Alhamdulillah Zakat Basket {Tutorial}

My daughters and I enjoy making a different zakat (‘alms-giving’ in Arabic) box, as part of our 30 day Ramadan crafts challenge, to collect money. We have made them out of wood, glass, picture frames, and even recycled materials.


Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam and an obligatory form of charitable giving for all Muslims that have the ability to do so.


We wanted to try something different this year and collect money, plus perishable food, daily. We painted a basket with Alhamdulillah (Arabic for “”thank Lord!”). According to Wikipedia: So frequently do Muslims and Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians invoke Alhamdulillah that the quadriliteral verb hamdala (حمدل), “to say al-ḥamdu li-llāh” was coined, and the derived noun ḥamdala (حمدلة) is used as a name for this phrase.


At the end of the month, we will donate everything inside the basket to a local food bank.


The project was inspired by the Bismillah Painted Tray {Tutorial} and uses the same banner letters. I received the paints as my role as Plaid Ambassador.



Glitter paint
Coastal paint
Banner letters

We took our letters to the local craft store to find a basket big enough for food inside and the letters outside.  Once we brought it home, we lined up the letters to spell out Alhamdulillah.

We used the Sharpie to outline the letters.

Next we painted the inside of the letters with the coastal paint. Once the first layer dried, we went over it again.

We waited a few hours for the paint to dry and went over it with glitter paint, just to add a little bit of sparkle.

Now our basket was done.

We placed it on the kitchen counter and have already added a few cans inside. we hope to take a photo of our complete basket on Facebook, so please stop by for an update.

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Ramadan Flip Card Calendar {Tutorial}

Day two of our 8th annual Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge has us making a countdown calendar to keep track of the days. I have been trying to incorporate even more Arabic numbers into our daily lives and this easy Ikea Tolsby frame project is the perfect solution.


Our Ramadan calendars in the past have been rather large, made of fence material, or spice holders, so this smaller version is also ideal for people with littler space.


We left a lot of room on the date sheets so that we can write on them. We hope to include what we had for dinner, what chapter (called a surah in Arabic) we studied in the Quran, the holy book, good deeds, or any other information we wanted to save about our day. I gave my daughters different color pens and told them to write on the front. Once the pages are done, I’ll put them in a mini album to save so that I look back on 2018 (1439 in the Islamic calendar).



Cardstock pad
Tolsby Frame
Hole punch
Book Rings
Double sided tape
30 number print out

First my daughter cut out the 30 Arabic numbers into small squares.  You can make yours as large as you’d like on Word, but we made ours to fit small into the corner.

Next we measured the inside of our Ikea frame and cut 30 sheets of color paper to fit.  We hole punched two holes on one end of each sheet.

We used double sided tape to the back of the numbers and added them to the bottom corner of each sheet.

The last step is to put the frame together. Screw on the base to the top and remove the plastic insert. Add the flip cards to the frame with the book rings.

The calendar is now ready to go.  Before you flip over the next card, you could easily remove that date to write a memory on it, add stickers or decorate it any way you’d like.

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Ramadan Perler Beads Lantern {Tutorial}

Traditionally to begin our Ramadan crafts 30 day challenge series, we have used Perler Beads in making a crescent moon and star, sheep and Basmala. We thought we would continue by spending our first day of Ramadan making a lantern.


Ramadan lanterns,  فانوس‎ or fanous in Arabic, were first document to have been utilized in Egypt, when they were used to celebrate the arrival of one of the Fatima Caliphs to Cairo during Ramadan, around 960. It has also been recorded that Christian Egyptians would have used the fanous to celebrate Christmas.


My daughter used two colors for her fanous, yellow and orange, to keep things simple. She had no set pattern since one does not exist, so my daughter spent a little bit of time working with the beads until she had an outline that she liked.

Once she had filled in the rest of the beads, I turned on the iron to fuse the beads together.

Once she figured out the pattern, she tried out a few more in different colors.

I pulled out some purple bakers twine and she carefully pushed it thorough the top bead, using the sharp end of a safety pin to help. She tied off a small loop on each fanous.

Now we have a fanous banner to hang.  Not sure how long it will last, so I might add a little big of glue to the top bead, before it heads to hang in her room.

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