Saudi Arabia Cut Canvas Flag {Tutorial}

Saudi Arabia is located in the Arabian Pensiula and the second largest Arab country, after Algeria.  Riyadh is the country’s most populous city and its capital.


The green flag has been used by the government since March 15, 1973 and features the shahada and sword in white.


According to Wikipedia –

 The Arabic inscription on the flag, written in the calligraphic Thuluth script, is the shahada or Islamic declaration of faith:

لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ الله
lā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, muhammadun rasūlu-llāh
There is no god but God: Muhammad is the Messenger of God.”

The green of the flag represents Islam and the sword stands for the strictness in applying justice.

We decided to make a cut canvas, of the Saudi Arabia flag. When placed against a white wall, the cutout will show through and the shahada will come out white, just like in the original flag.


Blank white canvas
 Shahada and sword printed on paper
Green paint
Xacto knife

Start by painting your canvas green.


You can buy a new canvas, or find one used, like we did.  If you do recycle, please make sure to paint it white first with two coats.

You’ll need two coats of green to get the nice deep green of the flag.

Lay your canvas flat down and tape your wording. You will need to flip the wording backwards to cut with the xacto. This way the Arabic letters will come out correctly on the other side.  After we taped our shahada, we decided it was too small and printed out a larger version.

You are now ready to start cutting out inside the black lines.

When you are cutting out the sword design, make sure not to cut out the whole thing, but leave spaces uncut so your sword has a handle.

Do the same with the letters, don’t cut the whole word, leave spaces, especially where there is overlap, so the canvas is stronger. For example, you can see that the first word لَا is suppose to be connected. However, it would be impossible to keep the inside circle, so instead, just give the suggestions of the connections.

Go ahead and cut out all the words before you start on any of the diacritics, this will help you visualize spacing.

Once the diacritics are added, your flag is done and ready to hang on your wall.

To be honest, we have no white walls on our house. So we added a piece of paper behind the canvas so that you can get an idea of what it would look like against a white wall.

If you enjoyed this flag tutorial, please visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more.  Or check out a few of our past flags as we craft our way through the Arab world-

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Somali Flag Pennant Tutorial

Sudan Flag Lantern Tutorial

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more DIY crafts that teach about the ARab world.





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