Khatam Atom Caution Sign {Tutorial}

Plaid Crafts is launching a new Plaid Cosplay Facebook page and to celebrate, we have decided to show our geeky side for today’s Ramadan craft.

It is true, our family loves science, math and all things engineering. When we visited Florida, we not only went to the theme parks, but we also spent some time at the NASA space museum. My husband has coached both our older daughters in robotics competitions for years and there is usually some sort of robot experiment happening on our kitchen table.

My daughter wanted to take her love of science by taking a carbon atom and mixing it with an Islamic design, a khatam, which is the Arabic word for eight point star, to come up with this personalized, geeky caution sign for her wall.

We used Plaid Crafts products and they have graciously offered our blog $50 worth of items to give away. Check out the rules at the bottom of this post on how you can win these products:


  • Bamboo square plate
  • Foam stickers
  • Mod Podge
  • Yellow paint
  • Black paint
  • Xacto
  • Paintbrush
  • Foam brush
  • Blue painter’s tape (optional)

Our first step in making our caution sign was to paint our bamboo plate a solid bright yellow color.

To make our plate look more like a sign, we used painter’s tape to add a black square around the edge. This is optional and you can leave the sign as is.

My daughter created her personalized, geeky image by taking a carbon atom and placing it inside a khatam. She printed out the design four times on blue paper.

In between adding more coats of yellow paint, my daughter cut out the four khatam designs, each time taking off more of the design until only the circle was left.

The full khatam design was added to the plate first with Mod Podge.

Before adding the other layers to the top of the first khatam, my daughter covered both sides with Mod Podge to make them more stiff.

After the Mod Podge had fully dried, my daughter added the foam stickers to the back of the khatam designs before adding them to the middle of the plate.

Here is what all four layers of the khatam atom design looks like on top of each other.

The extra time spent cutting the paper of each layer really gives the atom an extra 3D effect.

As soon as we add a sawtooth picture hanger, it will be a nice addition to our space invaders wall.

Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see other fun tutorials we have made.

Plaid Crafts / Ramadan 2019 Giveaway Rules

We have half way through the month of our 30 day Ramadan crafts 2019 challenge and would love to know how many you have made.

  • So head to either Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and use the hashtag #CraftyRamadan and #PlaidRamadan to show us.
  • We will pick a winner (sorry from the US or Canada only) from those that enter from now to June 5th, 2019.
  • Make sure you are following ACraftyArab on all three channels so that we can see your posts when you tag us.


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