Khatam Painted Cube {Tutorial}

Khatam is the Arabic word for eight point star. The shape is seen a lot in Arab and Islamic architecture and design.


I love using the khatam to teach children about Arab art because it’s such an easy shape to make. It is basically two square that are offset from each other, making the eight points of the star.


Other designs can be made inside the star, once lines are drawn in. My daughter and I decided to use one we found online to make a candle holder out of CD cases.

The Gallery Glass paint we used was sent to me as a Plaid Ambassador. I recieve products to try in my tutorials.  This allows me the ability to share tips like: don’t shake the glass paint/lead bottles as this will cause bubbles.   Try to keep the flow of paint at a steady stream. However, if you do end up with bubbles, don’t panic, just keep a sewing pin close by, to burst them.


Even though we applied electrical tape to our cube and have an electric candle, please be careful with this decor and provide adult supervision around children.



Gallery Glass Liquid Leading
Electric tape
Gallery Glass paint in green, blue, red plus clear
Khatam design from the internet
4 empty CD cases

We started by making sure our papers fit into the clear slots of the CD cases, first cutting down the Khatam design.

Then we cut down the vellum to fit into the other three clear CD cases.

Once we all the sizes done, we set the paper aside and took apart all 4 CD cases, breaking off the black tabs from only one. This will become the bottom of our cube.

Next we used the electrical tape to attached three of the clear CD cases to each other.

We attached the three clear sides to the black bottom to create our cube. Finally we added our vellum paper into the open slots.

Before we attached our final side, we laid it flat with the khatam paper design inside.  We used the liquid lead paint to outlined our black lines.

It was easier to do the lines with the CD cover separate from the cube to be able to turn it around constantly. Take your time making the lines, practicing on a paper towel first.Once we were done with the outline, we let the case sit for 24 hours for the liquid lead paint to harden.  The next day we attached our final side to our cube with electrical tape.

Next we laid the cube with the khatam up and started to fill in the design. It’s okay if the paint goes over the lines, you can wipe off any excess with a paper towel.

After we had colored the inside, we filled the entire outside with the clear glass paint.

Before we put away the bottle, we used the tip to add lines to create texture in the design.

Once our cube had dried for 24 hours, we added an electric candle.

We think the clear came out so fantastic, looking like real stained glass!

If you enjoyed making this khatam craft, stop by these other easy DIY tutorials

Origami Khatam {Tutorial}

Khatam Gift Wrap {Tutorial}

Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to learn more about the Arab world.

Stamped Mosaic Shoes {Tutorial}

My daughter was so excited to receive a new pair of shoes recently.  She had been pining for these purple Converse shoes for some time and once she got them, she wanted to personalize them right away.


As a Plaid Ambassador, I am able to try new products from Plaid.  They came out with a line of fabric stamps that bring to mind the old hand carved wood block stamps from India. I received this Baroque stamp with eight points on it. In Arabic an eight point star is called a khatam, and this khatam was quite beautiful with floral designs intertwined inside.


My daughter decided to use it as a mosaic tile pattern on her new shoes.  Check out how she did it.



Canvas shoes
Wood block stamp
Fabric paint
Blue tape

To get her shoes ready to stamp, my daughter first took off the laces and placed tape around the white areas.

Starting with the lighter color, she stamped the shoe, measuring a space between for the next color.

Once the green was done, the stamp was very easy to clean. We let it dry for a few hours. Then my daughter used the purple paint.


My daughter was able to wipe off the fabric paint on the metal grommets with a wet paper towel. She then set the shoes aside to fully dry overnight.

Here they are, dry and ready to show off at school.

She is in love with them and already talking about doing the same design on her jacket to match.

To have more fun decorating your clothes and making them personalized, please visit these tutorials

Arabesque Sandpaper Shirt {Tutorial}

Ramadan Designer Shirts {Tutorial} – Guest Post

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see other DIY crafts to make.


Ikea Frame Makeover {Tutorial}

We love using the red Ikea frames but wanted to dress them up a little.


Imagine how excited we were to get samples of the new Plaid Mod Melts. Here was the perfect to solution to upscale our frames, with very little money and endless possibilities.


I received the kit as my role as a Plaid Ambassador, which included the new high intensity glue gun. I would recommend you really watch this gun around small children. It gets hot very fast, much hotter then a normal glue gun. The new wider safety grips are excellent for little hands but turn off the gun every once in awhile to cool it down.


We used the mod melts that came work with the gun. There are a variety of colors to pick from, including glitter. We can’t wait to use that on a future project. Maybe even another frame, without the paint!


Ikea frame
Glue gun
Melt molds- gems and flowers
Gold paint
Mod melts

We were sent different molds to try and my daughter picked out two that she felt were best, the pearl ribbon and the rose with leaves. She picked the red mod melt to match the frame.

The great things about the molds is that they took a very short time to set, about 10 minutes. So while the pearls were getting harder, she worked on the roses and leaves.

Measure and play around with placement before making everything permanent. Once my daughter had everything on, she did have to make a few more single pearls for the corners.

When she had enough pearls to go around the inside of the frame, plus roses for each corner, she placed a little mod melt on the frame to hold them in place.

She let the frame set for a few hours and then painted it gold.

She added another coat once that one had dried. Here is the final product.

If you are picky, you can go in and add more gold to the spots of red, but I told my daughter I liked hers like that, it still hinted at it’s original color and gives it an antiqued look.


To check out other frames we have made, visit

DIY Table Frame Eid Decor {Tutorial}

Eid Craft Stick Frame {Tutorial}

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