Arab World Rocks Tutorial

Yesterday was a snow day in our town so the girls were home from school. We have been talking a lot about the Arab world lately so I decided to take advantage of the day and teach my girls about all the flags.

 

Since the car wasn’t getting out of the garage, we couldn’t make a run to the craft store for supplies. We looked around our house for things to craft and came across our Eid Mubarak rocks from a few years ago. Bingo!

 

We started by researching about the Arab world. There are 22 countries that belong in the Arab League. They are all in the Middle East and North Africa, also called MENA, and most have Arabic as their primary or secondary language.

 

We have been crafting our way thought the countries over the years and, when possible, I have included links to those tutorials so that you can learn more about each country.

 

Supplies

Rocks
Acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Foam brush
Mod Podge

We started by washing and drying all our rocks.  We had picked them up from the planter outside our door, so they were covered in mud. But a little soapy water (or a tablespoon of bleach works too, just make sure you use gloves) and good as new.

 

We dried them with our hair dryer since we were impatient to get started on paining.  To make the colors of the flags really show up well, we painted each rock with white paint.  After that was dried, we covered the white paint with Mod Podge, using our foam brush.

Then we got stared with the first layer. If a flag had a star, writing or other symbols, we made sure to add a layer of Mod Podge between each layer, otherwise the colors run into each other. Here we are doing the Somali flag.

Once all our flags were done, we coated them all with one final layer of Mod Podge to seal them. Now we can use them in games, memory tests or story stones.

 

Close up of each country:

Algeria

Bahrain

Comoros

Djibouti

Egypt

Iraq

Jordan

Kuwait

Lebanon

Libya

Mauritania

Morocco

 

Oman

 

Palestine

Qatar

Saudi Arabia

Somalia

Sudan

Syria

Tunisia

United Arab Emirates

Yemen

 

Be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see more craft tutorials that teach about MENA.

 

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Iraqi Flag Suncatcher Tutorial

It’s important for children to learn about the world they live in and today we talked about Iraq in our home.

 

Republic of Iraq (Arabic: جمهورية العـراق‎‎ ) is a country in Western Asia, bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest, and Syria to the west. The capital, and largest city, is Baghdad. The official languages of Iraq are Arabic and Kurdish.

 

According to Wikipedia:
The flag of Iraq (Arabic: علم العراق‎‎) includes the three equal horizontal red, white, and black stripes of the Arab Liberation flag. This basic tricolor has been in use since 1963, with several changes to the green symbols in the central white stripe; the most recent version bears the takbir rendered in green. A new design for the flag was confirmed by Law 9 on 22 January 2008.

 

After we learned about Iraq, we made a suncatcher for our window. We decided to printout the takbir on white ahead of time rather then try to make it out of tissue.  So just ignore the white tissue in the supplies photo since we did not use it.

 

Supplies

Contact paper
Tissue paper in red & black
Cutting mat
Green cardstock
Printout of takbir (2)
Ruler
Xacto
Hole punch
Scissors
Yarn

We started by laying out our cutting mat with the green cardstock and placing our ruler on the edge of our cardstock. We used the xacto to cut inside the rulers’ edge on all four sides of the paper, creating a frame.

While we had the cutting mat and xacto out, we used them to cut out takbir into a long strip that would fit across our frame.

I laid out the contact paper and my daughter used the grid on the back to cut two pieces that were slightly larger than our frame. We then worked as a team to peel the backing off the contact while laying our frame on top. The sticky part of the contact paper should be up.

My daughter laid one of the takbir in the middle of the contact paper. It’s okay if the edges go over, we’ll cut them later when both pieces are on.

We cut the red and black tissue paper in strips and then in random rectangle and triangle shapes.  Then my daughter laid the red shapes on top of the flag and the black tissue on the bottom.

Once the spaces are covered in tissue, she laid the second takbir on top and cut off the paper that over laps.

We peeled off the backing on the second piece of contact paper and laid it on top of the flag. Then my daughter cut off the excess contact paper around the green frame and punched two holes in the top two corners.

She used the scissors to cut off a piece of yarn and tied off each end on the frame.  Now her flag is ready to hang in the window, letting in sunlight and looking like stained glass. I think I would recommend using thicker cardstock on the takbir so that both sides don’t show through, but the reason we printed it twice is so you can read it inside and outside the house.

If you enjoyed learning about Iraq, one of the countries in the Arab League, visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to learn about the other counties. Please feel free to pin this to your board.

 

Personalized Arabic String Art Tutorial

I am so excited my brother is finally engaged. He has met and fallen in love with a Moroccan gal and proposed a few weeks ago. I am currently visiting him and decided to make him an engagement present using supplies he had around his home.

 

I used this previous tutorial, Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial, as inspiration to combine the first letter of his name with hers.

 

Supplies

Wood
White paint (not in photo)
2 shades of green paint
Paintbrush
Nails
Hammer
Pen
String
Wood flourishes
Petroleum jelly (not in photo)

Start by priming the wood with white.

Once the white is dry, paint two layers of the dark green paint.

While I had the green dark paint out, I also painted the corner wood flourishes.

Draw out the letters and cut them out. I decided to use an ampersand instead of the traditional Arabic ‘and’ ( و) because they will be living in the US after they are married, so I wanted to have both English and Arabic letters on their board.

Add petroleum jelly in a few spots. I had previously used this same technique to make an Eid Party Distressed Wooden Sign.  Then add two layers of the lighter green paint.

Use sandpaper to remove some of the light green from a few spots.

Once the letters are done, I placed them on the wood and started nailing. To help with spacing, I would put a nail down flat as measurement.

I tied off the string on the letter and outline it first.

Here is a close up of each letter.

And this is the final piece on his fireplace.

 

Be sure to stop by ACraftyArab on Pinterest to see more fun Arabic tutorials.

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