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.

2017 Ramadan Crafts Challenge Save The Date {Resource}

Ramadan 2017 / 1438 is just a few short days away.  And with it comes our 7th annual Crafty Ramadan 30 day Challenge.


30 days – 30 crafts.


We have been researching, experimenting and adjusting projects from our local library, in our kitchen and at the studio. We can’t wait to share them with you.


If you are new to Ramadan, Islam or the Arab world, we hope you learn something new.  If you are here to find entertainment for your kids, we hope they have fun expanding their world.


Please visit our 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Ramadan crafts.  Or follow A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see craft DIY tutorials, book lists and downloads we create all year long.




This post was part of Ramadan Blog Hop with some of my fellow MKB bloggers. Check out some more posts:
Ramadan for Kids 2016 | Multicultural Kid Blogs

Multicultural Kid Blogs is proud to be hosting its third annual Ramadan for Kids blog hop, where bloggers come together to share ideas for teaching kids about and honoring Ramadan. Don’t forget to check out our blog hops from last year and 2015. Be sure to follow our Ramadan board on Pinterest for even more ideas and link up your own posts below!

Participating Blogs

Pint Size Gourmets on Multicultural Kid Blogs
Family In Finland
Jeddah Mom
Middle Way Mom: All Things Ramadan
Sand in My Toes

Ramadan Kareem!





Mosque Golden Domes {Tutorial}

Recently Chronicle Books sent me the book Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan.
This beautifully illustrated children’s book showcases Islamic culture, through the eyes of a young girl, using colors.  We learn about the red of the prayer rug, the brown in dates, the yellow of the zakat box, and so on. There is also a glossary of terms which may be unfamiliar to little ears.


Our favorite part of the book was it’s use of large horizontal double page art, which spreads unbordered to the edges. This allowed us to lay the book flat and talk about all the images of food, holiday preparations and architecture we see.

We especially loved the page of the golden domes on the mosques and decided to try to recreate them. To be unusual, we decided to design them from the view of those birds flying in the sky, looking down.


This is a great STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Math) project because you need to use most of those resources to measure out the sizes of the domes.



Decorative 12×12 paper plus 8.5×11 white card stock
Lids of various sizes
Brown marker (optional)

Start by laying out your lids on the paper to see what you can fit. Play around with smaller lids. Mosques usually have one major dome, but sometimes several minarets and smaller domes. We went with one large dome and two smaller ones.

Cut your 12×12 paper into strips. Ours had glitter, diagonal images that left glitter all over my floor, so do this outside if your floor is not easy to sweep. We made some wider ones for the larger dome and smaller strips for the smaller domes.

Now you need to figure out long your paper strip needs to be to create a dome, turning your design from 2D to 3D. Start by folding over one end, you’ll need this later for the glue, and decide how high you want your dome to be off the paper.  Then fold the other end over, to leave another flap for the glue on the other side. Cut off any access paper.

Add glue to both flaps and place them down on the paper.

Keep adding paper, going around the sides of the dome. You’ll need to measure out each strip since each one will be different size as you build your dome up higher.

This is optional, but we decided to color the rooftop of our mosque brown.

And now our STEAM mosque domes were done and ready to be enjoyed at our dinning table tonight. My daughter will share her findings of how she created a 3D dome by measuring strips of flat paper.


If you enjoyed this mosque craft tutorial, please visit

Mosque Polymer Clay Cake {Tutorial}

Great Mosque of Cordoba {Printable}

Mosque Crepe Paper Banner {Tutorial}

If you enjoy reading a multicultural book and making a project on that book, please visit

Sandwich Swap Hummus {Recipe}

Persian Paisley Painting {Tutorial}

Mosque Pillow {Tutorial}

Or be sure to check out the list I’ve compiled of 99 Creative Mosque Projects.

A Crafty Arab on Pinterest has more DIY tutorials on Arab and Islamic children’s books.