Libyan Flag Egg Carton {Tutorial}

ACraftyArab Libyan Flag Egg CartonWe eat a lot of eggs for suhoor during Ramadan. They are easy to make and there are so many different vegetables you can add to them to make a meal.

 

This means we collect a lot of egg cartons this month, so today we used one to make a Libyan flag craft.

 

Be sure to stop by the Multicultural Kid Blogs post on Libya today to learn something new about this beautiful country.

 

My youngest made the craft today as part of our 30 day #CraftyRamadan challenge and she rated it as easy.

Supplies

12 egg carton container
Red, black, green acrylic paint
Paintbrush
Ribbon
Crescent moon and star wood pieces
Glue (not in photo)

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First she painted  all the “valleys” on the carton the colors of the flag. She started with red at the fold of the carton, black in the middle and green at the edge where the two sides come together. This is to help her keep track of which colors go where. After her valleys were marked, she painted in between them the corresponding colors.

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She let her paint dry and then placed a ribbon inside the carton. She closed the carton and tie the ends together so that she can hang her flag later.

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Lastly she glued on the crescent moon and star. We have a set of these made of wood, but you can make yours out of paper.

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Enjoy more crafts about other Arab League countries. Or visit Eid in an Eggshell for another way to use up your suhoor egg leftovers.

 

Be sure to check out other guest posts I’ve written on Multicultural Kids Blog:
Mawlid Al Nabi Good Deeds Centerpiece
Islamic Daily Salat (Prayer) Chart Tutorial

 

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more Arab world DIY craft tutorials.

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Ramadan Themed Designer Shirts Tutorial {Guest Post}

WordsnNeedles Ramadan Themed Designer Shirts

Aysh Siddiqua is guest blogging today. She is here from her own blog, Words N Needles. Please stop by and say hi.  We are very excited she is sharing her Ramadan Themed Designer Shirts Tutorial.

 

We are taking the day off from crafting to clean in prepartion for Eid Al Fitr, the holiday to end Ramadan, next week.  We are grateful for Ayesha for stopping by and taking part of our 30 days of #CraftyRamadan challenge.

 

Enjoy.

There is something so cool about wearing your own painting. This Ramadan, one of our art activities was to make our own designer shirts.

I let my children choose their own shirts to paint. They were asked to fetch one plain shirt that they would like to paint on. We were going to create art and wear it!

Next, we drew and cut out star shapes on a piece of paper. These paper cut outs were then taped on to the shirt. To protect the other side from accidentally absorbing the color, we slipped a cardboard inside the shirt. Next came the fun part: painting!

I let them choose a color that would pop out and contrast their garment. It was fun deciding what to use. One of them wanted to use a lot of color, the other wanted just one. The youngest (aged 2.5 years) only wanted to paint; it didn’t matter to her what she painted.

I had to remind them to be careful in not using much water because we wanted the colors to be darker and not blend into the fabric. Also we didn’t want the water seeping under the paper.

The end result was really cool. It isn’t perfect but it is really amazing. They were able to create their own t-shirts with star prints across them.

As it is, the painted stars look bland so we jazzed them up by using gel pens. We outlined the stars and filled them up in matching color to make the stars look neater. I wrote the word ‘salaam’ under them with the same gel pens. (‘Salaam’ means peace.)

You can vary this activity to use names, words or patterns too but since two of my children are very young, I wanted it to be as simple as possible.

Here is what you need for this activity and how to go about it:

What you need:
1. Tshirt in plain light colors
2. Hard cardboard as an insert
3. Card to draw shapes on
4. Scissors
5. Painters tape
6. Fabric paints
7. Paint brushes in various sizes
8. Gel pens that are suitable for fabric

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Instructions:
1. Prepare the shirt by inserting the hard cardboard inside it.
2. Draw shapes on the card and cut it out.

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3. Stick these pieces on the shirt using painters tape.

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4. Choose dark colors and paint around the taped shapes.
5. Once the paint is dry, use matching gel paints to fix any untidiness.
6. Use gold or silver colored gel pen to outline the shapes and write any word, name or phrase.
7. Let the shirts dry for 24 hours or follow the instructions that came with the fabric paint.
8. Your designer shirts are ready to wear!

Tip: Got dirty paint marks on the shirt? Don’t worry. Use makeup wipes to rub it off while still wet.

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I hope you enjoy this activity with your children. Wishing you a blessed Ramadan.

 

Thank you again to Aysh for sharing with us today. For more designer shirts, check out:

Tunisian Flag Bleach Tshirt
Arabesque Sandpaper Shirt
Palestine In My Heart T-shirt Tutorial
Henna Stencil Tshirt

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Alhamdulillah Rocks {Tutorial}

ACraftyArab Alhamdulillah Rocks

Alhamdulillah is an Arabic phrase meaning “Praise be to God”. It is frequently used by Muslims everywhere, and some Arabic-speaking Christians and Jews.  It is the equivalent of Hallelujah.

 

Arabs and Muslims say Alhamdulillah when they need to use a praise that includes within it a greater shukr (Arabic for gratitude) for what they believe God has ordained.

 

With Eid Al Fitr, the holiday to celebrate the end of Ramadan, less then one week away, we thought we would use today to count our blessings.

 

My youngest cut out different things she were thankful for and sealed them in a pretty rock to put in her bedroom window sill. This way when she wakes in the morning for suhoor, Arabic for predawn meal, these last few nights, she’ll see the rock on her way to the kitchen.

 

My youngest did the craft today as part of our 30 day Crafty Ramadan challenge and she felt it was super easy.

Supplies
Garden rock
Magazine
Acrylicpaint
2 foam brushes
Mod Podge
Scissors
Sharpie

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I found this rock in our garden and brought it inside to hand wash. I left it out in the sun to dry and then my daughter painted it green.  We put it back out in the sun so the paint would set.

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I helped her write Alhamdillalah on the rock since she can’t write that small yet. I drew it out for her in pencil first so she can trace it with the Sharpie.

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My daughter then spent a few hours going through a magazine and cutting out things she was grateful for in her life.

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Once she had gathered all the words, she place a little bit of Mod Podge on the rock and added her word. She then sealed her word by adding another coat of Mod Podge.

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If she decides later, she can add more words as there is still plenty of room in the back.

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It was fun for me to see what she had cut out on her own. She did the basic items in life, but took the time to find whimsicaly things like cheesecake.

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What would you put on your rock?

 

For more fun painted rocks, check out Eid Rocks. Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab Pinterest page for more #CraftyRamadan tutorials.

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