Mauritania Flag Banner {Tutorial}

Arab American Heritage Month seems like a great time to continue our quest to learn about all the different countries in the Arab League. We settled on Mauritania, which became a member in 1973.

 

Mauritania (Arabic: موريتانيا) is located in the Maghreb region of Africa.  It is boarded  by Morocco/Western Sahara to the north, Algeria in the northeast, Mali in the east/southeast, Senegal to the southwest and the Atlantic Ocean in the west.

 

The capital is Nouakchott, right on the Atlantic Ocean, as the majority of the country is covered by the sand of the Sahara Desert.

 

The flag of Mauritania is very unusual because it only contains the colors gold and green and not the common flag colors in all other world flags: red, white or blue.  It was adopted on April 1, 1959 and consists of a green background with a central upward pointed crescent moon and star.

 

The gold symbolizes the sands of the Sahara Desert and the green is for Islam, while some consider that green symbolizes a bright future and growth. The crescent and star are also symbols of Islam and seen on other flags such as Turkey, Libya and Tunisia.

 

For this project, we recycled a Styrofoam tray that came with our meat from the grocery store. If you follow our lead, please soak it for a little bit in a mixture of water with a dash of soap/beach. I just added a few drops in a bucket and soaked it for a few minutes.   You can also buy them new, so I included the link below.

Supplies

Styrofoam tray
Xacto
Pencil
Scissors
Glue
Fabric paint
Ribbon
Felt cut into 2.5 x 4 inch pieces
Fabric glue
Printout of 2.5 x 4 inch Mauritania flag

I found a black and white outline of the Mauritania flag and made it the same size as our pre-cut felt pieces. My daughter cut out the flag.

She then cut out the moon and star from the inside of the flag.

She laid out the flag on the Syrofoam and outlined the whole flag first, then the moon and star on a differnet part of the tray.

She used the Xacto to cut out the main flag shape and also the moon and star.

Next she used the flag print out as a guide and glued the cut out moon and star Styrofoam pieces to the Styrofoam flag piece.  This will need to set, so she put it aside for half an hour or so.

Now the fun painting starts! She just squirted the fabric paint directly onto the moon and star.

She positioned the stamp directly over the felt flag, since they were the same size, and pushed down gently to get the paint to transform.  Every time she did a new flag, she added more paint. ( If a child messes up, you can flip it over to use the new side and place the banner against a wall. If your flag is going in a window, wait for the paint to dry, flip your flags over and do the over sides so both can be enjoyed. )

She let the paint dry and came back to used fabric glue to add a flag to the ribbon.  Our ribbons was nice and wide so she could flip it over to give the flag to make a nice trim.

She added the rest of her flags to the ribbon, leaving a few inches in between them. Let the fabric glue dry overnight. I put our banner between two heavy art books to make sure the ribbon stayed folded over the flags while it set.

The best part is now we have a stamp to use on another project later. Or buy more meat and create a whole new stamp to use.

If  you enjoyed making the stamp and would like to try your hand at another, try our Moon & Star Stamp {Tutorial}.

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

50 of the Best Arab T-Shirts for Your Family

What better way to celebrate April as Arab American Heritage Month then wearing a T-shirt that shows off your Arab pride and sense of humor?

 

We love to wear T-shirts in our family because we are very active and they are easy to clean. We use them to travel in, garden in, camp in, sleep in and go swimming in sometimes too! We also use them to craft with when we get a chance.

 

In honor of this month, I put togehter a list of Arab themed T-shirts to gift anyone in the family. To make them easy to find, I’ve put them in categories for babies, men and women. I also added T-shirts for those that love Arab food and their country, in all sizes and colors.

 

I hope you are able to find something to make you, and your loved one, smile in any of these 50 choices.

 

Neat Shirts for Arab Babies

Adorable Palestinian one piece, comes in other Arab nationalities, long or short sleeves

Arabic Embroidered Salam (Peace) to let the playgroup know you come in peace

Daft Bunk is for the rebel in all of us, especially ones that can’t say P

got tajine? but also accepting milk, applesauce, bananas and the cat’s tail

Hipster Panda with Keffiyeh, and glasses with no glass because he’s that cool

Keffiyeh Tiger jumpsuit because why should only pandas have the cool genes?

Camel Floral jumpsuit for the baby who can go the long distance

Samna And 3asal has to be the cutest thing on this plant, expect the baby wearing it

Supergirl is just a little reminder that the future is female

‘Yes, I’m bilingual I scream in two languages, maybe more’ T-shirt for colicky babies

 

T-Shirts for Arab Men To Up Their Game

Beats by Um Khathoum, from the original, true queen of beats

Dignity T-shirt written in beautiful Arabic calligraphy

Out of this world Fairuz T-shirt that will be the talk of the universe

‘I Love My Wife’ T-shirt written in Arabic and English, so back off ladies

Mustache T-shirt has it brilliantly written using the Arabic word for mustache

Refugees welcome T-shirt for anyone who would like to welcome them…to Canada

Sonic Youth vintage T-Shirt for the music lover in your family

I Feel Good T-Shirt plays on the pun of the Arabic word for elephant

‘What if the Mona Lisa had been from Oman?’ T-shirt asks the serious question

Woo-Hoo! Hump Day T-shirt that celebrates Wednesdays, all week long

Funky T-Shirts Perfect for Arab Women

Adele ‘Let it burn’ T-shirt for those that don’t like to follow rules

BFF T-shirt for you, your co-wife and your other co-wife

Bolt of Barack (Blessings) for those times you wish you can throw them at strangers

