Ramadan Chalkboard String Art {Tutorial}

One of the ways to let children know that Ramadan is not like any other month in the Islamic calendar is to decorate.  For our Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge today, we did just that with a chalkboard sign that includes sting art of the moon, in a few of it’s lunar phases.

 

When I was coming up with the idea for the chalkboard sign, I used the inspiration of the Arabic String Wedding Decor for my brother last year to create the moon artwork below.

 

I have to admit I was nervous about having to write out the word Ramadan, so you can imagine my excitement when I got this Lily & Val stencils from Plaid Online as my role as Plaid Ambassador. The letters are bold, easy to read and fit very well in the banner design.  These are the other supplies you’ll need to make your own sign.

 

Supplies

Wood
Nails
Hammer
Chalk
String
Foam brush
Chalkboard paint
Liquid chalk
Stencil

Start by painting the wood with two coats of the chalkboard paint.

Before the chalkboard can be used, it needs to be conditioned. To do this, take a piece of chalk and rub it over the entire area.

Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe it all off with a wet paper towel.

Next, lay out the stencils and use the liquid chalk to apply the desired design.

Once the banner stencil is done, use a circle template and chalk to trace out the shape in the middle, balanced under the banner. Fold the paper over in half for the moons on either side and only do the outer edge for the moons on the end.

Tip: Use the pliers to hold the nails in place as they are hammered in.

Once all the nails are done, wipe off the chalk templates.

Tie the sting on one of the nails and outline the moon before filling it in.

Finish each moon, tie off  the sting and go on to the next.

Add more stencils if you want.

I had originally thought to use this board for suhoor and iftar time listings each day, but didn’t like how that turned out, so added the flowers. The wonderful feature of the liquid chalk is that it is removable with a wet cloth but will not wipe off from fingers (unlike the chalk).  If I do decided to give it a go again later, the flowers are easy to remove.

 

To see other Ramadan decorations we have made, be sure to visit

Accordion Ramadan Decor {Tutorial}

Ramadan Moon & Star Paper Plate Decor {Tutorial}

 

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more DIY crafty ideas

2018 Ramadan Crafts 30 Day Challenge {Resource}

Tomorrow marks the start of our 8th annual 30 day Ramadan crafts challenge.

 

Ramadan is a holy month in the Islamic calendar when able Muslims around the world fast between sunrise to sunset. No food, no water, nothing can enter their body. In the most simplest of explanations for children to understand: it is to make them appreciate what they have and to donate to the less fortunate at the end of the month.

 

For our annual #CraftyRamadan challenge, we will once again be sharing 30 activities, tutorials and downloads that teach about Ramadan, Muslims, the Arab world, and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.

 

From the beginning, my 3 daughters and I have spent the holy month of Ramadan creating projects to talk about their connection to the 1.75 billion Muslims around the world.   I wanted to show them they were part of a larger Ummah, a word meaning community in Arabic,  أمة‎. Some posts may not teach anything but offer a fun toy or game to help children pass the time.

 

Our annual tradition started in 2011, and continued in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

 

As an teaching artist, I had the resources to teach them art in my studio, a subject they were heavily missing in their school system.  As a Muslim, I wanted to make sure they were always reading and learning, as asked of us in the Quran, or holy book. As an Arab mother, I wanted to spend time with them individually talking about my childhood memories of spending Ramadan with family, growing up in Libya.

 

This year, I am adding a Plaid Online contest for a chance to win $50 worth of Mod Podge accessories, as part of my role as Plaid Ambassador.  Please stop by A Crafty Arab on Facebook to enter to win:

8 OZ. Mod Podge GLOSS
8 OZ. Mod Podge Matte
8 Oz. Dishwasher Safe Gloss
Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium 2 Oz. Carded
Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat
Mod Podge 7 Piece Tool Kit
Mod Podge 4pc Sponcer Set
Mod Podge 4pc Foam Brush Set

 

May the spirit of Ramadan brighten your world and show you the way to harmony, joy and peace, In’shallah (God willing in Arabic).

 

 

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see more of our fun crafts DIY tutorials.

Iqra Painted Bookmark Tutorial

The first command Allah gave Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), was to read which is iqra (اقرأ) in Arabic.

Today we wanted to honor that word by making a bookmark for the books in our lives.

Iqra Painted Bookmark Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Supplies
White printed paper with اقرأ typed up
Newspaper
Acrylic paint
Paint holder
Sponge brush
String

Iqra Painted Bookmark Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Lay down your newspapers to cover your workspace. Cut some notches in your cardboard.

Iqra Painted Bookmark Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Tie off your string and put the tied end underneath the notch.

Iqra Painted Bookmark Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Pour some paint into the paint container and dip your brush to coat your string.

Iqra Painted Bookmark Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Place your string down on your bookmark.

Iqra Painted Bookmark Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Use different colors and move your string around the different notches to try to keep your bookmark in the same location. You’ll have a mess on your hands!

Iqra Painted Bookmark Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

You can laminate your bookmark or we actually had an empty plastic cover that we put our completed bookmark into when we were done.

Iqra Painted Bookmark Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

I need to apologize because it wasn’t until after I typed up the directions for this craft that I realized I had spelt iqra incorrectly on the Word doc! I should have a ta marbuta on the last alif to look like this: اقرأ.

Ah well, guess we now have to get messy again.

Iqra Painted Bookmark Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

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