Today’s Ramadan crafts tutorial about nazar rocks was inspired by my recent travels to Morocco.
While there, I noticed an unusually high number of doors to private residences with Hamsa.
These are used as protection from the evil eye and a nazar does the same thing.
The word nazar has Arabic origins as نظر deriving from sight, surveillance, attention, and other related concepts.
It is a common sight in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia where the nazar is often hung in homes, offices, cars, children’s clothing, or incorporated in jewelry and ornaments.
My daughter and I painted some nazar rocks to leave around our town for others to find and enjoy. A typical nazar is made of concentric circles in dark blue, white, and light blue.
We used paints I received as my role as Plaid Ambassador.
After washing and drying our rocks, we started painted the white circles first.
Once the white paint was dry, we added smaller circles of dark blue.
We waited a few hours for the dark blue to dry, added another layer of white, then even smaller circles of light blue.
We waited a full 24 hours before adding a layer of Mod Podge to seal the paints. Now they were ready to be left in secret spots. Go one the A Crafty Arab Facebook page and let us know if you find one!
Stop by this other Nazar tutorial to have even more fun making these protective amulets.
Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see other Ramadan crafts we have made.