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Sweet Fajr Ramadan Crafts

Salaam Aleikum,

Sooo Ramadan is finally here (starts tomorrow!) and I have some new free templates for you this Ramadan! Let’s start with this very popular Ramadan Mubarak Lantern Banner, yay! I’ve made it in two versions, one with colors and one in white. Get your free template below. Ramadan Mubarak to you and please remember me in your du’aa! <3

 

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Ramadan Banner in colors!

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Ramadan Banner in white!

 

…. and more templates are coming, just be patience with me 😉

The days of Ramadan are coming to an end.

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Salaam Aleikum,

It’s the same story every year, suddenly you realize it is only a few days left of this blessed month. It is time to both fill these last days with ibada and prepare for Eid. It is subhanallah a sad and happy time. Sad beacuse you know Ramadan will be over but happy for the blessing to once again experienced it and will now celebrate Eid! inshallah 🙂

I have prepared some Eid craft templates for you! 🙂 Different kinds of “Eid Mubarak” garlands, cake toppers, gift tags, islamic star templates, party hats and an “Eid Mubarak” poster <3 Here is a little preview 😉

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DIY Islamic concrete candle holders – The perfect Ramadan craft or Eid gift, mosques, stars and moon! (Free template to download)

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Salaam Aleikum,

During this term at the uni I took a course about children development. Among the books we read was about how to be creative with kids and they also said that concrete is one material children in preschool rarely have the chance to become acquainted with. This is because concrete is usually a material most women don’t use themselves (I guess this book was written long before the concrete-trend in the blog world 😉 ). Anyway, it inspired me to plan an activity with the kids for this Ramadan involving concrete. And it was truly a hit!

We were a group who made this together with a total number of 6 children between the ages 4 and 8 making concrete mosques, stars and moon 🙂 This is a fun craft to make in the beginning of Ramadan (then you can have beautiful candle holders during Ramadan) or in the end of Ramadan (to make easy and cheap Eid gifts). Yes, this is a very cheap craft if you use the concrete from hardware stores ( i Sverige ligger priset på runt 30-50 kr på en 25-kg påse).

Bismillah, lets do this 🙂 First you will need:

Concrete mix (använd finbetong, jag använde mig av märket Finja. Det finns att köpa i de flesta byggvaruhus)

A bucket and a spade to mix the concrete with

Gloves (concrete makes your skin dry)

Plastic spoons

Milk cartons

Masking tape

Scissors

Some kind of transparent plastic film or paper

Printed Islamic concrete templates (download the free template at the bottom of the post)

Liquid rubber or latex milk (latexmjölk eller formlatex) BUT, this is not necessary if you blend the concrete thick and not runny.

A brush for the latex

Candle holders. Also not necessary, but it definitely looks more nice with them but you could easily just put in a candle in the mold to make the hole.

Sandpaper or sharp knife’

Felt feet

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1. Start by cutting you milk cartoons in stripes. Don’t make them to thin depending on how thick you want your concrete candle holder to be.

2. Print your template and place your transparent film or paper above it.

3. Start tracing your template with the milk cartoons. Always use the waxed side of the cartoon to the inside of the mold. Outside out and inside in. This step will take some time. The stars are easier to begin with since they only consists of square edges (and no round-like shapes which the dome of the mosques are). Put the carton along the lines and secure them to the paper with masking tape. Use a lot of tape to secure it, don’t leave any gaps!

4. Mosques: If you are making a mosque you need to trace and cut out the hole for the candle. Trace the candle holder and tape it to the mold. Be sure here there are no gaps and that the candle holder is “inside” the mold, the edges should NOT be outside the mold. If the edges are outside the mold the candle holder will stick up from the concrete when you take it out of the mold. You want the candle holders to be invisible when you look at it from the front. AND, use a lot of tape to secure the bottom of the mosques. The mold will bend a bit when you put the concrete in and this might make the bottom skewed if you don’t tape enough.

5. Last step is to brush the latex milk in the shape. Wash the brush immediately afterwards, otherwise it will leave latex pieces in the brush which are very hard to remove. Leave to dry.

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6. Mix the concrete according to the directions on the package. Start by putting a couple inches of water in the bottom of my bucket, then pour in the concrete mix. (Om du använder dig av Finjas finbetong blandar du 1,5 dl vatten per 1 kg betong. Du kan ha i lite mer vatten i mixen)

7. Scoop the concrete out and fill a thin layer in the bottom with the plastic spoon. Press the concrete down and make it a tight layer, with the spoon or your hand. And then it’s time to shake. Shake the mold by grabbing the paper and shake it back and forth. Then pick it up (just lift in the corners on one side) and tape it or hit it back down again on the table. The shaking and the hitting helps you get all those air bubbles out of the concrete. Shaking the mold also makes the surface really nice and smooth, always finish by shaking it a bit. (You can see the difference in the picture below, before and after I shook the mold).

