Monday, June 30, 2014

Ramadan Crescent Moon Pompom Tutorial

Soft pompoms are fantastic toys for tiny hands to make. Today the tiny hands in my house made this Ramadan Crescent Moon Pompom.

Pompom maker or cardboard
White yard
Blue yarn

We used a pompom maker but you can also use cardboard to wrap your yarn around. This pompom has four layers in it and you'll need to count as you wrap. Start by just holding down the end and wrap. We never tied anything except the every end.

Wrap the blue about twenty times, then white around 30 times and the final blue should be about 45.

Then wrap the blue about 30 times, white about 20 times blue for 5 and then white for three and the final blue is five.

For the next layer, wrap the blue  about 40 times and the white about 30.

Wrap the blue about 50 times all over.

Wrap the second side in all blue.

Close the pompom maker and cut along the outside edge.

Take an extra piece of yarn and wrap it around the inside about 3 times.

Open your pompom maker and fluff out your pompom and trim any extra pieces.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Arabic Letter Window Ornaments

Once I finished my cup yesterday and took it out of the oven later, the kids were jealous that I did a craft without them. 

Since I had picked up a few more porcelain items from our local Dollar Tree, this afternoon I let them each make the first letters of their names into ornaments to hang in a window or on the side of their door frame. (I would not recommend hanging them on the door as they might fall when a door is open and closed repeatedly.  Don't ask how I know.)

White porcelain ornaments
Sharpie (Oil Based Only)
Xyron sticker maker
Arabic letters printed out on sturdy cardstock

Cut your letters to fit through the opening of your Xyron sticker maker and run them through.

Once your letters come out of the machine, carefully cut around each letter.

Place your letter in the middle of the porcelain ornament.

Take the ribbon off the ornament so that it lays flat and with the Sharpie pen start making dots.  Place them closer together around the letter and further away from each other towards the outlining areas.

Once you are satisfied with the dots, remove the sticker. usually I say to grab the Qtips and rubbing alcohol to clean up the inside, but we didn't bother with too much of the cleaning since our pieces were going to have two colors.

Choose a second color and color in the inside of the letter.

Bake it for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow it to cool completely before taking it out.

Once your letters have cooled completely, retie the ribbon back on them and hang!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Ramadan Suhoor Sharpie Mug

Well, here it is.  Another Ramadan.  Muslims all over Twitter are doing the Islamic version of Christmas caroling we like to call "Which Day Are You A'Startin'?"  It's a traditional song we sing to each other every year across the globe to start our most holy of months.

Me?  I listen to my mom.  I have no need for debates nor do I have the time to stay glued to my satellite TV to figure out which day I begin my month of fasting from dawn till dusk.  When my mom calls, I start.

I got the call late last night, so this morning I woke up super early to have my tea before I roused up the rest of the troops.  As my cup looked sad and alone, I decided to jazz it up a bit with some humor to get me through these upcoming early morning wake up calls.

I used the same supplies from My First Ramadan Sharpie Plate tutorial we did last year.  This time I used a cup instead of a plate and I made this myself in a few minutes while the children were still asleep.

Shhh - Later - Yes

White porcelain mug
Black Sharpie (Oil Based Only)

Make sure you get the Sharpie that is Oil Based.
 Place tape down across three locations on the mug so that it's easier to write in a straight line.
Tape the top and bottom first, then it'll be easier to figure out the middle.
I’m not that confident in writing that big, so I did practice a few times with a regular Sharpie on a piece of paper.  Try to use a regular Sharpie or something with a thick point as the Oil Based Sharpie you’ll be using on the mug has a similar point.

Take your time, but if you make a mistake, use a Qtip and rubbing alcohol.
Notice how I left the parts of the letters that need to go below the tape alone (the dot under the first letter in the middle word).  Once I removed the tape, I went over the missing parts and made my lines a little thicker.

Bake it for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow it to cool completely before washing or using. I kept mine in the oven for five hours after I turned it off.
When I took my mug out, the sticker on the bottom came right off.

I think it came out pretty good and to be honest, the Sharpie cost more then the mug (dollar store finds are better then more expensive mugs).  Don’t skimp on the Sharpie and use a regular one, you really do need the Oil Based brand.

Friday, June 27, 2014

30 days of Ramadan Crafty Challenge 2014

Ramadan begins on Saturday, June 28, 2014 and is a month when Muslims all over the world fast from dawn till dusk. It commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) month of fasting and prayer while waiting for Allah's (God's) words about how to live and lead.
This sacred month is an equalizer, when rich and poor will both feel what it means to go hungry. It is a reminder that we are one and the same to Allah. The end of the month is commemorated with community gatherings where those that are able are required to feed the homeless and less fortunate.

For 30 days, Muslims do not allow anything to pass their lips from dawn to dusk. This includes eating, drinking, smoking, kissing, etc. The only exceptions are menstruating, pregnant or breastfeeding women and those that are ill or traveling.

In 2011 I started a 30 days of Ramadan Crafty Challenge

My daughters and I will be continuing this tradition with 30 more crafts starting tomorrow.

Ramadan Kareem!

30 days of Ramadan Crafty Challenge 2014

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