Personalized Pita Door Mat {Tutorial}

I made this personalized pita door mat to bring a bit of humor to Ramadan and COVID19 quarantine iftr* food deliveries.

I have seen similar ones online for different national fares, like pizza or tacos, or drinks like coffee.

Since our home has hummus, labneh, and sharmoula in the refrigerator 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and maybe some in the freezer too, what we seem to run out of most during our Ramadan suhoor* meals is pita bread.

Rather than expose our family to the grocery store, we have been having the pita bread come to us. To help our favorite local restaurants, we have been placing delivery orders online for our iftr dinner a few nights a week and asking for extra pita bread. This door mat is a good reminder to make sure the most important part of their delivery drop off is also included.

**Iftr and suhoor are the two major meals eaten by Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan. The suhoor meal is eaten before sunrise, while the iftr meal is eaten at sunset. No food or water is allowed to enter the body, during the day, between those meals. However, once the iftr meal is taken, you may eat and drink all you want until the suhoor meal is over, when a human eye can see the color difference between a white piece of thread and a black one.

I received some of these supplies as part of my role as Plaid Ambassador.

Supplies

I stared by taking out all the insides of the stencils of the letters I wanted. I laid them out on the mat to figure out how much space I would need.

I traced out and cut a few of the letters I would need twice. I will not be using these for the rest of the project, but it helps to take this extra step to get a visual of the overall placement.

Once I was happy with the look, I started with my larger letters, carefully placing the stencil over the cut out letter, removing the letter, then stencil the open space. It is better to load your brush with paint, next use an up and down motion, rather than use strokes, to get the paint in between the door mat fibers.

When it was time to work on the smaller letters, I found it helpful to tape down every other, so that they were lined up, then go back and stencil the letter that was in between. For example, here, I finished the Y and the U, let them dry, then came back to do the O.

I let my mat dry fully for 24 hours before I moved it. Don’t forget, there should be paint soaking all the way through, so even if the top appears dry, it may still need time to cure. Once outside, the color should last for six months, or longer with touch ups.

If you enjoyed making this pita door mat, stop by these other fun ways we have decorated our front door.

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Stop by A Crafty Arab to see more tutorials that teach about Ramadan.

Algeria Stitched Flag {Tutorial}

As part of our Ramadan crafts challenge today, we learned about the flag of Algeria and embroidered it’s central moon & star on a stitch blank of America.

Algeria ( Arabic: علم الجزائر‎, Amazigh languages: ⴰⵛⴻⵏⵢⴰⵍ ⵏ ⴷⵣⴰⵢⴻⵔ) is located in Africa. It is bordered to the northeast by Tunisia, to the east by Libya, to the southeast by Niger, to the southwest by Mali, Mauritania, and the Western Saharan territory, to the west by Morocco, and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea.

The national flag of Algeria is divided into two equal vertical sections, green and white, with a red crescent moon and star in the center. The The colors and emblems on the flag represent the religion of Islam, the nation’s prominent faith.

I received this stitch blank as my role as Plaid Ambassador. If you are unable to find one, create your own by drawing out an outline of America & adding stitch holes for the moon & star center.

Supplies

My youngest teen made this tutorial today and she rates it easy. She started by painting the east coast of America white and the west coast, green.

Then she figured a moon outline out and used the red embroidery thread to sew it on.

Once the crescent moon was complete, she started on the star.

After both were finished, she tied off the thread & cut off any extra. Now our Algerian flag has been painted and stitched and ready to be placed in a frame, hung on a wall, or added to a book shelf.

If you enjoyed learning about the flag of Algeria, make sure you enjoy some lasagna as well while checking out these other Arab countries.

Stop by A Crafty Arab to see more tutorials about the Arab world & Muslim culture.

Pour Painting Ramadan Calendar {Tutorial}

I made this Ramadan calendar for my kids to make the holy month more interactive with daily deeds and prizes to countdown each day.

The holders are made from Pringles cans and the wood frame was a piece that had an incorrect cut & was on it’s way to the garbage heap.

We have a lot of Pringles cans since the children have been home from school due to COVID19 and have not been taking them for school lunches.

I asked them to save the containers as they were the perfect size to hold something for all of them at once.

I started the project by painting the entire piece of wood one solid color.

Next, I laid out the Pringles cans to see how big my moon should be. I tied a string to a pencil, tied the other end to thumbtack that I placed on the board and drew a circle. I moved my thumbtack over slightly and drew a second circle.

I cut out a piece of plastic that was big enough to cover the crescent moon shape I had just drawn and used painters tape to seal it down. I also created a star shape with the plastic and tape.

Next, I picked four colors: light blue, dark blue, yellow and purple and mixed equal parts paint and pouring medium. At first, the pouring medium will come out white, but once mixed, it will take on the color of the paint.

I poured all four paints into one large cup and used that to pour everything at once onto the wood canvas.

I keep mixing more paint and medium combinations and added them until my entire piece was covered. Any part that was still not covered, I used the sticks I used to mix the paint to help move things around.

While that was drying, I finished up my Pringles by making sure all the cans were covered with blue cardstock paper.

I then used a hole punch to make circles that fit inside the lids, to write my Arabic numbers.

After the wood piece had been outside for a few hours, I took my Xacto knife and cut off the plastic and painters tape.

I touched up some uneven edges and then grabbed my hot glue gun to attach all the Pringles containers.

Once all the cans had been added, I snapped on the lids with the Arabic numbers, starting with 1 at the top and ending with 30 in the star.

Now my Ramadan countdown calendar is done and ready for the kids. Each day, after they complete their fasts, they will take turns in the evening opening them. Inside will be good deeds, candies and other small prizes I will be adding later tonight.

And for those that haven’t figured out where the incorrect cut is on the piece of wood, here is a close up of it. But with a little tape on the back and beautiful paint on the front, it is hardly noticeable!

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