Libya Collage Pin {Tutorial}

Libya has been on our minds a lot lately due to the recent turmoil. My daughter made this Ramadan craft as a pin so she could wear it to school.

While she was making it, we talked about the Libya flag and what the colors stood for. It consists of a white star and crescent on a triband red-black-green design, with the central black band being twice the width of the outer bands. The flag fell out of use in 1969 and effectively reinstated as the country’s national flag on 3 August 2011.

The crescent is symbolic of the beginning of the lunar month according to the Muslim calendar and the star represents our smiling hope. The red was selected for the blood sacrificed for the freedom of Libya, black to remember the dark days that Libyans lived under the occupation of the Italians and green to represent its primary wealth, agriculture.

We found a stamp of the Libya flag and used it as part of a collage to make the pin, adding green & yellow arabesque patterned paper, plus dimensional glittered Mod Podge for a little sparkle.

Supplies

  • Paintbrush (2)
  • Mod Podge
  • Glue
  • Pin backing
  • Foam core
  • Stamp image
  • Patterned card stock
  • Xacto
  • Glittered Mod Podge

My daughter started her craft by using the Mod Podge to attach the stamp to the pattered paper.

She let the paper dry before flipping it over to figure out where the foam core is placed. She cut the corners at an angle before attaching the paper to the foam with Mod Podge.

My daughter added more Mod Podge to the edges of the paper and firmly folded it over so that it was snug.

To add a little bit of sparkle to the pin, my daughter added glittered Mod Podge around the outside frame of the stamp.

My daughter let everything dry for a few hours before adding the pin backing with glue.


Let the pin back set for a full 24 hours. If you would like to make another pin for your backpack, visit these other tutorials

Couscous Heart Pin {Tutorial}

Ramadan My First Fast Award {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see other activities that teach about Arab countries.

Nakba Shrinky Dink Key Chain {Tutorial}

Nakba Day (Arabic: يوم النكبة in Arabic, which means meaning “Day of the Catastrophe”) is observed on 15 May.

For Palestinians it is an annual day of commemoration of the displacement from their homes.

During the 1948 Palestine war, hundreds of thousands fled or were expelled, and their towns and villages were destroyed.

The key is a symbol of the houses which Palestinians left as part of the Nakba. We have made a key charm before, so today my daughter and I made a key chain out of shrinky dink. We included a key, an outline of Palestine in 1948 that has a keffiyeh design inside, plus a Palestinian flag.

Supplies

  • White shrinky dink
  • Palestine shapes found online
  • Sharpies in Black, Green and Red
  • Scissors
  • Key chain
  • O-rings
  • Pliers
  • Hole punch

My daughter started by tracing out the flag design on the white shrinky dink, then she cut it out. She used the Sharpies to fill in the colors: red on the triangle, black on the top panel and green on the bottom panel. Once she had finished coloring in the flag, she placed a hole in the upper left corner.

We read the instructions on the back of the shrinky dink packaging to see how to heat them up in our oven. After the flag came out of the oven and had cooled, my daughter added the O-ring to it with the pliers to secure it to the key chain.

She traced out the key and country outline next, before spending some time coloring them in as well.

Now our Nakba key chain is ready to be used.

Stop by these other tutorials to learn about Palestine

Palestine Landscape Notebook {Tutorial}

Palestine Is In My Heart T-shirt {Tutorial}

Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more activities that teach about the Arab world

2nd Annual Seattle Arab Cultural Camp {Outing}

Do to popular demand, I have decided to bring back the Seattle Arab Cultural Camp this summer.

The mission is to spend some time creating the art projects from this blog that educate about the Arab culture.

We will discuss language, food, music, artists, dress, holidays, etc, to learn more about the 22 countries that make up the Arab world in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

By spending a week looking at the MENA area, we hope this opens children’s eyes into seeing more about that culture.

It will be held in the Seattle suburb of Redmond the week of July 15 to July 19, 2019. We will start our day at 8:30am and pick up will be at 3:30pm. Extended hours available.

Kids will stop mid day for an exercise and lunch break and each day will include a service project to give back to the community.

I am still working out the final schedule, but it will be very similar to last year’s camp, which can be found here.

The camp will once again be limited to 15 participants on a first come, first served basis.  I will be taking children entering grades 1-6. Camp will be $200 a week to cover materials and visiting artists fees.

There will be an open house for interested parents, to check out the studio and experience a sample art stations, on June 22th.

If you are interested in learning more about the Arab Cultural Camp, either contact me or fill out an

If you would like to be involved in camp, please let me know as I will be grateful for a few helping hands to turn this into a larger scale project.