Fez K-Cup Headband {Tutorial}

The fez is a headdress, usually made of felt, that is worn in formal and informal occasions in the Mediterranean area of the world.

 

Sometimes in the northern regions, such as Greece or Cyprus, it was worn by woman, but the southern countries, it is primarily on the top of men’s heads. In some areas of North Africa, it could be different colors, including red, black or white.

 

As a child, I remember my father wearing a black fez, with a black, thick tassel, in Libya during the holiday seasons when he worn a traditional outfit. However, while we were in Morocco this past summer, I noticed that the shops in Fez sold mostly red hats.

 

I spent some time with one of the shop keepers learning about the history of these fascinating hats. I learned they were used in the Ottoman area by the military and while they were banned in some areas, others in fraternal organizations use them with pride.

 

While cleaning out my studio for Earth Day this past weekend, I came across an extra K-cup favor that had been left over from our past craft. Instead of throwing it away, we used it on a headband to celebrate these special hats.

 

Now it will go in the pretend trunk for many more afternoons of play.  All the directions to make the fez hat are here and you’ll also need these items to make the headband.

 

Supplies

Felt with glue backing
Fez favor
Pen
Scissors
Headband

Place the Kcup over the felt and trace it out.

Cut out the circle from the felt.

Remove the backing from the felt and add it to the underside of the headband.  Add the fez hat favor to the top.

Now your fez headband is ready for wear.

To check out other fez hats we recycled out of a party cup, be sure to check out our fez party hat.

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Oman Paint Chip Art {Tutorial}

I have wanted to teach my daughter about Oman, officially known as the Sultanate of Oman, for awhile now since it’s the last Arab country in the Arab League we haven’t discussed.

 

Oman (Arabic: عمان‎ ) is an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is bordered with the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest with the south and east on the Persian Gulf.  The Sultanate is administratively divided into eleven governorates.

 

We printed out a copy of them to use in today’s artwork made of paint chips. We got eleven chips of the same color variations of red, to show the unity of Oman, but highlight the differences.

 

Supplies

Paint chip
Oman country print out
White card stock
Scissors
Glue
Pencil

We started by cutting out the country and outlining it on the white card stock.

We lightly outlined the eleven governorates.

We then cut the paint chips into random triangles.

We set glue down and added the paint chips.

Once all the major areas were done, we went back and added smaller triangles to fill in the gaps.

Once the mainland was done, we added an island for the provenance of Al Wusta.

Plus two little sections for the governorate of Musandam in the north.

This is what it looks like when we were done.

I have to say, the final artwork is visually stimulating.

We can frame it and it would look lovely to hang in any living room.

Please stop by to see more artwork we have made of the Arab world.

Algeria Geometric Art {Tutorial}

Comoros Layered Papercut {Tutorial}

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Arabic Mother’s Day Card {Tutorial}

Mother’s day will be celebrated in the Arab world on March 21st, 2018 by 19 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

 

The first Mother’s Day was started in Egypt in 1956 after two journalists received numerous letters complaining from mothers that their children do not take care of them. The writers, Mostafa Amin and Ali Amin, suggested that mothers be honored on the first day of spring, March 21st, and the tradition spread to other parts of the Arab world.

 

In some parts of the MENA region, the day now includes grandmothers and mother in laws, evolving into Family Day.

 

In Arabic, mama is ماما and today’s tutorial includes making a card with flowers written out in the form of that word.

 

Supplies

Color card stock
Flower punch
Pen
Double sided tape
Foam squares
Card

To start, punch out the same flower shape from different colors of card stock.

Once you make eight or nine of each color, add a little detail by drawing some ovals into the petals.

Once all the flowers were done, curl the edges of some of them with the end of the pen.

Play around with the flowers until you make sure you have enough for the word. Then place double sided tape on the flowers that were curled and foam squared under the flowers that stayed flat, before adding them to the card.

Keep alternating, the low, curled flower, with the high, flat flower, until the word is done. If you find the image off in numbers, it’s very easy to make an extra flower.

If you have to mail your card, make sure you place it in a padded envelope to help keep the flowers from getting destroyed.

Your mom may also choose to place your card in a frame, which we all know means you are her favorite child.

To make more cards, visit these other tutorials

Arabic Stamped Thank You Card {Tutorial}

Eid Step Card {Tutorial}

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