Ramadan Special

 Life during the pandemic can feel surreal at times, so to keep you entertained we have listed down a few easy to do Ramadan DIYs that you can try and add a special touch to your home with, to celebrate the Holy Month.

Note: Ramadan expected to begin on April 24.


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Paper Lanterns Craft

They’re really easy to make, so make a bunch and then string them on a piece of ribbon to create a decorative garland to hang in your home this Ramadan.

 You will need:

  • Card Stock
  • Ruler
  • Punch Holder
  • Ribbon

Steps:

1. Cut out 5 strips of cardstock paper, 6″ long and 1″ wide.

2. Leaving an inch on the left side (that will be the top of our lantern), fold the strips every 1/2″. (You can use a ruler to mark where to fold). It’s important that the folds of all the strips line up to get a clean looking lantern.

3. Punch holes on both ends of the strips and stack the strips on top of each other.

4. Take a piece of ribbon and fold it in half. String this “loop side” through the “top end” of your strips (remember the top end is where we left that extra inch before beginning our fold.)

5. String the ribbon through the other end of the strips as well and tie knots on both ends. Fan out the strips and you’re done! (You’ll need to adjust the top/bottom of your lanterns with your fingers)

Images and DIY Courtesy: https://www.helloholydays.com/2014/06/25/paper-lanterns-craft/

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Party Crackers

Children and adults will love breaking open these festive paper crackers!

You will need:

  • Crepe paper in purple, gold, blue, yellow, and pink
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Gold twist ties
  • White paper
  • Small gold star stickers
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue

Steps:

1. Cut 11 x 11-inch square of dark purple or gold crepe paper

2. Attach a piece of double-sided tape to a cardboard tube, place on one edge of crepe paper, and roll to cover tube.

3. Secure a twist tie on one end of the cardboard tube. Fill tube with treats. Secure the other end with another twist tie.

4. Cut a strip of crepe paper in a contrasting color and glue to rolled party cracker.

5. Draw small moons onto white paper, and cut. Glue moons in the center of party cracker, affixing a small gold star sticker.

Images and DIY Courtesy https://www.marthastewart.com/1503851/eid-party-crackers

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Lantern Streamers

Will surely bring in the vibes of the Holy Month

You will need:

  • Glitter cardstock, 3 sheets in any 2 colors
  • Clipart
  • Self-healing mat
  • Cutting knife
  • Small hole punch
  • Chain rings
  • Cellophane, (yellow and blue)
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Masking tape
  • Fishing line

Steps:

1. Download and print a lantern with window clipart. Cut out the lantern and each of its windows.

2. Use masking tape to position and secure the clip art over the glitter cardstock. Cut out the lantern from the cardstock using scissors; cut windows using a cutting knife and self-healing mat.

3. Reposition the clipart over the cardstock to cut out more lanterns.

4. Cut out squares of cellophane, sized to cover the windows of the lanterns. Layer a sheet of yellow cellophane with blue cellophane to create a light blue color reminiscent of real glass.

5. Attach sheets of cellophane to the back of cardstock lanterns using double sided tape.

6. Using a small hole punch, make holes at the top and bottom of the cardstock lanterns.

7. Connect the lanterns using chain rings. Hang using fishing line.

Image and DIY Courtesy: https://www.helloholydays.com/2015/05/18/ramadan-lantern-streamers/

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Ramadan Calendar with Ornaments

The perfect decoration for the living or the kids room.

You will need:

  • 30 plastic ornaments
  • Purple and yellow pom poms, plain and sparkly
  • Star shaped paper punch
  • Small hole punch
  • Yellow card stock paper
  • Scrap piece of white cardstock paper
  • Plain white computer paper (for writing out acts of kindness)
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Purple ribbon
  • Numeral stickers (optional)

Steps:

1. Write out 30 acts of kindness on a plain white sheet of computer paper. Cut each one out and fold up.

2. Fill a clear plastic ornament with purple and yellow pom poms.

3. Add the folded up sheet with the act of kindness written on it. Repeat the same with the rest of the ornaments.

4. Use a star shaped paper punch and yellow cardstock paper to cut out stars. (You can also cut out crescent moons on a scrap piece of white card stock

5. Use the small hand punch to make a piercing at the top of each star and crescent moon

6. Number each star with either stickers or a marker

7. Thread twine through the star and then thread the twine through the ornament. Tie a knot. Repeat for all ornaments.

8. Hang all ornaments on purple ribbon and display the garland. (Use really strong hooks to hang the garland)

Images and DIY Courtesy: https://www.helloholydays.com/2018/04/30/ramadan-calendar-ornaments/

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HAPPY CRAFTING! 😊

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Alina, is passionate about food (especially desserts), books, DIY + coffee! Living in the UAE, she is an Interior Design by degree, also a mom to an adorable 8-year-old girl. She’s not on social media but you can reach her via her email: theclumsypenguin@hotmail.com