Palestine Landscape Notebook {Tutorial}

This Palestine landscape notebook is a craft born out of necessity.  Now that my daughters are back to school, we have a lot of composition notebooks and it has become harder to tell them all apart. Especially at 6am.


This summer, I purchased a bottle of olive oil from Canaan oil and fell in love with the painting by Palestinian artist Ibrahim Salaby. It features a landscape of crosses and moons, symbolizing his country’s ties to Christianity and Islam.

My daughter used the bottle as inspiration to decorate one of her books.   She painted with a silver pen to keep it simple, but you can use any colors you’d like.



Composition notebook
Duct tape (any solid color)

We started by applying strips of duct tape to the notebook. We lined it up with the existing black edge.

We made sure to leave a little overhang when we cut the tape.

Once we had the tape across the front, we opened the inside and folded over the corner.  Once we had our little triangle, it was easier to fold over the sides.

We used the ridges made by the tape, where it overlapped, to make our lines straight on the notebook.

We drew half circles and triangles on top of our rectangles. Then added crescent moons and crosses on the minarets and chapels of our newly created mosques and churches.

To compliment our night sky, we added stars. Some were close but some were far away.

The final step was adding a few windows. Not too many, our inspiration piece was beautiful in it’s simplicity.

Now my daughter had to set this book aside to fully dry for 24 hours. (Tip – Keep this in mind if you need your notebook for school and do this craft on a weekend.)


She quickly started on a new blank composition book. This time, using red, yellow and blue Sharpies and a photo of Morocco we have on the refrigerator. I can’t wait to see it when it’s done.


To learn more about Palestine, visit our T-shirt tutorial

Palestine In My Heart T-shirt {Tutorial}

Check out these other Sharpie crafts

Sharpie Pen Vase {Tutorial}

Arabic Sharpie Dot Monogram {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more crafts about the Arab world.

Comoros Layered Papercut {Tutorial}

We talked about the country of Comoros this week.

We have been crafting our way through all 22 Arab countries that belong to the Arab League and we are finally on our 22nd country: Comoros!

The Comoros (Arabic: جزر القمر‎‎, Juzur al-Qumur), is a sovereign archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa between Mozambique and Madagascar.

The Union of the Comoros has three official languages – Comorian, Arabic and French. They joined the Arab League on in 1993.

The national flag of the Union of the Comoros (Arabic: الاتّحاد القمريّ‎‎, al-Ittiḥād al-Qamarī) was designed in 2001 and officially adopted on January 7, 2002.

The flag design consists of a white crescent with four white five-pointed stars inside of a green triangle. The flag has four stripes, representing four islands of the nation: yellow is for Mohéli, white is for Mayotte, red is for Anjouan, and blue is for Grande Comore. The four stars on the flag also symbolize the four islands of the Comoros. The star and crescent symbol stands for Islam, which is the nation’s major religion.

My teenage daughter made a paper cut of the islands, using the colors of the flag.


Shadow frame
Card stock
Foam stickers
Embossing tool
Carbon paper
Black and red Sharpie

I printed out the islands from a photo I found online, making sure to flip it backwards. My daughter placed the yellow card stock down first, with the carbon on top and then the islands.  The lines between the islands were to keep them together during cutting.. They also represented different political connections between the largest cities.

The next step is to cut the outlines out with the xacto. Don’t worry about the markings, they will not be seen.

The next step is to flip the cutout over. Now the islands are clean and ready for the outline and dotted lines with the black Sharpie and the addition of the capital’s star with the red Sharpie.

I helped my daughter create this design on the blue paper that looks like waves.  I didn’t really use a pattern, just practiced first on the yellow discarded paper. Make sure the waves cover the background of the entire frame.

Once the waves were done, my daughter added the green card stock and placed both in the  frame.

Before adding the islands, my daughter placed foam squares on the back of them.

I helped her center the islands over the waves. The foam squares really make them seem to “float” above the waves once everything was finished.

To check out more tutorials that teach about the Arab world, check out some of Comoros’s closest Arab League neighbors:

Somalia Flag Pennant {Tutorial}

Sudan Flag Lantern {Tutorial}

Please stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more easy DIY crafts.


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.

Middle Eastern and North African Heritage Month | Multicultural Kid Blogs

Welcome to the third annual Middle Eastern and North African Heritage Month series from Multicultural Kid Blogs! Follow along all month long for great resources on teaching children about the heritage of this region, and link up your own posts below. Don’t miss our series from last year and from 2015!

You can also find even more resources on our North Africa and the Middle East Pinterest board:


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Sand In My Toes on Multicultural Kid Blogs

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A Crafty Arab

August 14
Kid World Citizen

August 15
Sand In My Toes

August 17
All Done Monkey

August 18
Tiny Tapping Toes

August 21
Biracial Bookworms on Multicultural Kid Blogs

August 23
Jeddah Mom

August 28
Crafty Moms Share

August 30
Creative World of Varya

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