Sun Printed Arabic Numbers {Tutorial}

Sun dried cards are a great summer craft to do if you have a lot of sunshine and a lazy afternoon. We tried making them with Arabic numbers.

Our sun printed Arabic numbers did not come out as well as we had hoped. We decided to do a set of sun printed cards with Arabic numbers to help us count down to Iftar

We spent the morning creating the craft, but when it came time in the evening to take and a photo of the final product to show you lovely readers, it was a flop.

It was very sad to see a craft that my daughter took the time to make, fail.But instead of just plucking it all in the garbage, I decided to just go ahead and post the craft anyway. 

Maybe someone out there can tell us what we did wrong and we can retry this later in the month. In the meantime, the cards are still in the sun, waiting patiently to be done and played with by little hands. And for those of you that are curious, yes, the sun is out in Seattle!


Lay a number on each square and count out the number of flowers that number represents.  Below is the number sab’a, which is Arabic for seven.

Continue to place out the numbers and cards until you have them all laid out. This is arba’a, four and khamsa, five.  Remember, Arabic is written right to left, so the arb’a is on the right.

Once we had them done, we moved them all to the window seat.  You’ll notice in the first photo that the ash’ra (ten) is missing.  It is because our stencil kit only came with one wahid (one).  If this project does work, we’ll make a new card for the ash’ra.

Due to various instructions we found, we were told to wait an hour.  I can concur that after five hours, there was nothing there.  We decided to leave them out as long as we can stand it and see if the sun does eventually print on the paper.

A close up of the second row.

We’ll leave them on our window sill for a few days and update this post if anything happens. Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more craft DIY tutorials.




I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.