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}

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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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Khatam Clay Coaster {Tutorial}

This DIY coaster tutorial is so easy and fun, my daughter has already asked to make more for teacher appreciation day.


We had air dry clay left over from the ladybugs we made last week and wanted to use it up before it hardened.


I had received this beautiful Barcelona stencil design from Plaid as a Plaid Ambassador and noticed the smaller sizes were perfect square size. Since a khatam, the Arabic word for 8 point star, is a simply two squares offset, we used the stencil to make coasters.



Air dry clay
Clay roller and knife
Square card stock
Mod Podge
Foam brush

We started by cutting off a section of the clay with our knife.

We spent about 5 minutes conditioning the clay. Twisting and turning it to make it soft and workable.

When it was ready, we rolled it out to about a quarter inch thickness.

We added the square card stock and marked where the corners were in one direction. Then we picked up the square, offset it and marked it again.

Once we had a general idea of where all the points are, we used the paper to guide the xacto cut into the clay.

The coaster is now ready to be set aside to dry for two days. We placed it on parchment paper and flipped it every 12 hours or so to avoid buldging. You can also use foil or a plate. We made four coasters total using the steps above.

Once all four were done, we used the stencil to add bright colors.

We waited a few hours for the paint to soak in and dry. Then we coated both sides (and edges!) with Mod Podge, which acts as a sealant to protect your clay. We did 3 coats total.

Here are all  four together. They are now in our living room, waiting for their first glass!

If you enjoyed making this khatam craft, please visit

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