Arabesque Messenger Bag {Tutorial}

Our family loves to swim and have been visiting the pool lately.  When we are finished, we put our wet suits and towels in a fabric bag to bring them home.


I had extra arabesque quatrefoil duct tape left over from our duct tape wallet and thought it would be perfect to use to make a messenger bag with my teenager.  Now when we come home, we can put all the wet suits and towels on the clothesline and just wipe down the messenger bag for tomorrow’s swim.



Duct tape – arabesque
Duct tape – silver

We started by making duct tape “fabric”.  We laid out a piece of the arabesque design, sticky side up, and placed a piece of silver duct tape over it, offset by about a quarter of an inch.  Our bag will be 12 inches across, but we tried to make the two pieces longer then that.  We then flipped over the two pieces and added another piece of arabesque tape, making sure to overlap.  We folded over the first quarter inch fold created in the overlap.

We just kept adding more and more stripes of both tapes, flipping it over and adding, until we had a duct tape “fabric” that was roughly 34 inches x 12 inches.  When we got to the end, we tapped over the last quarter inch extra fabric to seal our edge.

We trimmed off any access to make a nice clean line on the sides.

We put aside the body of the bag to work on the sides.  We made the side “fabric” from overlapping the silver duct tape with the arabesque design until we had two side stripes that were 9 1/2 x 4 inches.

We measured 9 1/2 inches off our main fabric and taped on the stripes to each side.

We then cut the silver duct tape in half and used each on a side to tape it to the main body, creating a bag shape.

To make the shoulder strap, we made a “fabric” stripe the same way as our side fabrics. It was just thinner and longer.

We added the shoulder strap to the top of the messenger bag.

We added a few more pieces of silver tape inside the bag to reinforce the gym abuse it will take and we were ready to go.


If you enjoyed this arabesque messenger bag duct tape tutorials, be sure to stop by our other duct tape DIY crafts-

Duct Tape Eid Sheep Earrings Tutorial

Arabesque Wallet Tutorial

Or check out A Crafty Arab on Pinterst for learning more about the Arab world.


Nowruz Sir Plate {Tutorial}

Happy Nowruz 2017


Today is Nowruz, celebrated by the Iranians and Turkic peoples, along with some other ethno-linguistic groups, in the Middle East and worldwide.  It is a holiday that marks the beginning of the New Year.


Last year, we made a sib, or apple, for the half sin table. This year we tried our hand at papier-mâché to make a plate for garlic, or sir (سیر).


According to Wikipedia:

A Half Sin (Persian: هفت سین‎‎ “Seven S’s”) is the traditional table setting of Nowruz in Iran. Typically, before the arrival of Nowruz, family members gather around a table, with the Haft Seen set on it, and await the exact moment of the March equinox to celebrate the New Year. At that time, the New Year gifts are exchanged.


I started by printing out some black and white paisley designs I found on the internet, along with garlic images. Paisley was actually a shape that originated in Iran, so we wanted to tie in a bit of history into our sir bowl.



Plastic container
Foam brush
Sharpie pen
Mod Podge
Rectangle ceramic plate
Paisley and garlic cut outs


Mix the Mod Podge with a little bit of water in the plastic container.

Use the gold sharpie to add a few value lines in the garlic. Cut out the shape and also cut out the paisley shapes.

Place the Clingwrap on the plate and start gluing down the paisley cut outs.  Let the first layer dry overnight and then add another layer.

Add the garlic cutouts as the final touch.

Let your plate dry overnight. The next day, it should pop right out of the ceramic shape.

Now your paper plate is ready for sir and your half sin table.

To enjoy more plate DIY tutorials, visit

Eid Decorative Plate Tutorial

My First Ramadan Sharpie Plate Tutorial

Moroccan Flag Candy Dish

There are a few handmade Nowruz cards in my shop and don’t forget to stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to learn more about the Middle East. Please feel free to pin this image into your favorite board:




Eid Pyramid Favor Box {Tutorial}

I love making candy favor boxes for our local Eid parties.  It’s always fun to think of creative ways to give the kids little treats.


Eid is the Arabic world for festival or holiday.  It can mean eid milad, which is Arabic for birthday, or Eid Al Fitr, the holiday that ends the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Islam is one of many religions practiced in the Arab world.


Taking inspiration from our pyramid paper lantern, I came up with this pyramid box with the words Eid Mubarak on the sides. Eid Mubarak is the greeting you say to someone around either Eid Al Fitr, or Eid Al Adha, the two major holidays in the Islamic religion.  Eid Mubarak means Blessed Holiday in Arabic.



8×11 card stock
Double sided tape
Baker’s twine
Cutting mat
Ziploc bag
Starburst candy

Print out the Pyramid Eid Mubarak Favor with moon to the yellow card stock. Use the xacto to cut out the shape.  Only cut the outside lines, all the inside lines are folding.

Cut out the moon shape from inside the triangle.

Use the xacto to slice off the corner of the ziploc bag to cover up the cut out.

Place double sided tape on the inside of the moon cut out and add the plastic. Fold along all the other lines.

Punch a hole in the top of all four triangles.

Weave the twine in the holes, add the candy and tie a knot.

For a younger child, feel free to have them make one that does not require an xacto for the moon.  Give them scissors to practice cutting the outside shape. I found papyrus paper and printed a favor on it.

I also had a little fun and made one in blue as a gift box. I didn’t add the hole or twine and simply glued the flaps together.


Check out these other clever ways to give out candy at your next eid:

Quran Candy Nuggets Tutorial

Eid Camel Gift Bag Tutorial

Red, White & Blue Hanging Eid Favor Tutorial

Jordan Almonds Origami Box Tutorial

Make sure you stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more DIY tutorials about the Arab world.