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:





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