Mother’s day will be celebrated in the Arab world on March 21st, by 19 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The first Mother’s Day was started in Egypt in 1956 after two journalists received numerous letters complaining from mothers that their children do not take care of them. The writers, Mostafa Amin and Ali Amin, suggested that mothers be honored on the first day of spring, March 21st, and the tradition spread to other parts of the Arab world.
In some parts of the MENA region, the day now includes grandmothers and mother in laws, evolving into Family Day.
In Arabic, mama is ماما and today’s tutorial includes making a card with flowers written out in the form of that word.
To start, punch out the same flower shape from different colors of card stock.
Once you make eight or nine of each color, add a little detail by drawing some ovals into the petals.
Once all the flowers were done, curl the edges of some of them with the end of the pen.
Play around with the flowers until you make sure you have enough for the word. Then place double sided tape on the flowers that were curled and foam squared under the flowers that stayed flat, before adding them to the card.
Keep alternating, the low, curled flower, with the high, flat flower, until the word is done. If you find the image off in numbers, it’s very easy to make an extra flower.
If you have to mail your card, make sure you place it in a padded envelope to help keep the flowers from getting destroyed.
Your mom may also choose to place your card in a frame, which we all know means you are her favorite child.
To make more cards, visit these other tutorials
Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more DIY crafts that teach about the Arab world.