Cat T-shirt showcases how the beautiful Arabic word can be turned into a design

Crazy Camel Lady T-shirt features my ambition when I grow up

‘Feed Me Falafel and Tell Me I’m Pretty’ T-shirt but honestly just bring the falafel

I Speak Arabic T-Shirt highlights our gifts to mankind (algebra, coffee, etc)

‘I’ve got a little Arab in me’ T-shirt is perfect for announcing a mom to be

Mrs Habibi T-Shirt for a new bride (Note: If Arab, mandatory prequel to above T-shirt)

‘Talk to the Hamsa’ T-shirt when your bolts of barack are spent for the day

 

Arab Foodies T-shirts (+ Smokies / Drinkies):

Argileh Heart Beat to make sure you know the importance of Hookah/Shisha

Bebsi for the adult Arabs who still can’t pronounce the P

‘Couscous makes me happy, you not so much’ T-shirt for the anti-social in our life

Got Hummus? T-shirt that goes well on everything, anywhere, every time

Hookah Evolution ‘aka evolution as it should be’ T-shirt for the anti-Darwinian

‘Hummus is Yummus’ T-Shirt begging to be turned into the Arab national song

I’m No Quitter motivational T-shirt reminds everyone to #Resist

Keep Batee5 T-shirt is a reminder to keep this staple on hand for any crisis situation

Make Cous Cous T-shirt by equally/justly/fairly adding all sorts of yummy veggies

Real Men eat Tabbouleh T-shirt relays requests for breakfast, lunch and dinner

(Here are some recipes, since you now can’t stop thinking about hummus and tabbouleh. Couscous will coming soon, now that I can’t stop thinking about it too. If you’d like to recycle that Bebsi aluminum can, try making it into cookie cutters.)

T-Shirts for Arabs Proud of their Nation(s):

Arab in five colors, in case saying it once isn’t enough

Camel riders vintage photo T-shirt for the nostalgic living in all of us

Egypt Egypt Ra Ra is an old fashioned cheer with a pun on the name of Ra

Arab League flag map T-Shirt that showcases all 22 member countries

Go Algeria Foam Finger T-shirt for the little soccer fan in your life

I Love My Hot Yemeni Husband T-shirt to still make sure the ladies know he’s taken

I’m proud of My Roots showcases Lebanon T-shirt but other countries available

Morocco passport visa stamp T-shirt for the world traveler

Number 1 Jiddo to make all the other jiddos at the backgammon club jealous

‘You Had Me At Marhaba’ T-shirt for the guy with few words

 

I hope you were able to find some fun wear to share with the special people in your life. Click on 99 Arab children’s books to find other gifts to share about the Arab world.

 

If you were curious who are the countries that make up the Arab League, check out these DIY easy children’s tutorials.

 

If you’d like to make a hand made gift for a personal touch, stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest.

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Camel Garden Stake {Tutorial}

Camels have had a long history in the United States.  I thought Arab American Heritage Month would be a great time to introduce that to my girls.

 

They first arrived on May 14, 1856 to Texas from the North African countries of Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia, along with other Mediterranean countries.  The Army needed to improve transportation in the southwestern US, which most observers thought was a great desert.

 

One of the most famous camel drivers, Hadji Ali, had a Syrian father and a Greek mother. He is one of the first known Arabs to help settle the American west.

 

Pulling out our favorite tool, a cookie cutter, we decided to make a camel garden stake to honor Hadji Ali and his camels this month.

 

I decided to use it for my sage plant outside since it’s the most pudgent and people ask when they walk by “what is that smell?”  I thought it might be nice to let the people know that are also curious, when I’m not outside to answer.

 

Supplies

Sculpey clay
Roller
Brown Sharpie
Cutting mat
Camel cookie cutter
Metal kebab skewers
To cook: cooking pan, foil and oven

We started by conditioning our clay, per manufactures instructions and rolled it out thinly on the cutting mat.  (You can also cheat a little and use a roller machine, which we did.)

Use our cookie cutter, we pressed it in the middle of the clay.

We carefully took off the excess clay and laid out the kebab skewer on the cut out camel shape.

We flattened some out some extra clay in our hand and laid it on top of the metal, making sure to seal it down well. We carefully picked it up and placed it on the foil covered cookie sheet. We cooked it in our oven per manufactures instructions. We also made sure to have all our windows open, just in case, for ventilation.

We let our stake cool for a few hours and then used the Sharpie to write out our herb.

Now our camel garden stake was ready to go outside.

If you enjoyed this camel craft, try making these

Freezer Paper Camel {Tutorial}

Eid Camel Gift Bag {Tutorial}

 

If you enjoyed working with a cookie cutter, try using one in these mediums

Moon & Star Cookie Cutter Canvas Art {Tutorial}

Palm Tree Cookie Cutter Candle {Tutorial}

 

If you enjoyed working with clay, stop by this DIY craft tutorials

Mosque Polymer Clay Cake {Tutorial}

Polymer Clay Moon & Star {Tutorial}

 

To learn more Arab history, check out

99 Arab American Women {Resource}

14 Books to Introduce Teens to the Arab World {Resource}

 
Or stop  by A Crafty Arab on Pinterst for other fun ways to learn about the Arab world.