Recycled Camel Paper Roll {Tutorial}

I hate to throw away paper rolls. These are always left over once we finish the kitchen towels. On A Crafty Arab in the past, we have come up with different ways to recycle them into party favors, poppers and sheep.  I recently turned my attention to another favorite animal, a camel.


Camels have a long history of being immigrants in America, having been brought from the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.  We love to think of different ways we can craft them. Recently I noticed that the used paper towel roll was the same color as a camel and wondered if I could sort out how to make a toy camel for my daughter from it.


I cut a towel roll in half and played around with it until I figured it out. My daughter made a second one with me and we took pictures to share with you. These would be fun at an Egyptian birthday party or maybe an activity at a summer camp.


We hope you try to make your own toy camel!


Recycled Camel Supplies

Towel Roll
Black sharpie

My daughter used the pencil to draw out a camel outline. I let her look at some images online to get ideas. She made sure to draw the tail and neck/head straight up. They will be bent into shape later.

She used the markers to color the hump blanket cover. She added a khatam design in the middle too!

Next she cut out the camel.

She added two big dots for eyes and two little dots for a nose.

The final step is to bend the head and tail down.

She shifted the paper around until the camel could stand on it’s own. Use the other half of the paper roll to make your camel a friend!

If you enjoyed making this camel, stop by these other fun activities

Snack Cup Camel {Tutorial}

Freezer Paper Camel {Tutorial}

Camel Fold-in {Tutorial}

Eid Camel Gift Bag Tutorial

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Sudan Writing Board {Tutorial} plus Kadis {Review}

I am so excited to once again be a co-host for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. This year I received a children’s bilingual book from Sudan to review, Kadis كديسة by Rasha Hamid.



This book is unique on so many levels, first it was written in Sudanese Arabic, a dialect I am not too familiar with, but excited to learn.  Second, it is read sideways, which allows more room for the English rhythmical text and Arabic translations. And third, it features sensational photos of Sudan, transposed with  كديسة  (kadis or cat) drawings from artist Sharhabil Ahmed.


My daughters and I enjoyed learning about Sudan through the adventures of the cats and we went online to look up more information.  We found that students historically used wood writing boards to practice their Arabic calligraphy and to help them memorize Qur’anic verses.


To help us learn the new Sudanese Arabic words in the back of the book, we made a writing board to draw what we were learning on the different pages.  I had received this chalkboard paint as a Plaid Ambassador and the Liquid Chalk was perfect for letting us draw an image, wipe it off, and draw the next.  Just like a real writing board from Sunday!  Except that with the liquid chalk, there is no smudging if someone accidentally touches it.


Artist wood panel
Chalkboard paint
Liquid chalk
Foam brush
Blank stencil

Follow the manufactures instructions on how to apply the chalkboard paint. Ours says to add three layers, waiting an hour between coats.  Once the third layer was on, we left it alone for 24 hours to set.

While we waited, we worked on making our stencils for the Arabic word for cat: كديسة and one of the cats from the book. To make the word, we laid the stencil over the book and traced out the letters. To make sure we don’t lose the hole in the last letter ة, we added lines to keep it attached.

My 11 year old daughter made this craft, so I helped her with the smaller turns in the letters, but she did the straight areas to practice working with an xacto.

We decided to go with one of the simpler cat drawings and traced it also. At this point my daughter was able to cut out the whole cat by herself with the Xacto.

We set everything aside for the next day. After the 24 were done and our wood board was dry, we conditioned it according to our directions. First we covered the whole thing with chalk. Then we wiped it off with soap and water.

We waited till our board was dry and placed our stencil on top. We sponge painted the letters.

We also added the كديسة.

Now the fun began as we used the pages of the book to inspire our drawings.

First we stared with a zir, زير, a type of clay water pot that cools water though evaporation. You can find azyar, أزيار, the plural of zir, along the way for travelers to sip on hot, windy desert days. A visual reminder of the generosity and hospitality of the Sudanese people.

While we had our paintbrush out, we also fixed the connection to make our last letter, ة, complete.

Once the chalk paint is dry, it is smudge proof.

However, with just a little water and wrist strength, it can be made clean.

Now our board is ready for our next lesson, about kusseh alsukr, sugar cane, قصب السكر.


We can add a hook to the back of the board and hang it up as art.

Grab your copy of this delightful book and support Multicultural Book Day by stopping by on Saturday for the big link party!

If you enjoyed this DIY craft and book review, pleas stop by

Sheep Origami Bookmark {Tutorial} plus Who Hid The Eid Lamb {Review}

Mosque Golden Domes {Tutorial} plus Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns {Review}


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Arabic Game Die {Tutorial}

We have game night in our home every Friday. However most of our games are in English and my daughters are trying to learn the Arabic.


We thought we would make an Arabic die to help us on game night practice our numbers. We used some left over cardboard we had, saving it from the landfill and recycling it into something useful.  An added bonus is that these dice are so easy to make that if something were to happen to it, we can quickly make another.


We decided to make it extra large so that it can be easily found. We used square pieces of cardboard that we cut into 5 inch squares.  You can adjust your die to any size by making your cardboard smaller or larger.



Six pieces of square cardboard
Silver duct tape
Decorate tape
Arabic number print outs

To make the die, the squares have to be placed out into a lower t shape,. Use athe silver duct tape used to attach them together.

Flip the t shape over and add silver duct tape to the three sides of the longer end piece.

Fold the cardboard t into a cube shape.

Add the decorative tape to the outside for extra sturdiness and to hide the silver tape.

Cut out the Arabic numbers.


Add glue to the back of the numbers and add them to the cube.

Wait a few hours for the tape and glue to set. After a few games, we also added a little bit of glue to the corners.  Throwing the die to the ground causes the decorative tape to come up.  But now with the glue, it’s ready for more games.

Check out our more games we have made like

Arabic Numbers Toss {Tutorial}

Khatam Matching Game {Tutorial}

Traveling Moon and Star Tic-Tac-Toe {Tutorial}

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