Kaab’a Origami Bookmark {Tutorial}

The Holy Kaab’a, enclosed in one of the most sacred mosques in the world, has been on our mind lately because we have a family friend who is performing her hajj right now*. Hajj is the pilgrimage that every Muslim is required to make once in their lifetime to the Kaab’a.


Once she returns from hajj, we will add a Hajjah to the front of her name, similar to someone getting married and going from Miss to Mrs, in European culture. (A man would have Hajj added to his name also)


This is a sign of respect and is only earned by someone who has made the voyage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia to perform the tawaf.  This is one of the rituals of the hajj, walking around the Kaab’a seven times, in a counterclockwise direction.


Since we are pretty sure the Kaab’a gum wrapper we had made her has long been recycled, we thought we would give her a daily reminder of her voyage. We made this Kaab’a bookmark she can add to her Quran, the Muslim holy book.



Double sided tape
Origami paper in black and yellow

We started by folding our black origami paper into a triangle.

Then we placed the lower left point on top of the top point and made a fold.

We did the same on the other side.

We then unfolded the two points and took only one of the top points and folded it straight down.

The final step in the bookmark fold is to tuck the left and right points that we had folded earlier into the new fold we had just created.

We set aside our bookmark and cut off a strip from the yellow origami paper.

We placed double sided tape on the back of the yellow origami paper and added it to the front of our bookmark.

Place it one third of the way down on the Kaab’a to slightly represent the gold-embroidered Quranic text that is on the kiswah, the embroidered black velvet covering. Turn your bookmark over and cut off any access yellow paper.

Now your bookmark is done and this is what the front will look like once the yellow is trimmed.

The bookmark tucks into the corner of any page, or it can accommodate several pages together if she’d like to save an entire sura, the Arabic word for a chapter in the Quran.

Plus I have to say I love the bonus that the bookmark is away from the book spine, not causing any added strain to her Quran.

If you’d like to learn more about the Kaab’a, please visit

Kaab’a Paper Clip Bookmark {Tutorial}

Light Ray Kaab’a Oil Resist {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see more tutorials that teach about the Arab world.


*(May Allah accept her pilgrimage and forgive her sins).



Kaab’a Cardboard Tube Party Favor {Tutorial}

The Kaab’a party favor we made today is actually a combination of two past tutorials we’ve made here on the blog.


When we were making the khatam gift wrap, I noticed the square shape. Last week when I put together the tutorial for the Kaab’a gum party favor, the light bulb went off to turn the square shape tubes into cube party favors the kids can make.


The Holy Kaa’ba (Arabic: ٱلْكَعْبَة‎‎ al-kaʿbah, “The Cube”, also referred as al-ka`bah al-musharrafah), is a building at the center of Islam’s most sacred mosque, the Al-Masjid Al-Haram (Arabic: الـمَـسـجِـد الـحَـرَام‎‎, The Sacred Mosque), in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.


One of the Five Pillars of Islam requires every Muslim who is able to do so to perform the hajj pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. Multiple parts of the hajj require pilgrims to make tawaf, the circumambulation seven times around the Kaab’a in a counter-clockwise direction.



Hot glue gun
Gold glitter pipe cleaner
Cardboard tube
Black card stock

We used a paper towel roll, which will give two party favors. You will need to fold it in half to find the center point.

Cut the cardboard tube on the fold.

Fold each section in half again to create the four corners of the cube.

Use the scissors to cut along two of the sides.

Fold over the cardboard tab you created, making sure it touches across so your cube will close.

Once it’s okay, cut off the other three sides.

Do the other side of your tube and now our cardboard should now look like this.

Use the hot glue to seal up the three sides of the bottom of the cube.

Once the glue is set, cut out the black card stock to size and glue it on your cube.

Wrap the gold pipe cleaner around the cube and use the hot glue to keep it in place.

Add the treats to the cube and fold over the top. We decided not to glue the top so the kids would not tear it but simply open it.

Stop by ACraftyArab on Youtube to check out the video and to create more crafts to learn about the Kaab’a, visit

Light Ray Kaab’a Oil Resist {Tutorial}

Kaab’a Paper Clip Bookmark {Tutorial}

Or visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more tutorials that teach about the Arab world.








Kaab’a Gum Party Favor {Tutorial}

Eid Al Adha will occur on September 2, 2017 and we are getting ready with these Kaab’a gum party favors.


Eid Al Adha is celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God’s command. It falls on the 10th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic callendar.


Dhu al-Hijjah means The Month of the Pilgrimage in Arabic and during this month Muslim pilgrims from all around the world congregate at Mecca to visit the Kaab’a, the most sacred site in Islam, located in Saudi Arabia.


I made one of these gum favors to give to a friend on her way to hajj last year. Gum helps with plane takeoffs and landings and I thought she could use it while traveling.


This year we are making them for an Eid party our community is having. They were so easy to make and took hardly any time at all. To be honest, what took longer was driving all over town, buying up all the Eclipse gum!


Black card stock

Cut your black card stock the same height of the gum wrapper but long enough to wrap around. Add glue to the paper and fold over to seal the gum inside. Set the gum, glue side down for a few minutes, so the glue can set.

Cut your ribbon and wrap it around the gum, also gluing it down and letting it sit for a few minutes.

That is all, so easy and took no time at all.  Once you open the gum, simply throw away the ribbon and recycle the paper so that it is deposed of in a respectful manner.


Stop by other Kaab’a tutorials to learn more about Hajj

Light Ray Kaab’a Oil Resist {Tutorial} Guest Blog

Kaab’a Paper Clip Bookmark {Tutorial}

Or visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to check out other DIY crafts.