Recycled Khatam Date Holder {Tutorial}

Our eight day of our 30 day Ramadan crafts challenge involves re-purposing a found treasure into a dates holder.


Dates are used by Muslims worldwide as a way to break the daily fast in Ramadan.


Traditionally but not mandatory, three dates are eaten in emulation of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him), who broke his fast in this manner. These dates are eaten at the evening meal, called an iftar, the Arabic word for break fast.


Today while walking in my neighborhood for my morning exercise, I came across a neighbor who was having a moving sale. She had an old candle holder with a beautiful exquisite design on the cover.


I bought it for a few cents and took it home to turn it into a date holder for our kitchen counter.



Metal paint

I cleaned off the top of the lid with soap and water and dried it right away. I wanted to make sure there were no dust particles stuck in the little tiny crevices.

I used the metal paint to highlight the khatam, the Arabic word for 8 point star, that was in the middle of the lid. I used the brushed gold in the khatam, the brushed silver in the background and the brushed antique gold as a frame. I also added a layer of the brushed silver to the four petal flower in the middle.

To keep my dates fresh, I will still keep them in a little plastic bag inside the holder, but at least now the bag will be in a nice container instead of just sitting on my counter.


Would you like to make another date craft? You might want to stop by Ramadan Dates Calendar {Tutorial}.


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