Origami Khatam Magnet {Tutorial}

Day 18 of our Ramadan crafts challenge involved bringing out one of my favorite mediums: paper.


Paper is so easy to hand to a child to entertain them for hours. When they are younger, they love to taste it, or rip it or crumble it to hear the sounds.  But as they grow, they start to use it for writing and folding.


The art of paper folding is called origami, from the Japanese language: ori meaning”folding” and kami meaning “paper.” We have used this ancient method before to create an origami khatam, the Arabic word for 8 point star.


However this time we only used one piece of paper for each layer and added a magnet to turn our handmade projects into Eid gift bag stuffers.


Square paper
Rounder Cutters
Puff ball
Hot glue gun / hot glue

We used our round cutters to make three circles.

Two that were close in size and one much smaller.

We folded each circle in half, then in half again.

Using the smaller circle as a guide, we traced out the outline of it on the larger two circles.

We then folded our two larger circles one last time, creating eight “slices” of our circles.  We used the scissors to cut along the lines, stopping at our smaller circle outline.

We then folded over each of the two points on each “slice” making sure our fold was nice and crisp.

We heated up our glue gun and put a dot of glue on each fold, to make sure the points stay secure.

Once all our folds were glued, we turned our larger 8 point star over and added a dap of glue to the center.

We added our smaller khatam, added another dot of glue and added a puff ball. Turning our star over, we added the magnet to the back with a final touch of glue.

Here is my daughter’s final khatam magnet. It only took minutes to complete.

I tried my hand at one, using the red papers instead of the teal.


If you enjoyed making the khatam shape, learn others ways to craft it by checking out

Khatam Yarn Banner {Tutorial}

Khatam Matching Game {Tutorial}


Please visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest for more of our Ramadan crafts.



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