Ramadan Lantern Washi Card {Tutorial}

My daughter had so much fun making yesterday’s Ramadan craft that she just kept going with the washi tape.  After she made the moon and star, she started on a lantern shape.


Today I’ll show you how she made a Ramadan lantern, called a fanous, فانوس‎ in Arabic. They can be found in houses, restaurants, hotels, malls, etc in Arab countries and other parts of the world that celebrate Ramadan.


She used the same supplies we had, but substituted a card instead of a favor bags.



Washi tape
Double sided tape

My teen worked on this project by first using the ruler and pencil to draw out a lantern shape.

Once she had it drawn out, she used the scissors to cut it out.

She started at the top and working her way down, she added the different colored washi tape.

Once her lantern was covered, she turned it over and folded over all the tape edges.

The final step was to add double sided tape to the back of the lantern and add it to her card.

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Eid Moon and Star Washi Favors {Tutorial}

Before you begin today’s Ramadan craft, I have to warn you that it may become addictive.  The latest craze that my daughter has discovered is washi tape.


We’ve used it before to make an Eid origami necklace, but this time, we had to buy more colors and designs.


This is justified by telling ourselves that the thinner washi tape will look better on the Ramadan moon and star we are going to make, but let’s be honest, who can stop at only buying one washi roll?


Since we bought a number of rolls, we did more than one shape. Come back tomorrow and see what my daughter does with more of today’s fun.




Washi tape
Favor bags (instead of card)
Double sided tape


She started by using the ruler to draw out two squares offset from each other to make the khatam. A khatam is the Arabic word for eight point star and used a lot in Arab architecture. She also drew a moon shape and cut both out.

My daughter added washi tape, alternating the different ones to make a pattern.

Once the shapes were covered, she turned them over and made sure the edges of tape had a solid fold so that the fronts looked clean.

The final step was using the double sided tape to add the moon and star shapes to the favor bags.

Well, there is also the step of filling the bags, either a flat gift card, or a few toys like a spinning top, eraser and a candy coin.  To find more ideas of what to put inside the bags, be sure to stop by these 99 non candy Eid favors suggestions.


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Arabic Chalkboard Lunchbox {Tutorial}

Today is the last full week of the school year and also the last full week of Ramadan.  Eid Al Fitr, the holiday that commemorates the end of Ramadan, is predicted to occur on Friday or Saturday.

I thought I would surprise my young daughter by adding chalkboard paint to her lunchbox to get through this last final week.  I wrote some Arabic words for her to practice saying while having her lunch.  If you don’t want to use your lunchbox for educational purposes, you can add jokes or inspirational sayings for your children.

I received the chalkboard paint as my Plaid Ambassador roll. We’ve used it a few times this Ramadan on a sign and our lazy susan. Even after all three of these projects, I bet we can still get many more!


Place the blue tape around the edge of the lunchbox to protect the sides and add a layer of chalkboard paint.

Once that layer has fully dried, add a second layer. After they have both dried, you will need to condition the paint before its first use by rubbing chalk all over it.

Use a wet paper towel to wipe everything off.

Now your lunchbox is ready to use.  I added three words in Arabic, bismillah, alhamdulillah and masha’Allah.

I also made sure to sign it. I added xoxo, which means hugs and kisses in English and wrote mama in Arabic, ماما.

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