Saturday, 23 May 2020

My "Eid Mubarak" Flower Gifts - 30 Day Craft Challenge


My "Eid Mubarak" Flower Gifts - 30 Day Craft Challenge



Salam, as mentioned on my previous blog post - we're all about Eid preparations now! The last week of Ramadan has been quite the whirlwind. I wish I was able to get these crafts out to you way earlier for Eid, but hopefully, if you don't have time to do them now, you can try some of these for the next Eid - or next year!

This craft corresponds to Day 26 of our Craft Challenge. Today we learned a little about chromatography, mixing colours, and the spirit of giving, all in one craft! We used coffee filters and food colours to make these amazingly vibrant flower favours/gifts. My children were so amazed at how they were able to mix colours and then see them spread all over the coffee filters. The most amazing thing was that they could make these colourful papers into a flower! Browse below to see how we were able to make these flowers to add to all of our Eid Mubarak Gifts. 

Materials:
  • Food colours
  • Coffee filters
  • Water in a cup
  • Paint brushes
  • Liquid droppers (optional)
  • Pipe cleaners - we used green for the stem
  • Palette to mix colours (or small bowls)
  • Scissors
  • Spray bottle with water 
    Here's what we started with
Steps:
  1. Place a sheet of wax paper or plastic - something water proof under your coffee filter
  2. Spray the filter with water to moisten the filter 
    Spray, spray!
  3. Use your dropper or paintbrush to add colour. You can dilute the food colour in water, mix various colours or use the food colour directly for a very vibrant result
    Mix colours, see them spread over the filter - so fun!
  4. Once you've filled the entire coffee filter - place aside to dry. We placed ours outside in the sun for a very quick dry
    They were blowing away in the wind so we placed rocks on them while they dried
  5. Once dry, you can cut the filter into a flower shape. First fold the coffee filter in half, then half again, and again, and then a 4th time. Then cut the tip of the folded filter into any shape - diagonal, wavy, pointy. 
    Such a cool result!
  6. Open up the filter and see the beautiful flower shape! 
    Here are our flower shapes
  7. Now you can add your pipe cleaner to make the stem - bunch up the bottom portion of the flower and wrap your pipe cleaner around it. 
    Hadi's finished product!
  8. Alternatively, you can make a cone shape but cutting the diameter of the filter and rolling it to give you a cone shape. 
  9. Your "Eid Mubarak" flower is ready for gifting!
    So many different colours!

    Add them to a mason jar or vase for a beautiful look

I hope this craft brightens your mood and brings joy and colour into your lives! Stay tuned as I post the rest of the activities/crafts for the Craft Challenge. Only 4 more to go! Eid Mubarak!

My "Eid Mubarak" Egg Carton Wreath - 30 Day Craft Challenge

My "Eid Mubarak" Egg Carton Wreath - 30 Day Craft Challenge



Salam, first of all, so sorry for the "hiatus" - the last couple of days have been quite busy! Eid preparations are in full swing, and, although we have been crafting every day - I just haven't had the time to post our crafts! Today's post represents Day 25 of the Crafting Challenge and there were only 5 days left before Eid so you can guess how excited the kids were. They wanted to make sure all of our crafts were related to Eid. Today we made another decoration to enjoy the Eid ul Fitr festivities.

Once again, the items I used for this craft were easily found within the house. Today we used an empty egg carton to make a hanging wreath! The finished product looks amazing and we are so happy. Take a look below to see how we took an empty egg carton and transformed it into a beautiful piece of decor for our home!

