Eid Table Frame Decor {Tutorial}

I came up with this idea for an Eid Scrabble frame while enjoying a much needed break recently and had headed to Pinterest for some fun.  While there, I came across an adorable Christmas frame project and wanted to try it for Eid.

This is what I came up with and I thought you might enjoy the tutorial so that you can make your own.

I had all the supplies on hand, so I was able to just whip up the entire project in less then 10 minutes.  It might be fun to revisit this project with my daughters, but with different letters, for our 2014 – 30 Day Ramadan Crafty Challenge.


Gold frame
Patterned card stock paper
Scrabble tiles

My frame was a 5×5 frame, so I cut my cardstock to fit inside and glued my letters to the outside.  Wal’lah, it’s that easy.

Tip: I just used regular Elmer’s glue because I want to reuse my frame/glass for later.  If you want your letters to stick on there very well, you’ll want to use a hot glue gun or E6000.

If you want to change the color, just spray paint or decoupage your frame.  The possibilities are endless.

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more Eid decorations.






Alif Mabrouk to Oscar nominated Omar’s Square Wall! {Resource}

Okay, so I’m making a little play on words of the three movies representing the Arab world at the Oscars, but I’m actually quite besides myself with the news.

Can you imagine my joy at seeing not one, not two, but three films on the short list of Oscar nominations today that actually show people that look like me on the screen?

For many that know me, I love movies.  If you’d like to see what Arab movies I recommend, please visit my Arab movies I ♥ board on Pinterest. 

I see, on average, about ten movies a week.  This week I’ve watched Soap Dish, Harold, Saving Mr. Banks, Cake, August: Osage County and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Tara Road already.  And it’s only Thursday. 

I love to go to the theater, and I always have a movie going while I’m making art in my studio.  It inspires me to think about all that people that had to work together to get that one scene on the screen.

I look forward to watching these movies and adding them to my board.  I also can’t wait to see them win on Oscar night, so alif mabrouk (1,000 congratulations) to the nominees!

Here is a little more detail about the movies:

Karama Has No Walls
Director: Sara Ishaq

‘Karama has no walls’ is set amidst Yemen’s 2011 uprising. The film illustrates the nature of the Yemeni revolution in stark contrast to the gross violations of human rights that took place on Friday, March 18th 2011. Juma’at El-Karama (Friday of Dignity) marks a turning point in the Yemeni revolution as the tragic events that took place on this day -when pro-government snipers shot dead 53 protestors – shook the nation and propelled hundreds of thousands more to flock to the square in solidarity with their fellow citizens. Through the lenses of two cameramen and the accounts of two fathers, the film retells the story of the people behind the statistics and news reports, encapsulating the tragic events of the day as they unfolded.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad

Omar is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja. By night, he’s either a freedom fighter or a terrorist — you decide — ready to risk his life to strike at the Israeli military with his childhood friends Tarek and Amjad. Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game-is he playing his Israeli handler, or will he really betray his cause? And who can he trust on either side?

The Square
Director: Jehane Noujaim

The Square is an intimate observational documentary that tells the real story of the ongoing struggle of the Egyptian Revolution through the eyes of six very different protesters. Starting in the tents of Tahrir in the days leading up to the fall of Mubarak, we follow our characters on a life-changing journey through the euphoria of victory into the uncertainties and dangers of the current ‘transitional period’ under military rule, where everything they fought for is now under threat or in balance.

5+ Folktale Arab Children Books {Resource}

Arab children’s books about folkktales are like a four leaf clover to me.  Every time I come across one, I realize the rarity of the occurrence and I snatch it up to use in my story time at the public library.

One of my favorite things to visit in any city is its used book store. I feel that it can always tell so many stories about it’s character by the people that are left on the shelves.

These are some of my favorite Arab folktales books, all of them purchased from used book stores around the Unites States.  Each one has a city name written inside (in pencil of course) that reminds me a little about it’s original home.

I am an Amazon affiliate member, so clicking on these titles will give you the ability to purchase them. The original list started with 8 Children Books about Remarkable Muslims, but I decided to add to it, rather than create a new post, so now the list has expanded to over 20+ books.

Feel free to buy any of these books there and shukran (Arabic for thank you) for continuing to support my educational blog.


Climo, Shirley. Egyptian Cinderella.

This Egyptian spin on the classic Cinderella tale was initially recorded in the first century by a Roman historian and is retold here by folklorist Shirley Climo. Poor Rhodopis! She has nothing—no mother or father, and no friends. She is a slave, from the far-off country of Greece. Only the beautiful rose-red slippers her master gives her can make Rhodopis smile. So when a falcon swoops down and snatches one of the slippers away, Rhodopis is heartbroken. For how is she to know that the slipper will land in the lap of the great Pharaoh himself? And who would ever guess that the Pharaoh has promised to find the slipper’s owner and make her queen of all Egypt?

Green, Nancy. Abu Kassim’s Slippers.

This is a story of the miser Abu Kassim and his attempts at scheming to get rid of his slippers.      

Hickox, Rebecca. Golden Sandal.

Since Maha’s father is away fishing most of the time, there is no one to help or comfort her. All that begins to change when Maha finds a magical red fish. In return for sparing his life, the fish promises to help Maha whenever she calls him. On the night Maha is forbidden to attend a grand henna to celebrate the coming wedding of a wealthy merchant’s daughter, the fish is true to his word. His magic sets in motion a chain of events that reward Maha with great happiness, and a dainty golden sandal is the key to it all.

Johnson-Davies, Denys. Folk Tales of Egypt.

Egyptian folklore is a rich treasure of imagination and wisdom. The seven stories in this book have been adapted from tales that are told by word of mouth in various parts of Egypt. The longest is a fantastic tale about how the famous Clever Hassan triumphs over evil and wins the beautiful girl he loves. Another tale tells of a simple peasant whose bad luck turns into riches beyond his dreams. Then there is the story of the poor peasant who falls in love with a beautiful princess and is helped by a wooden gazelle. You can also read how a clever judge tricks two thieves. The atmosphere of these tales is as colorful and exciting as the world of the Arabian Nights.          

Simpson, Juwairiah J. L. Jinn in the Clock.

After Friday prayers in the Town of the Red Mosque, Duwairig the storyteller, a kind and helpful Muslim, always visits the family of Zaid and his parents. Zaid always coaxes a story out of him, stories that help the children to appreciate what it means to be a good Muslim. This time it is the story of how he helped a poor widow collect a mysterious inheritance. This beautifully-illustrated story is filled with lessons for young readers, as it emphasizes the importance of inculcating Islamic teachings in children, in a fast-paced adventure of mystery and discovery. Perfect for Muslim youth, ages ten and up.                     

Honorary Adult Book Mention

Bushnaq, Inea. Arab Folktales.

Out of alleys of Cairo and Bedouin tents, from the Moroccan laborers and Syrian peasants, this collection of 130 tales comes from Arab worlds from North Africa to the Holy Land.


To see more books about the Arab world, please stop by A Crafty Arab’s resource page.

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more book lists about the Arab world & Muslim culture.