Eid Glitterific Decor {Tutorial}

Eid decor

Now that Eid AlFitar is only eight days away, and Ramadan is coming to a close, we made this glitterific decor to get our home ready for a celebration.

This Ramadan has been difficult, as we have not being able to share it with family or friends due to the COVID19.

Taking a little extra time to decorate our home for the holiday will not only cheer up our home, but also allow us to spend some time together being creative.

After, we will share our art work with our family in a virtual call, making them feel as if they were in our living room, enjoying the decor in real time.

Two of my daughters helped with today’s craft, not because it was difficult, just becuase they found out that they really enjoyed spending time together.

Supplies

We started to paint the letters with the glitterific paint, but soon realized the letters needed a base color first. So we also added these colors to all four wood pieces: Bright Pink to the E and it’s frame, Lime Green to the I and ti’s frame, Perfect Purple to the D and it’s frame and Cloudless to the moon/star and it’s wood square.

After those colors had dried, my daughter added Glitterific to all the letters and the moon/star shapes.

Each of the frames, and the wood square, received a coat of the ColorShift paint.

We set everything out in the sunshine to dry for a few hours, then we glued the moon and star shapes to the wood square.

It is very difficult to capture on camera how fun and dimensional the paint makes the decor. The ColorShift paint looks like it is shimmering, while the glitter sparkles in the sunlight.

Our decor is ready for our mantle, and our next weekly family virtual call.

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Eid decor

Gallery Glass Persian Suncatcher {Tutorial}

We crafted this Gallery Glass Persian suncatcher, inspired by a 12 pointed star shaped tile from the city of Khargird in northeastern Iran.

We got the idea from a follower on Twitter, who had commented after our Nesting Khatam Mobile {Tutorial} auto posted, that it reminded them of this tile that is now housed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

My daughter and I spent the afternoon looking at various 12 pointed star shapes before deciding we were going to try to make our own into a suncatcher.

Supplies

The Gallery Glass bottles have a very big opening for the pour, so I purchased these bottles with a very small opening. This helps to make the lead lines thinner.

We placed some of the lead into the smaller bottle and then took a little time to practice drawing lines with the new tip.

My daughter placed the 12 point tile printout inside the pocket folder. I added some blue tape to hold it down inside a picture frame, but this is optional. I thought it would help my daughter keep the piece flat, while giving her the ability to turn it.

Now my daughter started to outline the suncatcher with the lead, then filling in the space with colors after. If a bubble occurred while she was working, she used the needle that came with the small bottle to pop it.

After the entire suncatcher was finished, my daughter set it in the sunshine for a few hours. She waited for the colors to change their tone, as you can see from the blue below. She then added a second layer.

We set the suncatcher on a flat surface to dry for a few hours, then slowly peeled it off the pocket folder.

Our beautiful suncatcher, inspired by a star‑shaped tile with interlaced design that once graced the walls of the west iwan (vault) of the Madrasa al‑Ghiyathiyya, a religious school completed in 846/1442–43 in the city of Khargird in northeastern Iran, is now done and ready for our window.

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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.

Supplies

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.

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