Hajj Shadowbox Savings Bank {Tutorial}

Hajj is Arabic for “to intend a journey” and one of the five pillars of Islam.  Observing Hajj involves traveling to Saudi Arabia and performing religious rituals.


The other four pillars are Shahadah (Arabic for the testimony), Salat (prayer), Zakat (that which purifies or alms-giving), and Sawm (fasting during the month of Ramadan).


Hajj is done at least once in the lifetime of all adult Muslims who are physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support their family during their absence.


Children can start putting away for their Hajj now with this simple shadow box saving bank.


I made this with my tween daughter today and she felt it was easy. It took us hardly any time to put together.


Recycled shadow box
Kaa’ba mage from Wiki Commons
Recycled cardboard
Double sided tape

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Start by taking apart your frame. Lay your frame template over the Kaa’ba image and cut out.

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Lay your frame backing over recycled cardboard and cut out.

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Double tape the back of the Kaa’ba image to the solid side of cardboard.

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Use the xacto to cut out a rectangle somewhere at the top of your image.

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Insert your image and backing into the frame.

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Make sure your hole is big enough for money.

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I have to admit the two shadow boxes in our home look really great together, despite being picked up from consignment shops at different times.


Now the girls are ready for Eid money from relatives and have someplace to place it: 1/3 for others in the Zakat box, 1/3 in the Hajj box and 1/3 to spend on themselves.

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Here is our tutorial on how to make a Zakat Shadowbox.


Follow along on other tutorials as we complete our 30 day #CraftyRamadan challenge. Make sure you visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more DIY crafts.









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