8. Continue filling the mold til your satisfaction. If you are making a star or moon you need to fill the mold so much so that a candle holder will fit. Push them in gently, shake a bit, push them in more (if you need) and then shake. Use pebbles, money or marbles as weights to keep the candle holders down. They might float up a bit otherwise.

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IMG_1563 9. Now it’s time for the fun part, or not 😉 The part when you need to wait for the concrete to fully set and dry. I waited one day before I removed the shape, but I believe it was completely dry after two days. You will probably need to sandpaper some sharp edges (you can use a knife also). BUT, if you have made the mosques it is a good idea to take them out of the molds after one day and test if it can stand straight. Otherwise you might need to sandpaper the bottom to make it straight.

Here is a good example of the difference between shaking the mold during the filling and not. Many little air bubbles…

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10. Time to decorate! I used mostly paint from Martha Stewart, I love those in metallic, pearl and glitter! I used a gold art metallic paint (using gold leafs would look so beautiful on these mashallah but I wanted something kiddo-friendly). The other shimmering colors are from Martha’s Pearl Acrylic Craft Paint series (den stora burken med turkos skimmerfärg är dock från Panduro).

It might be a good idea to place felt feet under the stars and moon. The concrete can be a bit rough and make scratches on your table.

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Ramadan Moroccan Lanterns <3

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The days go by so fast now, can’t believe its almost been a week since the start of Ramadan! Inshallah here is finally the template (yes, for free!) with these cute little Ramadan Moroccan inspired paper lanterns for you to download <3

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018cf103172fbc862e572f2b17132dac5f9b906b32 Cut out the “doors” and inner decor first with an x-acto knife / hobbykniv. The first model is a bit trying, it will take some time to cut out all those small shapes, but it’s worth it in the end inshallah 😉 The second model is a bit easier to start with. Cut out the entire piece and score with a bone folder / falsben along the dotted lines.

Decorate the windows with tissue paper and then glue the lantern together, all done! AND, please don’t use real tealights inside! I recommend you use led lights instead, much more safe inshallah.

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Ramadan suncatchers – Free download!

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Salaam Aleikum,

I’m so happy to share this template with you for Ramadan crafts, with or without kiddos ;). Cut out the shape with scissors or x-acto knife (use the knife for the “windows”, it is really hard to cut out a nice shape using the scissor). Cover the windows with tissue paper (if you want) and hang in the window. I hang mine with fishing thread (I don’t want the thread to show).

 
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Date truffles and free download Ramadan Mubarak gift tags

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Salaam Aleikum,

Second day of Ramadan has arrived alhamdulillah. I have planed different activities with the kids during Ramadan, some small tasks (new one every day) and other bigger projects which will continue for several days inshallah. This was our project for the second day, Date Truffles! I have planned to make these for several years but never got around to do it. Now I don’t understand why because they were so easy to make alhamdulillah. 
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Here is the recipe for Date Truffles (about 30-40 balls depending which size you make):

500 g dates

40-50 g butter

2 tbsp cocoa powder

(1 tbsp cinnamon powder, if you like it)

1 tsp vanilla essence

Pick out all the seeds (my kids also did this together with me, if you do the same make sure that there are no seeds in the mix before you blend it!). Mix the dates with all ingredients, start by cutting the dates with a scissor (if you don’t have a powerful blender like me 😉 ) and then mix the dates with a blender. Mix through the paste with your hands to make sure it’s  smooth and nice. Shape round balls and coat them in cacao powder.

Put the truffles in a cellophane bag or a cute box, decorate the bag with a ribbon and a Ramadan Mubarak tag. Give them to family, neighbors or friends inshallah : ) Bismillah!

