Mr. Galabeya Eid Card Tutorial

The galabeya ( جلابية‎ ) or jalabiya  is a traditional Egyptian garment native to the Nile Valley.  At the Startalk Language Camp I taught at last week, we created this Mr. Galabeya cards to use as thank you cards for the parents. 

When I showed my daughter these cards, she of course wanted to make them to give out to family as Eid Mubarak cards.  So what better way to start our 2013 30 Day Ramadan Craft Challenge then with a craft that my daughter picked!

Mr. Galabeya Card Tutorial

Supplies
Pencil
Scissors
Red 1 1/2 by 1 1/2 inch cardstock
Grey 2 x 2 inch cardstock
Patterned 2 1/2 x 3 inch cardstock
Glue stick
Sharpie
3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch card

Draw out the patterns below on each of the three cardstocks.  I helped my six year old with the biggest shape, but she was able to do the other two shapes herself.

In fact, she wanted to make sure that you saw that she created the shapes herself and wanted me to take extra photos of that. 🙂

Then you’ll need to cut out all three shapes.

Now lay out your card flat and start gluing down the shapes.  Remember that Arabic cards open in the opposite direction then English cards, so you’ll need to glue down Mr. Galabeya to the left side of the card.

For the eyes, you’ll want to take the Sharpie and drawn on two dots.

Mr. Galabeya’s mustache is made from drawing two Arabic sideways fours (٤) on top of each other and then color in the space between.

For the top of Mr. Galabeya’s fez hat, first draw a circle at the top of the hat with the Sharpie.  Then you’ll need a line going down on the side of the fez.  Add a few more smaller lines to look like a tassel.

Your Mr. Galabeya card is done and ready to give out as a Eid Mubarak card to all your friends and family!