Arabesque Cardboard Roll Vase {Tutorial}

We made this arabesque cardboard roll vase after having a lot of cardboard rolls left over from our Ramadan wreath. It’s a great way to recycle all that cardboard into a fun kid’s craft.


When we were making the wreath, my daughter was playing around with other designs and came up with some fun shapes. She made a comment that the design looked a little like the designs she saw in Morocco last year. I was so happy she recognized the arabesque shape and brought out the rolls again for her this weekend to play with them again.


She came up with this vase cover to liven up our glass flower vase we use in the kitchen. She used paints I received as my role as Plaid Ambassador that shift colors in the light.


I’m looking forward to giving her more cardboard rolls in the future to see what else she creates. This a great way to recycle all that cardboard and save it from a landfill. I enjoy allowing her free time to be creative while getting her problem solving skills (how high is the vase? how will the sides stay while the glue sticks?) juices flowing.



Cardboard roll
Washi tape (optional)

My daughter cut the cardboard rolls into stripes that were about half an inch wide. She painted them inside and out and left them outside to dry.

After the little pieces were dried, she glued four of them together in matching colors.

She then took the new shapes and glued them to other shapes.

She added more shapes until the design was the same height as the kitchen vase. She then started to glue the four sides to each other.

Pro tip: she said it was easier to glue two sides together first and to use washi tape or another type of tape that will not damage the paint. But only is a few spots as it’s hard to remove after it dries.

Once the sides had dried she slipped the glass vase inside the cardboard roll vase.

The great part is that I can set it out as decor, but when the flower need to be changed or the vase needs to be washed, I can just lift it right out. She said she can make more to match different holiday themes or room decor colors.


I am looking forward to walking into my kitchen tomorrow and seeing this beautiful decor on my table, handmade by my daughter to brighten up our home.  If you also enjoy seeing more children’s creative around you, visit

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Mosque Cardboard Ring Toss {Tutorial}

To get ready for our Arab Cultural Camp in two weeks, we crafted this mosque cardboard ring toss this weekend using recycled material.


Our day at camp will be divided up into four sections, Cooking, Crafts, Outdoor Play and Service Projects.  We want to use the ring toss during our Outdoor Play, along with a few other games like our Arabic Numbers Toss. We also are going to be using our Arabic Game Die.


Mosques are seen all over the Arab world since they are not just places for prayers. Many towns use them as community buildings as they tend to be the largest gathering place around. They were built for function as the minarets that were attached serve as a ventilation system for the building in very hot climates that would have an opening in the ceiling that would both accumulate and allow warm air to leave the building through a cupola. Mosques usually have a center hall room with a raised ceiling or dome to allow for heat to accumulate and rise upwards leaving the cold air on the lower floor allowing for a system of natural air conditioning.


We will be talking to the campers about architecture in the Arab world while we create and play fun games.
To make this mosque ring toss used paints and supplies sent as my role as Plaid Ambassador. Other supplies, like the square dish and round lid, came from our kitchen. The tri-fold was rescued from our school art room when I was cleaning it out.



Square template
Round template
Foam Brush
Crescent moon and star wood shape
Tri fold board

We researched different types of minarets on mosques all over the world.

Before long, my daughter had drew out a simple design that combined the Ottoman with the Qairawan minarets.

She measured out how much space she needed to have four minarets and used the Sharpie and ruler to draw them. She did this on the back of the tri fold board so that the black ink would not be seen later.

Once the minarets where done, she added side flaps to help hold the ring toss when it was standing.  She made them slanted. She then cut everything out.

For the main part of the mosque, my daughter used the round lip to create a dome.  She only drew out half the circle and then created a rectangle underneath it. She used the stencil and paint in the rectangle to give the mosque wall a design.

The final paint job came with the blue sky.  Originally, she had wanted to paint it with stars, but changed her mind and kept it solid.

After the paint had dried, she went back with the stencil and added details with a gold Sharpie.

She also glued the moon and star to the top of the dome.

She set her mosque aside to dry on a flat surface and started on her rings for the toss. Rather than create plain circles, she decided to make a khatam shape, the Arabic world for eight point star. She used a square plate from the kitchen to outline two squares, offset from each other.

She removed the plate and drew two more squares inside, but slightly smaller.

Once the khatam was done, she cut out the shape from the cardboard and made two more.

She painted them all different colors. She made sure they were fully dry before using them.

Now our mosque cardboard ring toss is ready for the kids to play with at camp.

If  you enjoyed making this mosque craft, be sure to visit

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Pakistan Straw Topper Flag {Tutorial} Plus {Review}

I was recently sent the picture book Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi and illustrated by Hatem Aly, from Capstone Publishing.

This fictional tale is about a spirited second grader named Yasim, who lives with a multi-generational Pakistani American family.  She has adventures as an explorer, a painter, a builder and a fashionista.

I took the book to my story time at the library and it got a room full of thumbs up. Everyone that attends is in age range of 4-6, so the book was perfect since the author suggests a range of 5-8.  I read them the chapter on  Yasmin being a painter.  We then talked about times we were in art class when we feel that we are not any good.  The kids loved that there was a person just like them, who feels that way about their artwork too.  It was such a great discussion about how art allows you to make mistakes.

While reading the story, I returned to talk about the word “jaan” in the chapter.  Yasmin’s mother says it to her and I shared the appendix in the back with the kids to show them what it means, life, and is used as a term of endearment in Urdu. I also showed the kids another page on Pakistan facts and a recipe for lassi, a yogurt drink.

When I got home, I shared the book with my teen, who wanted to try to make the lassi.

She had a little fun with the straw, by adding a Pakistan flag, based on our previous moon & star straw toppers.  There is an image of it in the back on the Pakistan facts page. The flag is a green field with a white crescent moon and five-rayed star at its center, and a vertical white stripe at the hoist side. Since the side of the flag is white, when she drinks the lassi, the clear straw also turns white.

The drink recipe only took a few minutes to make and was so yummy.

Lassi Ingredients

3 cups plain yogurt
2 cups milk
ice cubes
3 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

My daughter placed the ice in a blender first.

After crushing it, she added all the other ingredients.

After everything was pureed, we placed it in the refrigerator for a few hours to get cold.

While we were waiting for the lassi to get cold, we made a Pakistan flag with a few simple things we had around the house. Including a fun bottle of fabric paint I received as a Plaid Ambassador.


Green felt
Fabric paint

My daughter started by cutting out a small flag shape from the green felt. It measured approximately 2 inches by 2 1/2 inches.

My daughter then used the scissors to cut out two slits for the straw to fit.

She used the fabric paint to create a stripe on the side of the flag, covering up the slits she just cut.

My daughter used the smallest brush we had, to create a small crescent moon and star shape on the side.

Once the Pakistan flag straw topper was dry, we used it to drink the cold lassi.

What a fun book Meet Yasmin! is and we are so happy to try a new drink.

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