You find the pdf for the Ramadan Mubarak tags at the bottom of the post 🙂
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Ramadan countdown – Free download calendar

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Now I have finally finished these Ramadan countdown (to Eid!) calendars alhamdulillah. They come i three different languages; English, Arabic and Swedish : ) There are two different color themes, pink-orange or blue-teal. Just print it out and put it up with some tape (looks even better if you have some colorful washi tape at home) and start the counting 😉

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English – Ramadan Countdown (blue teal)

English – Ramadan Countdown (pink orange)

 

Arabic – Ramadan Countdown (blue teal)

Arabic – Ramadan Countdown (pink orange)

 

Svenska – Nedräkning till Eid (blå turkos)

Svenska – Nedräkning till Eid (rosa orange)

 

 

 

Ramadan crafts! Free printable Ramadan Mubarak Garlands

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Salaam Aleikum,

Alhamdulillah Ramadan is closing in, may Allah let us experience this blessed month! I have worked on some Ramadan freebies for you and I’m so happy to finally put them up here on the blog. First up is three different sets of Ramadan Mubarak Garlands. They come in different colors but the theme is still flowers : )

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I will find the .pdf templates at the bottom of this post inshallah. Cut out the circles (either by hand or using a paper punch in 3″ / 8 cm wide), punch out or cut out those small holes at the top and put a ribbon or string through the holes. Ramadan Mubarak dear sisters and brothers! <3



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Pirate theme for Eid – Diy Pirate Treasure

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Salaam Aleikum,

We (I) are slowly preparing our stuff for Eid this year alhamdulillah. Last years Eid’s with stress the days before and late nights really got me so tiered. Subhanallah, why does it alway get like that? : ) This year we are taking it slow, preparing little by little with plenty of time left.

My kids have become really interested in pirates the last couple of weeks, so I decided to spin on that trail. For Eid they will be getting this huge pirate treasure filled with gold (chocolate money), lollipops and a small toy (haven’t put it in yet). This was so much fun making! Really there is no wrong here, just go with the flow. A lot of stuff I bought from thrift finding stores alhamdulillah, you can’t really buy new stuff for this kind of project haha, it needs to have old things ; )

Pirate theme is easy fo me to do with my kids (very small) but if you have older kids this could be a muslim war booty mashallah : ) That is sooo much more fun than playing pirates. Now you are on your way to Badr, eager to win (or find) that war booty with the caravan filled with gold, gems and silk ; )

 

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Here is a quick tutorial how to make it:

1. Find a cardboard box, don’t take a too big box, and a simple sheet ? of cardboard.

2. Cut of the top.

3. Roll the cardboard sheet, this makes it’s so easier later when you bend it to become the lid. Then cut it so it will fit the box and have the right length, depends on how high you want it.

4. Glue it to the back of the box ( I used my gluegun for everything in this project, it goes so fast alhamdulillah!)

5. Cut out half circles to fit the sides of the lid. I just hold the lid in the shape I wanted. Then I drew it of on the cardboardsheet.

6. Tape or glue on the sides to the lid. the sides will keep the lid in shape.

7. I wrapped my box with a brow gift paper, you don’t have to do this, I did it because my box was a bit to damaged.

8. Use brown or black color to create that wood imitation on it.

9. Drape the inside with some beautiful fabric.

10. Glue on two belts (or just paint them in gold color)

11. Add some gold glitter anywhere you like.

12. Fill with CANDY! : )

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Happy Eid, right?

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Salaam Aleikum my dear friends,

They blessed days of Ramadan are passing by, one by one. One week left until we all get to celebrate and feel joy during Eid alhamdulillah. I have made some decorations for you to put up in your home, creating that special feeling for Eid. Filling those  bonbons with candy and giving them as gifts to your children. You know, these things are really really hard to think about today. Some of us are spening our Eid in peace and happiness while some of my other sisters and brothers are spending their Eid in terror and grief. So, so many children are spending their first Eid without their mother and father, maybe even all alone subhanallah. So, Happy Eid right?

These printable templates were at firts going to be for free, like many other templates I’ve shared with you this month. But this one I simply can’t. Putting these up in your home, preparing gifts to your children when YOU KNOW there are thousands of Muslim children who on Eid might get nothing but bullets or bombs as gifts. La ilaha illallah!

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I would like to feel some happiness on Eid and I can’t have that unless I know I have at lest tried a little bit to give happiness to the children in Gaza and Syria. These Eid templates are now available in my “Instant download” category in the shop. The package consists of 4 different buntings, and Eid Floral Garland, Eid Tags (Swedish, English and Arabic), “Bonbon” Candybox template, an Eid Card and 5 new designs for the pop-up mosque.

 

And the price? It’s 100 Swedish kronor which is the equivalent for buying an Eid gift to an orphan child (through the charity organisation SolidaritetsCenter in their current “Ramadan Campaign”).

 

All the money will be donated for this cause, so your 100 kr is in fact 100 % sadaqah for you inshallah. Let’s see how many Eid Gifts we can raise!

 

Buy the “Eid Decoration Package” here.

 

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I ask you during this blessed days to please support this project of mine and share it.

May Allah bless and reward you all <3

 

// Umm Jabir

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