UNICEF Collection Cup {Tutorial}

As a Muslim who grew up in America as a child, I remember going trick or treating on Halloween with my friends.   I remember getting sick from all the candy because I always ate more than I was allowed. I remember the hoopla at school being called a Halloween Party instead of a Harvest Celebration.


Now that I am a Muslim adult, I have carried on the tradition of having children that get sick from too much sugar at Harvest celebrations at school and go trick or treating with their friends. But instead of collecting for candy, they collect for UNICEF. One of a few holidays a year I use to remind my children that while they are celebrating, there are other children less fortunate. Performing zakat is a good reminder that there are other children less fortunate.


They have been collecting for more then 10 years, all the money we matched as their parents. The goal each year is to reach the highest pier, this year it is a School-in-a-Box containing supplies to help 40 refugee children get back to learning and being kids. Our family had previously used these boxes that we have picked up at the local mall.

Fortunately for us, there are no pick up locations in our state (yes, the whole state!) and we must now craft our own box.  I’ll show you how to do it below.



Decoupage box
Feather boa
Orange pom poms
Foam brush
Mod Podge
UNICEF printout

You’ll need to paint the lid of your box.

Cut out the UNICEF print out.

You’ll need to turn it over and add Mod Podge to the back of the paper. Add another later to the box.

Carefully add the print out to the box bottom.

Add pompoms to the top with glue.

Add a little glue to the side of the lid to attach the black feather boa.

Use the awl to poke a hole in the side of the box.

Poke another hole on the opposite side and add the ribbon.

Tie the ribbon on the inside.

Once the top is dry, add it to the box and you are ready to go!

Stop by other ways we collect money to donate by visiting our Zakat tutorials.

Minaret Zakat Box {Tutorial}

Recycled Zakāt Box {Tutorial}

Moon and Star Zakāt Wood Box {Tutorial}

Be sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest  to see more tutorials.



Teaching String Art {Resource}

This past weekend I was an art instructor at the YMCA Women’s Wellness Weekend located on Camp Orkila. I have been teaching different types of art classes there shortly after I fell in love with the mission behind WWW in 2008.

It was my pleasure to once teach string art, taking a break from quilling. My class was moved from the library to the studio. Can you see why?

The camp is on one of the San Juan Islands and my commute to work involves a ferry.


This is the one of best parts of the weekend, since it always includes surprises. Never to disappoint, the ride home had two dolphins that were starboard (two fast for my camera) and in the ferry line to the islands was a tiny house on wheels being delivered.

The sleeping arrangements are not the best since the camp is used for children the rest of the year, but the view from Mt. Constitution and local animal life more than make up for the bunk beds.

I was lucky to teach two classes and had so many great artists come to create masterpieces.  Here are a few photos I took during the classes. That is, when I wasn’t ziplining or reading on the beach, accomplishing the mission for the weekend: take time to get well.

First the students spent some time on the inspiration table, getting ideas. Then they were given paper and pencil to draw them out. I had some plain wood boards but some were painted with prewash paints (they dried faster then regular paint) I had received as a Plaid Ambassador, along with regular paint.

After the designs were complete, they received nails, hammers and protective tools and got to work. Yes, it gets loud!

Once the hammering was done, the paper is removed and the students started outlining their work.

After the outline is done, the inside is filled in. Or there other way around. Really, there are no rules in art.

The inside of the work can be calculated and pre drawn out.

Or filled in a random manner.

One student knew the design outcome, but wanted to play with color.

While another student knew the exact design because she was a collector of it.

Someone made wall art for a new baby on the way.

While other art was made simply to be created and left behind in the studio to be enjoyed by others.

It was such a lovely weekend and I hope to be invited to teach again. I have some friends whom I’ve enjoyed meeting on my daily walks.

To read step by step instructions on created your own string art, visit these tutorials.

Arabic Initial String Art {Tutorial}

Arabic String Wedding Decor {Tutorial}


Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest about other teaching jobs. Or visit the contact page to have me teach at your next event.

Arabic Stamped Thank You Card {Tutorial}

My daughter needed some thank you cards for her teachers recently and we looked around the house for supplies on hand.


She found some foam squares in her shape bin and I asked if we can cut them up for stamps.  We had used foam before to make Ramadan decor and sun printed numbers but she was curious to see how we can make a stamp from it.


We gathered a few other things and go to work making some shukran cards. Shukran is the Arabic word for thank you. The words should be across as one, but the letters we made were too big, so we put four letters on one line and three under with a washi tape accent.




Foam squares
Card and envelope
Popsicle sticks (2)
Washi tape

I wrote out the letters for SHUKRAN on each piece of foam for my daughter in the Sharpie. She used the scissors and xacto to cut them out. I made them larger so it was easy for her to cut, but this did not allow the word to go together on one line. Keep this in mind if you use another word. Or you can also buy foam letters precut!

Once the letters were finished, she lined them up and added the glue and stick.

She cut off a piece of washi tape and centered it at the bottom of the card.

She inked up the letters, making sure to press the corners of the letters in the ink.

She placed the upper letters on the card to help with centering the lower letters.

She did the word in one color, but she was also thinking of making each letter a different color with some stripped ink we have.

Now we just need to make a dozen more (we also like to thank our school support staff: custodians, teacher assistants, playground monitors, librarian, office managers, cafeteria cooks and our first kindergarten teacher who started our love of learning).

To see more cards we’ve made, please visit these tutorials

Baba Accordion Card {Tutorial}

Emirates Button Card {Tutorial}

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more crafts that teach about the Arab world.