Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Glittery Ramadan Frame Tutorial

In Seattle today we had a massive thunderstorm that kept us inside most of the morning.

But around mid day we started to drive each other crazy, so we all piled into the car and headed to Goodwill.

We love to hit up their crafts and office section for craft ideas.  While rummaging through the picture frames, I found this little one that just begged to be taken home.

Once I got it home, my eldest daughter helped turn it into this masterpiece with just a few extra supplies. She then played with it, shaking it like a snow globe, for the better part of the afternoon.
Glittery Ramadan Frame
Supplies
Duct tape
Letter stamps
Star glitter
Small picture frame
Ink
Cardstock
Scissors
 
Take apart your frame and place the glass on top of your paper.  Cut the paper along the edges of the glass exactly.
 
 Stamp out the words RAMADAN KAREEM (Blessed Ramadan) in the middle of your cardstock. (We were able to make everything centered by gently holding our paper in half and then started stamping our letters from the middle towards the edges)

Place the cardstock on top of the backing of the frame, pour star glitter and add the glass.

Place the main part of the frame on top and holding tightly, flip everything over.  Use the duct tape on the edges so the glitter doesn't fall out when you shake your frame.

Have fun shaking your frame and seeing your stars fly across the Ramadan sky.
 
Here is our little frame next to our big frame we made last year.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Eid Night Light Tutorial

Do you want a better way to recycle all those jars you have been empting during your suhoor meals?  We finished up the last of the berry jam this dawn and ended up with a great craft project by the afternoon.

This night light was so inexpensive and easy to make. You don't have to add the Eid letters like we did. Instead, you can use this for kids who need a little extra comfort at night by personalizing it with their names.
Eid Night Light Tutorial

Supplies
Jam jar
Black spray paint
Letter stickers
Moon and star stickers
LED light
Newspaper

To get the original berry stickers off our jar, we boiled it in some hot water for a few minutes (after removing the lid).  You can also get them off with a hair dryer or embossing tool.

Dry off your jar and place the letter stickers E I D on one side.

Randomly place crescent moons and stars over other parts of the jar.  Make sure everything is on there tight, so the paint doesn't seep under the stickers.

Place the lid back on jar. Find a well ventilated area and lay down newspaper. Spray paint your jar.
 

Let your paint dry completely for a few hours and then remove the stickers.  I helped a little with my xacto knife on an edge, just to start. We also took the lid back off so it was easier to hold on while removing the stickers.
 
Place your led light inside and watch the reflections on the wall.  Since you have the lid back on tight, these might look cool floating in a pool too!
 
My photo attempts at getting a completed jar didn't turn out at planned, but in person, this really is gorgeous.  It just still smells like spray paint, so don't put it next to your bed. You don't want to wake up to a headache from the fumes. 
 
Maybe make a bunch of them and put them all over your backyard for a iftar bbq!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bahrain Crayon Holder Tutorial

Bahrain (Arabic: ‏البحرين‎), officially the Kingdom of Bahrain (Arabic: مملكة البحرين‎) is a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf and one of the 21 members of the Arab League.

The national flag of Bahrain consists of a white band on the left, separated from a red area on the right by triangles that serve as a serrated line. Although there are suppose to be five triangles, we were only able to fit in four triangles.

 I apologize to anyone from the country of Bahrain who feels that we are misrepresented their flag. I would recommend trying this craft with a larger can, so that the flag is accurate. We used a small tomato paste can, but I'd recommend using a tomato sauce can, if you are trying this at home. Or make your triangles smaller.

I will try to fix this craft after Ramadan is over and redo it so the flag is accurate. I hope that people will take my exhaustion as an excuse for this evening and allow me this tutorial for now.

Supplies
Lined cutting mat
Tomato paste can
Blue painters tape
Xacto
Ruler
Newspaper
Paintbrush
Bright red fabric paint
White fabric paint
Fabric glue
Canvas fabric (1/2 inch taller and 1 inch wider then the can)
Iron (not pictured)
Towel for ironing (not pictured)
 
 Paint the entire canvas white. Let it dry in a sunny spot or overnight.
 
Lay out the painters tape evenly on the cutting mat and use the ruler and xacto to make triangles like the ones below. We made lines across every 1 1/2 inch and then connected the corners from each 3 inch corner.  You'll end up with four triangles.
 
Place the blue triangles over the white painted canvas and paint the other side bright red.
 
 
Let your paint dry and flip your canvas over.  Iron the edges down so that the canvas fits better over the edges.
 
Place fabric glue all over the can, using a finger to spread it out, making sure to get into the crevasses of the can ridges.
 
Tightly wrap the fabric over the can, adding a little more on the end, lengthwise.
 
Fold over the edge and hold it down for a few minutes until your fabric sticks.
 
Pick up all the crayons all over the house and put then in your new holder!
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