Materials:

  • Egg carton - ours was an 18-egg one
  • Paint - we used acrylic paint and we chose three colours
  • Paint brushes
  • Palette
  • Paper Plate
  • Glue gun
  • Stickers or glitter to decorate
  • Scissors and I also used an Xacto knife 
  • Two strips of paper and markers
    Some of the items we used


Steps:
  1. Cut and separate each egg compartment from the egg carton (I used an Xacto knife to help with this part) 
    Start cutting these all out individually! An Xacto knife helps
  2. Use scissors to trim the loose pieces around the egg cartons
  3. Begin painting - we chose three colours and painted 6 of each colour 
    Here's how they look once they've been painted with acrylic paints
  4. Allow these to dry - we placed ours in the sun for very fast drying
  5. Cut a large circle in the middle of your plate - you have the option of painting this paper plate or leaving it as is. Ours was already a floral theme so I didn't paint it 

  6. Once the painted egg cartons are dry - start using your hot glue gun to stick them on following a pattern 
    Turned out pretty nice! Now for the decorations
  7. With the extra egg cartons, decorate the outer part of the wreath
  8. Use stickers, or glitter to fill the inside of the cups - this will give your wreath a more festive look 
  9. Write Eid Mubarak on two separate strips of paper and glue or tape them to the back of the wreath so they are visible in the middle
  10. In order to hang the wreath you can use a 3M hook or ribbon, but we just used double sided tape
  11. We placed ours on our front door, but you can place it anywhere you like! 
Thank you dear friends for supporting me and joining me on this journey! I am so happy with the parents and teachers I have met along the way. Hopefully you can come back to check out our next Craft Challenge post. Five more to go!

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

My "Eid Mubarak" Lawn Sign - 30 Day Craft Challenge


My "Eid Mubarak" Lawn Sign - 30 Day Craft Challenge



Salam! As we approach the final days of the Month of Ramadan, we are beginning to prepare for the biggest celebration in the Muslim World - Eid ul Fitr. My children realized that there aren't many days left before we celebrate Eid, so they wanted to make an "Eid Mubarak" sign. For Day 24, I allowed them to get creative with painting and make their own Eid Mubarak Lawn Signs. 

I poured several different colours of paint, provided paintbrushes, sponge shapes, and poster paper and let them design their own signs! We had a lot of fun with this activity and they didn't want to stop painting! I admit, I rarely bring out the paints - its quite a bit of work to contain the mess and then clean up afterwards. However, today we were blessed with the perfect circumstances (my 18 month old daughter took a longer than usual nap) and the boys were very helpful. 

Take a look below and see if you're inspired enough to make your own Eid Mubarak Lawn Signs!

Materials:
  • Poster paper - we used 11inx14in
  • Paint - we used poster paint
  • Paintbrushes - or sponges
  • Cardboard 
  • Scissors
  • Construction paper - or any paper
  • Glue stick/School glue
  • Tape

Steps:
  1. Lay out your poster paper for your children and have the paintbrushes and paint ready
  2. Allow them to get creative, suggest moons, stars or a masjid for inspiration 
  3. I cut out some shapes from a piece of packing foam that I found - this worked quite well. 

  4. Allow their artwork to dry completely 
  5. Cut out the letters, or print out the letters, for Eid Mubarak
  6. Paste the letters on the poster 

  7. In order for the lawn signs to be secure on your lawn, decide what you would like as stakes - we used large cardboard panels 
  8. Cut out the cardboard panels, about 8-10cm in width and enough length to cover the length of the poster
  9. Optional: paint the panels if you like
  10. Tape these cardboard panels to the back of your poster 
  11. Dig holes in your lawn and slide the cardboard panels inside
  12. Refill the holes with rocks and dirt to hold the poster securely, and voila!


Note: Do bring in the Lawn Sign at any sign of rainfall or heavy winds!

My dear crafting friends, thank you so much for joining me during the homestretch of our challenge! Hard to believe that we only have 6 more crafts to go! Stay tuned to see what we have in store for the last few days of Ramadan! See you soon. 

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

My Virtue "Merit Badge" Craft - 30 Day Craft Challenge


My Virtue "Merit Badge" Craft - 30 Day Craft Challenge





Salam everyone, it's been a busy few days and I'm playing "catch up" by posting all our crafts from previous days. This craft was from Day 23. We talked about characteristics that would allow us to be good human beings. We discussed what a "virtue" is and how it makes us happy if we are able to reflect these great attributes. We made some badges to represent a few of the virtues that we brainstormed. The boys happily wore the "Merit Badge" of their choice while demonstrating the appropriate characteristics. I needed some help cleaning up our table after the craft was complete and my younger son happily wore his "Helpful" merit badge to help me complete the task!

