Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ramadan Banner Tutorial

Wow, can you believe Ramadan 2015 is over?  Doesn't it feel like it just started yesterday? We have done so many crafts during our 30 Day Ramadan Crafty Challenge and I just wanted to say shukran (Arabic for thank you) for joining us!

What better way to end the month then completing the banner on our Arabic Ramadan Countdown?  Yes, it's the first major project we did for the month, but one of my favorite quotes from Prophet Mohamed (Peace be upon him) is “If the Day of Judgment erupts while you are planting a new tree, carry on and plant it.”

So it's never too late to finish what you started!  Keep busy as much as you can, even if it means completing a project one month later.


Our chipboard box of letters had mismatched left over letters, some of which were covered in English words.  We picked out a few and will now make them all look alike.

We start by taking them outside and spray painting them all the same color as our Ramadan calendar.

While the letters are drying, we headed back inside and put Mod Podge on the chipboard banner pieces.

We laid the glued side down to our wrong side of the paper.  To make the pattern the same on all the way across, try to make the placement of the chipboard pieces symmetrical.

While those were drying, we grabbed ourletters from outside and laid them flat on the file folder.
We added a thick layer of Mod Podge to the front of them.

We took our time putting on all four of the different glitter colors.

Just a side note, we picked the colors of the glitter to match the colors of the printouts! The yellow and purple glitter is flowers and the teal and white glitter is stars.

Once the glitter has sat for an hour or so to set, we moved the letters to our cutting mat and added a layer of diamond glaze.  We were able to pick up the file folder of glitter and fold it in half to throw away, no mess! 

Our letters sat to dry for most of the day. I'd recommend letting them sit overnight if there is not enough sun where you are doing this craft. In the evening, we went back to add a layer of Mod Podge to the chipboard banners, then a layer to the back of the chipboard letters and put them together.

Let the glue dry for a little while, then take your hole punch and add two holes, once on each side of your chipboard banner pieces.

Add your cord to your letters.

Your board is done and ready to string up!

I love how all the letters look the same now.  No one would know that they were all different just a few hours ago!

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