2014 Ramadan Crafts 30 Day Challenge Roundup {Resource}

I started the Ramadan Crafts 30 day challenge back in July 2011 to give me and my three young daughters a creative outlet to celebrate this holy month of their heritage and culture.

I also live a fair distance from my family, so these crafts bring me closer to them by allowing me to reminisce about my extended family and growing up Muslim in Libya.

Please enjoy this alphabetical list of the 30 free Arab and Islamic DIY craft tutorials we made to celebrate the days of Ramadan 2014.

1.   Arabesque Wallet Tutorial
2.   Arabesque Window Cling Tutorial
3.   Arabic Letter Window Ornaments
4.   Bahrain Crayon Holder Tutorial
5.   Begin Everything With Bismillah Free Printable
6.   Camel Glass Mosaic Bibelot Tutorial
7.   Cardboard Mosque Tutorial
8.   Djibouti Treasure Tin Tutorial
9.   Duct Tape Eid Sheep Earrings
10. Egyptian Mummy Charm Tutorial
11. Eid Cake Banner Tutorial
12. Eid Confetti Bag Tutorial
13. Eid Craft Stick Frame Tutorial
14. Eid in an Eggshell Tutorial
15. Eid Money Foam Envelopes Tutorial
16. Eid Night Light Tutorial
17. Eid Poppers Tutorial
18. Eid Rattle Drum Tutorial
19. Glittery
Ramadan Frame Tutorial
20. Happy Eid Candle Tutorial
21. Ishmael
& Family Story Shadow Puppets Tutorial
22. Islamic Prayer Mat Tutorial
23. Peg Muslim Dolls Tutorial

24. Ramadan Crescent Moon Pompom Tutorial
25. Ramadan Kareem Wallies Tutorial
26. Ramadan Lantern Card Tutorial
27. Ramadan Moon Sun Catcher Tutorial
28. Ramadan Suhoor Sharpie Mug
29. Red, White & Blue Hanging Eid Favor
30. Rub el Hizb Fabric Magnet Tutorial

If you would rather see the images of the above items, make sure you visit my Pinterest board for this year. And follow me to get updates for 2015!

30 days of Ramadan Crafty challenge roundup (2014)






Blessed Eid Al-Fitr 2014 {Resource}

Eid Mubarak*!

We made it through another Ramadan, alhumduAllah.  Is it me, or did this month fly by?

Our Seattle weather went mad with heat waves and thunderstorms, days apart.

The world went mad in Gaza, Iraq, and Libya and continues to be mad in Syria and Egypt. And our brothers and sisters in Ukraine and Malaysia also suffer.

Let us all take this day to reflect on how our fasting has brought us closer to Allah, our family, our community, and the other 1.65 billion Muslims in the world today. Use this Eid al-Fitr as a day of thanks giving.

We will celebrate by gathering with loved ones and giving children gifts.  And yes, after 30 days, we will take a day off from crafting and rest. I’ll write a wrap up post tomorrow of all the crafts we did.

Once again, I am most grateful to have spent time with each of my 3 girls, coming up with the crafts, creating the crafts, remaking the crafts in some instances, but most important, talking to her about her religion.

I wish all my friends, family, and followers peace for the upcoming months ahead and may Allah have forgiven our sins.

Eid Mubarak to you

*A common greeting during this holiday is Eid Mubarak, which means, “Have a blessed Eid!”

Recycled Cardboard Mosque {Tutorial}

We made it.  Our whole month of 30 days of Ramadan crafts are over.  We really enjoyed coming up with all the new Arabic and Islamic crafts!

I knew I wanted to create something special for today, but honestly had no ideas by the afternoon.  I decided a trip to Costco to buy all the food we need for our Eid gathering was a great way to procrastinate.  While I was there, I saw a corn box that had a fantastic opening on the side that reminded me of a mosque door.  I knew right away that I had to figure out a way to turn it into a toy for my youngest. When we got home, we made it a family affair.

I asked my husband to help with the cutting (box cutters can be a hard for little hands),  my oldest daughter helped with making square side pieces, my middle daughter helped design the dome and minaret and I designed and cut out the doors.

My youngest got to enjoy the fruits of our labor by playing with the mosque non-stop since we put it together for her a few hours ago.


Cardboard boxes
Box cutters
Cutting mat

We used the pencil and Sharpie to draw out our designs.  It really helps to use the T-square ruler to make sure everything was even.

Use the T-square again with the box cutter to keep cutting stright.
The first piece we made was the side of the mosque, which was 8 x 5 1/2, with two side slits, one inch in.

You’ll need to cut two exactly the same.

The back of our mosque is 11 x 7, again with 1 inch slits on the sides, and an arched door.  To get the arched door, I made two lines 4 inches in from each side.  I used a cup to get the round of the archway.

The front of the mosque was cut the same way, but my daughter used a pot lid for the dome, and free hand drew the details on the top.

Once all your mosque is complete, it should look like this.

And if you cut your pieces just right, you can see through both doors!

Next, start on the minaret but cutting a 5 1/2 inches square.  Again, create slits 1 inch in.

Make sure you cut two sides!

Our minaret is 16 inches tall and at its widest, 5 1/2, to match our sides. We tapered in the sides before adding the dome (another pot lid) and a little detail on top. We also added a slit about 7 inches down to add stability to our pieces. The slits on the bottom and arch door was cut as above.

Make your second piece is identical to the first.

Because the minaret was so tall, we decided to add an attachment piece to connect the front and back towers. It is 4 1/4 wide by 3 3/4 tall.  We added the notices so it would fit into the minaret walls.


Here is what the minaret will look like once it’s completed.

As an added bonus, you can use the stabilizer piece as an area where the muezzin calls the adhan.

And as you can see, my daughter used our Peg Muslim Dolls to play with this mosque all afternoon!

And here is a blurred photo of my youngest, having a grand old time with her new mosque (we cut more off the top to look like moons).  I haven’t even told her she can color it if she’d like!

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