We love making star projects, tutorials, downloads or recipes, on A Crafty Arab, ever since we learned the Arab’s 9th century fascination with stars.
This was when the first observatory was built in Iraq. An observatory is a structure that houses tools to allow astronomers to study the universe around us.
The Arabs were not the first to study the planets, sun, moon and everything else, they were the first to do it in an observatory with large instruments as a team solving scientific projects.
Many people don’t know that the original names for the stars were Arabic because so many were discovered and named by Arab astronomers. For example, some of the stars in the constellation Big Dipper, came originally from Arabic names. The stars are known as al-Qa’id (Alkaid), Mi’zar (Mizar), al-Hawar (Alioth), Maghraz (Megrez), Fakhdha (Phecda), Marzqq (Merak) and Dub (Dubhe).
One of the other places that stars are most seen is in the crescent moon and star symbol on Arab flags. The crescent moon and star were used in the flag of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century.
This lead to its acquired popular interpretation as a symbol of Islam that started forming in the 20th century. The khatam, or eight point star, is also very popular in the Arab world.
Here on A Crafty Arab blog, my daughters and I love to making star crafts and have done quite a few. I thought it might be a good time to compile a list of all the Eid craft tutorials we’ve done here, plus a few more from some of our crafting friends over at Kid Blogging Network.
If the images came from my blog, I am able to include a photo, if a craft came from another blog, please click on the link to see it as I do not have permission to post those photos. I have also compiled a list over on the star project board on A Crafty Arab Pinterest.
Be sure to go all the way down to our list to visit some of our other 99 creative projects we’ve created.