Try this out with your little ones and see what kinds of virtues they come up with. My older son came up with the virtue, "Beneficent" and said, "Mama, I've heard that this means you want to help benefit others". We gladly made a "Beneficent" merit badge together. Follow the easy steps below to make a few of your own!

Materials:
  • A few different colours of construction paper 
  • Scissors, I also used a paper trimmer but that's optional
  • Glue stick or liquid school glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wooden Clothespins
  • Markers
    What we used for this craft
Check our this YouTube video to see how we did this activity: Here
Steps:
  1. Cut strips of the construction paper on the long side of your paper (about 2cm in width). You will need about 6-8 strips per merit badge
    I used a paper trimmer but you can use scissors too
  2. Now begin gluing the strips, one on top of another. Start with an X shape and keep working your way around. Try to distribute the strips as evenly as possible. 
    Gluing them one on top of the other
  3. Now glue the ends of the strips and stick them on the the centre of your badge, go around in a circle and do this for all the strips 

    Then sticking the ends to the centre
  4. Once you've glued all the ends - flatten the folds with your fingers and it should appear like the image below. 
    This is what Hadi's looked like after he was done gluing them all
  5. Cut two wider rectangles of constriction paper and cut out a triangle shape on the bottom 
    Hadi wanted his to be two different colours
  6. Glue those, one on top of the other, on the back of the badge. 
    He glued them on the back
  7. Cut a circle shape out of paper - we used white paper for this at least 10-15cm in diameter
  8. Allow your child to write their favourite virtue on this circle
  9. Glue the circle on the front of your merit badge.
    "Beneficent" got glued to the front
  10. Now, turn on your hot glue gun and use it to glue the wooden clothespin to the back of the badge
    Mama assisted with using the glue gun
  11. You should be able to clip it onto your child's shirt safely!
    Sticks right to the back
  12. Enjoy practicing all these great virtues! 
    And then on his shirt!

Lots of different virtues to work on

Thanks for joining me once again on this crafting journey! I'm finding it hard to believe that I'm posting my 23rd craft! I really appreciate all your love and support along the way. Leave a comment below to let me know if you're enjoying the crafts. 

Sunday, 17 May 2020

Our Homes "Light Up" Craft - 30 Day Craft Challenge


Our Homes "Light Up" Craft - 30 Day Craft Challenge



Salam, today I'll be posting about the craft we did on Day 22. I wanted to discuss the significance of Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Power). For this we read the book, "The Most Powerful Night", by Ndaa Hassan. It started off with the recitation of Surat al Qadr and then a beautiful description about the importance of Laylatul Qadr. Growing up, I also heard from our elders that the homes in which the people are reciting Quran and performing prayers during this night "Light Up" so that the angels can descend upon it. The angels bring peace and blessings upon this home and all its inhabitants. 

The "Lighting Up" of homes inspired our craft for the day. We used construction paper and chalk to draw houses and then we taped them together to get a 3-D effect. Once the house stood up on its own I placed an LED candle inside to allow it to light up. It created a beautiful look and the kids were mesmerized. I hope you are able to make your homes light up by following the simple steps below!

Materials:
  • Construction paper - we used black so that our chalk would appear nicely 
  • Chalk or a Chalk Marker, I found something called a "Chalk Writer" at the dollar store which worked really nicely too
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • LED candle to place inside your home
    Today's material list was super simple
Steps:
  1. Allow your child to get creative and draw four separate houses 
    Conventional Chalk - pretty messy
  2. At first we used conventional chalk but it became very messy and it was spreading all over the paper so we switched over to our "Chalk Writer" and were very pleased with the results 
    Definitely a great Dollar Store find!
  3. After drawing four houses, start to cut them out - we also cut out some of the windows and doors
    Getting our cutting practice 
  4. We then taped all four of the houses together in a row
    He thoroughly enjoys taping
  5. Then prop up the house and tape the final side to allow it to be a 3-D house
  6. Place and LED candle inside and watch the house "Light Up"
    The final product!
  7. Tell a story about Laylatul Qadr, and make it extra special for your child!
    We highly recommend this book for all little readers - very well written!

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