Mashallah Reminder Jar {Tutorial}

My daughter & I were inspired to make this mashAllah reminder jar, that looks a little like a minaret, by a new book I just received I say Mashallah, written by Noor H. Dee and illustrated by Iput from Kube Publishing.

This adorable little board book is perfect for little toddler hands to learn how to turn pages, while at the same time explaining what mashallah means.

The story follows Nabil, Noura and their dad on a camping adventure. After working together as a team to put up the tent, they sit down to enjoy the landscape.

Noura shares how beautiful she thinks the view is, and her father teachers her how to say ‘mashallah‘ to show appreciation for what Allah has willed.

There is a word page in the back, along with a couple of quizzes.

After I shared the book with my daughter, we were inspired to spend some time writing what we were appreciative of. This jar will keep all those things in one place and at the end of Ramadan, we will look at what we wrote down.


  • Tissue paper
  • Letter stickers
  • Command strip
  • Foam brush
  • Mod Podge
  • Hole punch
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Half dome foam shape
  • Recycled plastic jar

My daughter started to make our reminder jar by first adding a little Mod Podge to the top of the lid, then adding the foam shape. She did not add that much, as this is just a temporary hold while she added stripes of tissue paper across the top. To hold the tissue paper in place, she added Mod Podge to the lid edge. It is okay to leave an overhand, we will cut it off later. She continued to add more paper until the entire top was covered.

While the lid was drying, she started adding the letters down the side of the jar. Once the letters are on, it will be easier to know where to start and stop the tissue paper.

Once the letters were complete, my daughter added stripes of tissue paper to the jar.

To make the minerate look like it was made of bricks, my daughter cut smaller, shorter stripes. She then added them perpendicular to the other tissues, in random places.

Here is what it should look like once light shines though.

Once the lid was fully dry, my daughter used the scissors to cut off the excess paper from the edge.

Next, she added the ribbon to the jar tissue edges, to cover up the torn paper. She then also cut a smaller piece to attach to the top. She was sure to be very generous with the Mod Podge, making sure to get the ribbon soaked so the fibers attach.

The final step is to attach the pieces of paper to the jar by securing the command strip to the side, then punched a holes in the papers and adding them.

Now our mashallah reminder jar is ready for use. I am looking forward to seeing what is written at the end of the month!

If you would like to check out other ways to show gratitude, please visit

Alhamdulillah Zakat Basket {Tutorial}

Minaret Zakat Box {Tutorial}

Alhamdulillah Rocks {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to find more book review tutorials

North Africa Hamsa Canvas Bag {Tutorial}

We learned about gratitude today for part of our Ramadan crafts as my teen decorated this North Africa hamsa bag to send to her teacher.

This end of year gift will show my teen’s appreciation for all the hard work her teacher did adjusting to teaching with a pandemic and also be great to hold and help protect all her school supplies.

The hamsa (Arabic: خمسة‎ khamsah; Amazigh languages: ⵜⴰⴼⵓⵙⵜ tafust) is a palm-shaped amulet that originated from North Africa and commonly seen in jewelry and wall hangings.

Khamsah is an Arabic word that means “five”, and also specifically, “the five fingers of the hand”.

The hamsa is sometimes called the Hand of Fatima after the daughter of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

There are various theories as to the origins of the hamsa, one theory says there is a connection between the hamsa and the Mano Pantea (or Hand-of-the-All-Goddess), from ancient Egyptians. It was used to invoke the protective spirits of parents over their child.

Another theory traces the origins of the hamsa to Carthage (Phoenicia, modern Tunisia) where the hand was used to ward off the evil eye.

It has since migrated to other parts of the Middle East, not just as deflecting the evil eye, but also represents blessings, power and strength.


The first step is to tape down the stencil to the bag, after making sure it is positioned in the center.

Next my daughter used the paintbrush to fill the opening of the stencil with paint. The tip to making sure there is not too much bleeding, is to use an up and down motion, instead of strokes, to add the paint.

Your outline will look like this. Do not remove the stencil, we just removed it to show you this step, but try to keep your stencil as still, on the bag while you are working, as possible.

Next my daughter added a contrast color to the inside details of the stencil.

Once the details are added, my daughter took off the stencil to work on the bag directly.

The stencil is cut from the factory in such a way that keeps it all on one page, but after it is removed, my daughter needed to paint where the paper is connected.

Once the outline was complete, she went in and filled in the space with a third color.

We added a few layers, here it is drying between them. The paint has a copper shimmer to it that is so beautiful when the bag is seen live. This adds to the jewellery like effect we were going for.

If you enjoyed learning how to make this book bag, please stop by these

Arabic Fig Canvas Bag {Tutorial}

Arabic Dotted Initial Tote {Tutorial}

Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more tutorials that teach about the Arab world and Muslim culture.

Temporary Kaaba Centerpiece {Tutorial}

We crafted a Ramadan temporary Kaaba inspired centerpiece as a palpable reminder to be extra devotional for the sake of Allah during the holy month.

Muslims around the world are currently observing Ramadan in isolation and are praying to the direction of the Kaaba, remotely from their homes.

However, due to COVID19, images are being posted online of the Kaaba being empty during the quarantine lock-down.

Traditional, the months of Ramadan and Dhu al-Hijjah are the most visited to Saudi Arabia. These months hold the two biggest Eids of the year and are when Muslims perform their pilgrimage to the Kaaba, one of the five pillars that is required of them to do in their lifetimes.

This craft is temporary because Muslims believe it is never a good idea to make a permanent replica of the Kaaba, as it may lead to false narratives. However, if it is used for educational or short temporary purposes, it is permissible.

Once Ramadan is over, this craft is very easy to take apart & the supplies can be re-used for other purposes, so that no part of it is thrown away.


We had received this clear container with wrapped chocolate in it, so it was clean, but clean yours so that it is fresh and all the sides are totally clear. My daughter placed enough black crinkle cut paper to fill it about two thirds full. She made sure to pack it tight.

My daughter then added an inch of the gold crinkle cut paper, then added more black.

Now our temporary Kaaba inspired centerpiece is ready for the middle of our mantle for the duration of Ramadan, as part of our festive holiday decor.

To see more tutorials that teach about the Kaaba, visit

Kaaba Painted Bookbag {Tutorial}

Light Ray Kaaba Oil Resist {Tutorial}

Or stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more crafts that teach about Ramadan.