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

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Kaab’a Paper Clip Bookmark {Tutorial}

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

RyaTie Moon Wall Hanging {Tutorial}

RyaTie is a new way to create fiber art for personalized wall or rug decor.


I was recently sent a RyaTie Starter Kit as part of my Plaid Ambassador role and decided to adjust the pattern to create a crescent moon and star design.


It was so simple to make, I actually had my 70 year old visiting aunt make it, with my 10 year old daughter helping.


I helped create the pattern with my daughter, using the one in the kit as inspiration, and also printing out a few design ideas from the Bucille website. I then showed my aunt how to use the wood tool. I occasionally stopped them to take a photo, but otherwise they were content to pompom the afternoon away.



RyaTie Starter Kit
Wood rod

The pompoms you will make will need to be tied off every four squares on the provided canvas mesh, so the first step is to mark those off with the sharpie.

Use the tool to make the pompoms by first cutting off four pieces of yarn the length of the tool, to make the ties.  Place two on top and two ties at the bottom of your tool and wrap your yarn 18 times in the notches. Slip the rubber bands in the vertical notches to help hold your yarn while you cut it off the spool.  Use the ties to wrap around the yarn bundles in the notched area.  (The photo below shows the bottom two pompoms tied off but the ties are still in place for the top two pompoms.) Once all four are tied, cut along the dotted lines on both sides.

Our wood tool makes four pompoms.  We used the ties to add them onto our mesh canvas where the Sharpie markings were placed.

Here is what the front of our canvas looked like once the pompoms were tied.

Continue to make pompoms and tie them on according to your pattern.

Once you complete one color, move on to the next.

My daughter wanted to use up all the colors in the kit, so we decided to add shadows to the back of the moon and around the star. To use two colors, instead of wrapping around 18 times, we only wrapped 9. This still gives us 18 pieces of yarn in each pompom to stay consistent.

Once the pattern was finished, the executive decision was made not to add the hanging yarn, similar to the one on the cover of the Starter Kit, but to use it instead to fill in more of the canvas.

Once the canvas was complete to the satisfaction of them both, in Arabic and English, I helped add the wood rod to the back by “hemming” the top edge over it.

I also hemmed in the other three sides to give it more of a finished look. My daughter then added a dap of glue to each tie to hold it in place. After the glue had dried, she cut off all excess yarn ties.

Now our collective work of art is ready for our guest room wall, to be enjoyed by my aunt for the rest of her visit with us.

Please be sure to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to enjoy more tutorials.





Basmala Beaded Square {Tutorial}

To begin our 7th Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge, we spent our day learning about the Basmala.


The Basmala is commonly known as the Islamic phrase b-ismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi written in Arabic as بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ . The translation of Basmala into English is: In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.


It is used by Muslims when they begin prayers, a project or many other situations. Basmala is also included in the constitutions of Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries world wide.


Arabic-speaking Christians sometimes use the name Basmala to refer to the Christian Trinitarian formula: In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. This is written in Arabic as  باسم الآب والابن والروح القدس and spoken as bismi-l-’ābi wa-l-ibni wa-r-rūḥi l-qudusi.


While we were looking at all the ways the Islamic Basmala was written online, my daughter saw one design that caught her eye.  She decided to use Perler beads to recreate the square.  Since we have used Perler beads to start our last two #CraftyRamadan challenges, we hope you have plenty of beads on hand for this calligraphy project.



Perler beads
Square pegboard (includes ironing papers)
Square shadow frame


Choose your colors, note that our Basmala will need three: one for the Arabic letters, one for the dots for those letters, and one for the background.  We went with yellow and purple, with red dots.  Start on one end and lay out your design on the pegboard. It’s okay if it takes you a little while to figure out your pattern. the great thing about these beads is you can move them around.

Once your beads are all in place, you’ll want to use the special paper that comes with them and iron for a few minutes.  Watch to make sure your beads don’t get too hot and start to over melt.  You should only need a few seconds.  Flip your square, place another ironing sheet (or remove your original if you only have one) and iron the second side.

That is it, your Basmala is done and ready to be placed into a square shadow frame.


If you enjoyed this Perler crafts, be sure to visit

Khatam Bead Coin Dish DIY {Tutorial}

Perler Crescent Moon {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more Ramadan crafts from our past challenges.