Khatam Garden Rocks {Tutorial}

We have a few families coming over this week so I created a kids area for them to paint these metallic khatam garden rocks.

Khatam is the Arabic word for eight point stars.

I had seen a similar craft with letters in an old craft book from years ago but now can’t find the original source. I do remember being mesmerized by the gold paint that was used. At the time, the only options to create such a rock gem would have been use to use gold leaf. Now, crafters have the easy use of craft paint that is in metallic colors, like the paints I recently received as a Plaid Ambassador.

To make the gathering go smoothly, I’ve written out the instructions before hand and will leave all the supplies. It will be exciting to see what develops over a day of crafting.

Supplies

We washed & dried our rock before we got started. After we made sure it was thoroughly dry, my daughter cut out two square pieces of painters tape. She placed both, offsetting one to created an eight point star, on the rock. She then drew out the design in pencil before removing the tape.

My daughter used the paintbrush to add three coats of the metallic paint.

Here is what the final khatam garden rock looks like.

It will be fun to see the different sizes that kids will create. I also plan on leaving out blue & white paints to create Nazar rocks.

Stop by these other fun tutorials on how to craft with nature:

Alhamdulillah Rocks {Tutorial}

Arab World Rocks {Tutorial}

Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more craft tutorials.

Recycled Oui Tea Lights {Tutorial}

My daughter and I recycled our Oui yogurt glass pots into tea lights for our Ramadan craft today. We plan on putting them in the back yard this summer for outdoor parties.

If you decide to make this, post it using the tag #CraftyRamadan and #PlaidRamadan to be entered into our $50 giveaway!

Supplies

  • Frosted glass paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Blue tape
  • Oui yogurt glass pot
  • Scissors

Start by cutting the blue tape into small squares.

Place the square on the glass pot, then add another but offset it to make a star. This eight points star is called a khatam in Arabic.

Continue to add more khatams all the way around the glass pot.

Add a thin line of blue tape to the top and paint the entire glass pot.

We placed our pot in the sun for a few hours and once it was dry, we used the tip of the scissors to peel off the blue tape.

Now all we need is a LED light inside for our khatam star design to shine through. Never leave a light unattended and be careful with small children and pets when you have a light on.

Make a few more and play around with the khatam shapes this time.

If you enjoyed making this recycled craft, be sure to stop by these others

Recycled Tyvek Gift Bag {Tutorial}

Recycled K-cup Fez Treat {Tutorial}

Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see ever more fun tutorials

Eid Gallery Glass Cheese Tray {Tutorial}

To display our stuffed dates from yesterday, we dressed up our cheese glass tray, with Plaid Crafts Gallery Glass, to put them on for the Eid party next week.

Eid Al Fitr is the celebration that occurs at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

We are very lucky to own a cheese platter that is made from glass because we were able to use the left over gallery glass from our Allah suncatcher. Be sure to go to the bottom of the post to see the extra crafting surprise!

If you decide to make this, post it using the tag #CraftyRamadan and #PlaidRamadan to be entered into our $50 giveaway!

Supplies

  • Glass cheese platter
  • Eid and lantern template
  • Gallery Glass – blue, green and yellow
  • Liquid Lead
  • Blue painters tape

The first step is to tape the word Eid and lanterns to the top side of the cheese tray.

The next step is flip the tray over, outline the word Eid and lanterns with the liquid lead, wait overnight for it to harden, then fill in with color.

That is all there is to it. To make the colors blur into each other like in the letter I, just use a toothpick after filling in both colors to blend them together.

We hope to cover the tray with our stuffed dates, then as everyone eats them the letters and lanterns will be revealed.

For an extra crafting surprise, we discovered that we could take the letters and lanterns from the tray and put them on our window until the party!

Be sure to stop by other tutorials that use gallery glass

Gallery Glass Zakat Minaret {Tutorial}

Moon and Star Gallery Glass {Tutorial}

Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see see more crafts that decorate for Eid.