Ramadan crafts with kids – DIY papier maché Mosque!

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Salaam Aleikum,

The first activity card in our Ramadan Calendar had the task “build a papier mache mosque” but we were busy that day so on the second day of Ramadan we started this project and now 2 weeks later we are finally finished with it alhamdulillah : ) It wasn’t planed to make it this big or that it would take this long time. But alhamdulillah now when it’s finished I really like the size of it, the kids use it as a dollhouse.

It is really easy to make this and it doesn’t need to cost much either  but it takes time, waiting for the papier maché glue to dry and also the paint. When that is all finished it is so fun to decorate it and paint the little Muslim wood dolls.

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DIY papier maché mosque tutorial:

1. First thing to do is finding a box. Big or small it is up to you.

2. Cut out windows, doors and tape/glue on the minaret. Build that second floor for the sisters (if you want). I used a paper rolls as pillars for support and the top from a shoe box as the actual floor.

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3. Cut a magazine/newspaper in small pieces.

4. Make papier maché glue (kids safe!):

4 dl water

½ dl sugar

1 ½ tsb potato starch (potatismjöl)

Mix 2 dl of water with the potato starch until even. Boil the other 2 dl with the sugar. Remove the pan with water and sugar of the heat. Now pour in the water+potato starch. Stir constantly! Allow the mixture to heat up again but do not let it boil! Now you just have to wait until it cools. 

5. Cover the whole mosque and the parts you’ve built inside (for example if you’ve built an balcony) with the papier maché. Take a little bit of glue and smear it in the piece of newspaper and lay it on the mosque. Use a round bowl (or something similar) to make the dome, if you want one. I covered my bowl with plastic foil before covering it with papier maché. It can be very hard to get it of otherwise. The more layers of paper the stronger it will get.

I have many many layers of paper on the dome. Now it is so strong that my 4 year old can sit on it without breaking.

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6. Once the papier maché is dry it is time to paint the mosque. Depending on how much glue you have used and how many layers of paper this step (waiting for it to dry) might take 2 or more days. Choose a nice color and start painting!

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7. Gather what ever you want or need to decorate the mosque. I used my prayer mat as a carpet for the mosque. Found an old glass lantern which I re-designed a bit to fit in the mosque, looks almost like a real chandelier. I have printed images with bookshelves and glued them on the walls.

Made a small minbar and a place for wudoo (also with papier maché). This mosque is inspired by the mosque Hassan II in Morocco. I especially like the way the minaret is built. I found pictures on google with the mosaic and tiles from that mosque which I printed and used as decorations on the minaret and the place for wudoo. Decorated the walls inside with mini mirrors I had saved.

The dome and some parts of the minaret are painted with Martha Stewart Pearl Paint, fantastic color! It really shimmers so beautiful. Covered up the ugly bottom with fabric lace tape. The staircase to the second floor is made from a kitchen roll, cardboard pieces (as steps) and gold glitter paper.

I used a white glitter shimmering wallpaper to cover the inside of the doors to the mosque, the edge of the second floor and the pillars. The front of the mosque is decorated with small gems. I also used gold and silver glitter glue here and there ; )

 

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8. Now the mosque is done! alhamdulillah

9. Paint some wood dolls to be little mini Muslims who can visit the mosque, pray there, make wudoo, etc. The dolls are painted with acrylic paint.

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21 Responses to Ramadan crafts with kids – DIY papier maché Mosque!

  1. Vanya 23 October, 2014 at 11:49 #

    MashaAllah, what can I say, this just made me speachless, I will try to make mosque like this, and I pray to Allah to bless you for all good that you do. Amin, May Allah bond us in Jannah Firdews. Amin. selam aleykum we rahmetullah we berekatuhu sister. 🙂

  2. umm abdullah 24 November, 2014 at 00:02 #

    Masha Allah lovely idea, and made very pretty mash Allah. may Allah bless it for you!

  3. Katja 7 January, 2015 at 14:56 #

    BarakaAllahu feeki! This is very, very nice mashaAllah

  4. hana 18 January, 2015 at 14:35 #

    Very clean nice work .

  5. Khadija ummu AbdiLlah 8 February, 2015 at 16:04 #

    As salamu alaykum wa rahmatuh Llahi wa barakatuh
    Baraka Allahu fiky ))
    We made one with your great tutorial, i can send you some photos if you want insha Allahu
    Ta3ala.
    (And please forgive me my very bad english, i write you from France ^^ )
    Jazaky Allahu khayran ))

  6. Fleur de Lys 30 March, 2015 at 12:48 #

    MachaAllah… C’est juste MA-GNI-FI-QUE !!!! Beautiful work…

  7. reem 2 April, 2015 at 14:11 #

    msA this is amazing u r amazing & i loooooooooooooooooooove ur profile pic 🙂

  8. Meryam 21 May, 2015 at 10:25 #

    Salam alaikum, mashAllah. This is beautiful! I really want to make this with my kids now and believe that it will be great way to keep them busy while they are trying (training) to fast with us.

  9. hina 22 May, 2015 at 07:38 #

    Mashallah amazing work:)

  10. UmmIdris(Kareema) 25 May, 2015 at 01:13 #

    I love everything about this. And your blog name is perfect

  11. sara 8 June, 2015 at 12:46 #

    .Mashallah verry nice

    • sara 8 June, 2015 at 12:48 #

      Mashallah verry nice

  12. umm Abdarrahaman 13 June, 2015 at 20:10 #

    MachAllah! Je suis en train de faire la même mosquée, inchAllah qu’elle soit aussi belle que celle-ci!
    BarakaLah ou fiki pour ce beau partage!!!

  13. Nafiza 28 July, 2015 at 16:42 #

    Assalamu Alaykum sister, where did you get the wooden dolls blanks from?

  14. Iman 4 August, 2015 at 11:54 #

    Asalamu alaikum sisters,

    yes were did you get the wood from?

  15. Sheeba memon 28 September, 2015 at 00:29 #

    Where do you get the dolls and the paint and the carpet

  16. Hasna 1 April, 2016 at 08:30 #

    Salam, masha Allah so great. Is there a way to rent it or buy it?

    Thank you

  17. Hasna 1 April, 2016 at 08:32 #

    Salam, Masha Allah so amazing. Is there a way to buy it or rent it?

    Thank you

  18. Sarah 2 June, 2016 at 05:25 #

    Beautiful mashallah !! What did you use to make the little people

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