Paper Weaving Prayer Mat {Tutorial} Guest Post

We are so honored to host a guest post for our Ramadan crafts 30-day challenge from Muazah Khan at Mummy Does Creativity

Sister Muazah is sharing how she crafted this colorful Paper Weaving Prayer Mat with her young child to introduce them to the importance of prayer and cleanliness.

To celebrate our 11th annual Ramadan crafts 30-day challenge, we are hosting guest posts for most of the month, if you have a craft, resource, or recipe you’d like to share, please let us know.


Salam Everyone! For me Ramadan is all about to worship Allah more, appreciating the blessings we take for granted and spending time as a family. What better way for spending time with kids and family to do some Ramadan crafts.

I started doing Ramadan crafts with my kids to teach them the importance of this holy month and wanted to make them fall in love with Allah even more.

To teach my kids the importance of prayer and cleanliness, I choose prayer mat craft with paper weaving. Muslims use the prayer mat to offer prayer and to ensure cleanliness to cover the floor. While this is not a requirement in Islam, but Islam does call on its followers to worship in a clean area.

Weaving is a process to make fabric patterns. It can be done with paper, yarn and other materials. Paper weaving is a great craft for developing fine motor skills, so easy to do and how few materials it requires.

Things you will need:

  1. 2 halves of A4 paper in different colors for weaving (extra paper to create a design)
  2. Pencil
  3. Ruler
  4. Scissors
  5. Glue


Start with, drawing the lines on one colored paper to cut them equally. Start cutting along the lines but importantly stop before you cut all the way through (see the picture). Next using the other colored piece of paper, simply cut individual strips. (equal sized)

And now start weaving paper strips through, going over, under, over, under. (cutting one side of the paper can make easy for the kids to weave)

Slide strips close together after each row and after completing the patterns, glued the corners.

Now add (on the long side corners) strips with cuttings like the thread to create a design of a prayer mat.

You can also stack thinner strips in a different color to add interest) like the other one.

 Finally cut the little mosque shape and glue it on qibla side of the prayer mat (or you can add your desired shapes to create a design or leave as it is), you can draw corner designs too to create the look more beautiful.

My kids loved this paper weaving craft and they wanted to do it daily after that. You should try this craft with your kids, and I hope your kids will love this too.



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