Khatam Shrinky Dinks Button {Tutorial}

Day 20 of our Ramadan crafts has us updating an outfit with new handmade buttons. We shaped them into a khatam, Arabic for eight point star.


My daughter will be wearing it for an Eid party. Eid al Fitr is the holiday that commemorates the end of Ramadan.


We made them out of shrinky dinks and it was so easy. It only took a few minutes to design, cut and bake.


Be sure to check out the before and after photos of her dress.



Shrinky Dink
Hole Punch
Square template

We started by placing our square template on our shirky dink and tracing it out.

We then offset it to create an eight point star shape. We filled our khatam, Arabic for eight point star, with a henna flower design.  Henna is a dye removed from plants and used on body parts to decorate them for festival occasions, such as Eid parties and weddings.  It is common in the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa.

We cut out our khatam.  We then used the hole punch to add two holes next to each other, close to the center.

We baked our button per the manufacturers instructions. We burned ours a little bit, but since our dress has yellow in it, it actually turned out okay.  We designed a second button by punching the holes, then using the holes to create the center of flowers.

Here is the front of the Eid dress with a boring button.

And here is our new button, looking much better.

It is a bit unusual and now my daughter can tell her friends at the party she made it herself.

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