
Black paint
Foam brush
Color markers
Circle punch
Craft sticks

We used the moons in the corners of the book cover to decide how many circles we needed to cut out total: 8, two for each side.

To create the different phases of the moon, we put the circles back in the punch and offset the cuts. Thinner moons means putting almost the whole circle back into the punch.

While our thicker moons needed to be cut slightly larger.

We used the left over cardstock to create a mosque template to outline on the top paper plate.

Once it was outlined, we used the xacto to cut around the roof and the inner circle of the plate.  We used our markers to decorate the mosque, just like in the book.

We also used the markers to outline all eight moons.

We pulled out our black paint next. We painted the plate, around the mosque, and both sides of our craft sticks.

We also painted our second plate, that will be our background.

By now, our craft sticks were dry and we were able to add our moons to the ends. We matched the two sides to each other, and making sure the outlines were facing out.

After we had finished our four craft sticks, we turned our attention back to the plates.  We added foam stickers around the outside of the black, plain plate. We didn’t place any at the bottom, where the mosque will goes, so that we can move the moon across the night sky with our stick.

The final step is to add the mosque plate. Now our plates are ready to follow along with the Ramadan moon in the book.

You’ll have fun changing out each moon as the month gets closer to Eid.

Since both moon sides are outlines, you can change the direction of the moon and not have to make more sticks.

Be sure to check out the book Night of the Moon from Chronicle or ask for it a your local bookstore, library or Amazon.

If you enjoyed making this moon craft, stop by these other DIY tutorials

RyaTie Moon Wall Hanging {Tutorial}
Cookie Cutter Moon and Star Art {Tutorial}

Be sure sto check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.