Iqra Stenciled Magazine Holder {Tutorial}

I recently found a canvas magazine holder that is perfect for our guest room and wanted to personalize it with the word iqra, which is ‘read’ in Arabic.


I decided to use the beautiful Martha Stewart alphabet stencils that would allow to me write out the word iqra in a unique font. I had gotten them to try out as a Plaid Ambassador.


I also received something that I’d never tried before: adhesive laser cut stencils that allow for layers and dimensions.  My daughter and I spent the afternoon using two different color paints for our design and we’d like to show you how easy they were to do.



Adhesive laser cut layering stencil
Letter stencil
Foam brush
Magazine Holder
Painters tape (optional)

The great thing about these stencil is that they stay on the canvas. Usually I use painters tape to hold down the stencil but there is no need here, so fantastic.  BUT if you have a little child painting, you may want to use the tape to make sure they stay inside the blue area.

My daughter used the tip of the sponge brush to fill in the stencil. Make sure it’s dry before removing the stencil. This helps you see if you missed any spots. The great thing about these stencils is they are repositionable and reusable. Also easy to clean with soap and water.

For the bird and flowers, I did use the blue tape to make sure she didn’t get any paint in any of the surrounding stencils. Let everything dry.

Here is what everything looks like with only one color.

Now it’s’ time to add some magic. The second stencil fits right over the image, but is cut a different way. Some parts will be repainted, others will remain the first color.

And here is the final masterpiece, ready to rehang in our wood frame. You can decide if you want the darker color on top or even if you want to use contrasting colors, the choices are endless!

Our guest will now hopefully enjoy reaching for a magazine and doing just as the outside suggests: iqra!

Stop by these fun crafts to celebrate the word iqra:

Iqra Yarn Art {Tutorial}

Iqra Painted Bookmark {Tutorial}

Or visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see all kinds of DIY tutorials on the Arab world.




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