5 Pillars Folding Crafts Sticks {Tutorial}

The five pillars of Islam are the basic acts that are the foundation of the religion.


Today we made a folding craft sticks to use as a memorization tool so my daughter can learn them.  I love that my daughter can test herself by unfolding one stick at a time to reveal the next one.


You can use a ribbon to tie it together, or a rubber band. Anything to get it compact for trips to keep little hands busy.



Craft sticks
Masking tape

Start by laying done a piece of tape and lay two sticks on it. Make sure you leave a little space between the sticks on the tape.

Flip the crafts sticks over and add another piece of craft stick on either side and tape the new piece on.

Continue flipping and adding more sticks. Remembering to leave space between your sticks.

You’ll need 8 sticks total and then are ready to color. Start by writing 5 Pillars at the top.

My daughter didn’t like how the letters smudged, so she took off that stick and started over.  If you mess up on any of the tape, you can do the same. Then write down Of Islam on the second stick, followed by Faith, Prayer, Charity, Fasting and Pilgrimage.

Cut your ribbon to size.

Now fold the craft sticks up.

Tie on the ribbon and your 5 Pillars Folding Craft Sticks are ready for life on the go.

If you enjoyed this 5 Pillars DIY tutorial, visit our 5 Pillars of Islam Wind Chime Tutorial or use up more craft sticks by making our Eid Mubarak Puzzle Card.

Or check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more crafts that teach about the Arab world.


Paper Plate Khatam Weaving {Tutorial}

We hosted a brunch last weekend and used some funky square plates. After the event, there was one left over that no one had used since it had a yellow spot.


Rather then throw it away, we decided to turn it into a fun yarn weaving craft. To compliment the square design of the plate, we weaved a khatam, or Arabic word for eight point star, shape on the back.



Square paper plates
Yarn needle

Square piece of paper


We started by using the Sharpie to trace out the piece of paper on the back of the paper plate.  Then we turned the paper so that it was offset and traced the square again.

We placed the paper plate on the carpet and used the pushpin to poke holes at all the points.

Then we weaved an outline with the yarn and needle before we started working out the inner design.

Our final product is in the first photo. It was such so easy to do this craft that we made a second using a round paper we dug out of a cabinet.

We also added a pink color yarn to see what it would look like.  We loved it! We also were trying to decide if we wanted to paint the edges, so it looks like it’s framed. We’ll sleep on it…

If you enjoyed this paper plate tutorial, check out

Paper Plate Ball Toss Toy Tutorial

If you want to try your hand at another yarn tutorial, stop by

Ramadan Lantern Silhouette Yarn Art

Khatam Yarn Banner Tutorial

Iqra Yarn Art Tutorial

Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more DIY projects.

Recycled Camel Snack Cup {Tutorial}

Snack cups are such fun to use as a craft medium.


We get them for free when we go to our local grocery store and check out the sample table in the back.


On our last visit, my daughter brought her snack cup home after eating what was inside (trail mix) and we decided to recycle it as a hump for a camel. We just needed to add googly eyes and pom poms.



Snack cup
Googly eyes
Hot glue
Pom poms

My daughters started by drawing the outline of the blanket on the camel’s back with black marker.

She then used the other markers to color in the blanket design, including yellow tassels. After her design was done, she used brown marker to color the rest of the snack cup.

She wanted to make sure I showed you the khatam, the Arabic word for eight point star, she drew on the top.

I helped with this next step, since it involves the hot glue. We added two small pom poms on top of each other for legs. We then added two smaller pom poms and a large one for the neck and head.  Last was adding the googly eyes to the head.

Our cute camel is ready for an afternoon play date! We might need to g back to the grocery store for a playmate.

If you enjoyed this camel DIY tutorial, try your hand at one of these

Eid Camel Gift Bag Tutorial

Camel Fold-in Tutorial

Camel Coffee Cozy Tutorial

Freezer Paper Camel Tutorial

Or if you bought a big size bag of pom poms, use up more on these DIY tutorials

Pom Pom Kuwaiti Flag Tutorial

Pom Pom Sheep Tutorial

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more fun ways to make recycled art.