Jordan Craft Stick Flag {Tutorial}

We are continuing our quest to learn about all the countries in the Arab League and today we talked about Jordan.  We decided to make a craft stick flag using products I received as a Plaid Ambassador.


This post is part of the Middle Eastern and North African Heritage Month series from Multicultural Kid Blogs. Please be sure to check out below for other participating blogs.


Jordan (Arabic: الأردن‎‎ Al-Urdunn), officially The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Arabic: المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية‎‎ Al-Mamlakah Al-Urdunnīyah Al-Ḥāshimīyah), is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River. Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the east and south; Iraq to the north-east; Syria to the north; Israel, Palestine and the Dead Sea to the west; and the Red Sea in its extreme south-west.


We thought we would make a flag hanger out of craft sticks to place in our kitchen while we talked about it.


We learned that each of the horizontal colors are for the differnet caliphs: the Abbasid (black band), Umayyad (white band), and Fatimid (green band). The red chevron is for the Hashemite dynasty, and the Arab Revolt.


It was interesting to note that so much of the flag is seeped in Islamic history, yet the country contains some of the oldest Christian communities in the world, dating as early as the 1st century AD.


We hope you are able to make your own flag while talking about this country strategically located in the pathways of Asia, Africa and Europe.



Martha Stewart water brush set
Craft Sticks

We started by laying out 3 sticks for each horizontal color, nine in all, close to each other. We used 2 other sticks to draw out diagonal lines to create the chevron.

Making sure to keep our sticks in order, we pained the top three black, middle three white and bottom three green, up until the pencil marks. We painted all three red to the left of the pencil marks. Wait for everything to dry before moving on.

We used our two extra craft sticks and laid out a line of glue across the middle.  We then placed them diagonal to each other, like a = sign and placed our painted sticks in order over the glued sticks. (Tip: We used scissors to cut off the stick overhang.)

We used the star burst punch on some white paper to recreate the white seven-pointed star and glued it in the middle of the chevron.

Once the glue had dried, we flipped the whole flag over and added a line of glue. We then placed the ribbon end on top.

We measured out how much clearance we needed for a door knob, cut off the excess ribbon and glued on the other end. Wait a few hours for the glue to fully set.

Now our beautiful flag is ready to hang.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, please be sure to visit other Arab League country tutorials on Pinterest.

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Qatar Flag Bookmark {Tutorial}

Day 29 of our Ramadan crafts challenge was spent talking about the country of Qatar.

Now seemed like a great time to continue our quest to learn about all the different countries in the Arab League. We settled on Qatar, which became a member in 1971.

Qatar (Arabic: قطر‎‎) is located in Western Asia, on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is boarded by Saudi Arabia to the south and surrounded by the Persian Gulf.

The capital is Doha and a popular tourist spot is the Khor al Adaid (“Inland Sea”), an area of rolling sand dunes.  To see other stunning spots visit Qatar the beautiful.

The flag of Qatar is maroon with a broad white serrated band (nine white points) on the hoist side. It was adopted on September 3, 1971 and is the only national flag having a width more than twice its height.

The shade of Qatar’s colored portion is referred to as ‘Qatar maroon’. The history of purple dye in the country dates back several centuries. The white portion of the flag symbolizes the peace procured from signing anti-piracy treaties with the British.

We made the flag into a bookmark by sewing rick rack onto a piece of felt.



Rick Rack
Thread and sewing machine

We know that the flag has 9 white points, so we made our white rick rack a little longer for the overage and then cut it off. We then cut the felt fabric to the size of the nine points.

We sewed two rows of  white rick rack and then added the red.

We folded over the extra overhang and sewed the edge clean, cutting off any extra fabric.

Now our bookmark is ready to hold our place in one of our favorite books!


If you enjoyed learning about the Arab world, be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterst.


2017 Ramadan Crafts Challenge Save The Date {Resource}

Ramadan 2017 / 1438 is just a few short days away.  And with it comes our 7th annual Crafty Ramadan 30 day Challenge.


30 days – 30 crafts.


We have been researching, experimenting and adjusting projects from our local library, in our kitchen and at the studio. We can’t wait to share them with you.


If you are new to Ramadan, Islam or the Arab world, we hope you learn something new.  If you are here to find entertainment for your kids, we hope they have fun expanding their world.


Please visit our 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Ramadan crafts.  Or follow A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see craft DIY tutorials, book lists and downloads we create all year long.




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