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Make your own Ramadan bunting + free printable!

May 16, 2017

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When I did my Eid bunting last year, I told myself that although the process was fun with the kids, I’d need to come up with a way to make Ramadan bunting a lot easier the following year. I wanted to have everything ready well in advance of Ramadan this year, so I’m all sorted with our decorations now (we keep it simple here) and it took me all of 15 minutes to do it!

You’ll need:

  • Bunting triangles – I used IKEA’s SPRUDLA garland flags. At £3.75 for 48 – these were a bargain. They are excellent quality and come with pre-made holes for you to thread through. If you don’t have access to an IKEA, you can get these on Amazon. They’re glittery but understated, affordable and come in the exact number that you need.
  • Glue dots or any adhesive. I find glue dots halve the time needed to complete just about any craft! I always have these at home.
  • Scissors
  • Alphabets to place on the bunting (you can download those for free at the end of the post)
  • Some ribbon, twine or yarn to thread through the bunting.

To see how I put it all together, watch the video below:

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How simple is that? You’ve got something you made yourself, that you can do with the kids and cost barely anything at all! When Eid rolls around, you can use the printable on my Eid bunting post. All you have to do is print the first page of the printable and create two new pieces of bunting with an E and I on them. Then use the leftover ‘D’ from Ramadan and the other half of the bunting that says ‘Mubarak’ and you have new festive bunting!

You can reuse the bunting year in and year out which makes it even more cost effective. If you’ve got more time on your hands and you’d prefer to use paper or card that matches your colour theme – go for it! My Eid bunting post also has a bunting triangle template, so if you don’t want to buy readymade triangles, you can create your own.

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DIY Ramadan Good Deed Calendar for your Little Muslim

May 12, 2017

ramadan calendar‘What on earth is a good deed calendar?’ I hear you ask. Think Advent calendar, without the chocolate, expense or having to find a spot for it.

This year, I wanted the kids to really get into the spirit of Ramadan this year and do a little countdown to Eid. I knew we’d need a calendar, but I wanted to add to our Ramadan/ Eid traditions and make one myself that we will use every year.

It was important to make sure that whatever I came up with; took no space at all, didn’t involve chocolate, and was easy and age-appropriate for the kids. So this is what I came up with.

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The calendar consists of a frame (that you can re-use over and over again and use to display a picture outside of Ramadan time), envelopes, good deed cards for the day and that’s about it.

You’ll need:

A frame or a piece of cardboard or canvas. I got this IKEA FISKBO frame for £5. It measures 50×70 cm.

Envelopes – If you use the same sized frame, you will only be able to fit 30 envelopes on if they are C7 envelopes. I got mine here.

Good deed cards – I used some leftover scraps of scrapbooking paper and stuck some white labels on and then cut around them so they had a little border. These will be reused so I wanted them to look nice. You could just print these off, cut them into strips and pop them into the envelopes. Whatever works for you!

(Optional) – I used some glitter card that I got at Poundland and my With A Spin cookie cutters to cut out a masjid and a moon and star to jazz it up a little. I added some tiny LED fairy lights that I got at Poundland (I’m becoming a regular!) just for extra effect because I have younger children.

Occasional treats to compliment the good deed calendar

I also purchased several little bits and bobs (they’re called party bag fillers here in the UK) that I know the kids would love, to give them as a treat on some (not all) days. These were all really inexpensive. Here’s a list of what I purchased:

Window walker ladybugs

Bendy pencils

Mini dinosaur figurines

Temporary dinosaur tattoos

11-inch punch balls

Animal finger puppets

Since these came in larger quantities, I’ll be using the rest of the items as fillers for children’s Eid gift bags.

To see how I put it all together, watch the video below:

What I put in the good deed calendar

Here’s a list of the good deeds that went into this calendar (in no particular order). My children are 3.5 and 2 years old. Some of these were inspired by The Visual Age’s free Ramadan resources:

  • Thank Allah for something today
  • Donate some toys with Mummy today
  • Clean your spot in the car before you get out today
  • Learn the dua’a for entering the toilet (use my free duaa printables for this)
  • Help Mummy to cook today
  • Keep your room tidy today
  • Thank Allah for giving you Ramadan today
  • Bake cookies for a neighbour today
  • Call a family member (grandparent/ aunt/ uncle etc.) today
  • Smile at everyone today
  • Remember to say your salaam today
  • Set the table for all your meals today
  • Recite Surah Al Ikhlas today
  • Make Eid cards for your family today
  • Pray with your parents today
  • Put money in the donation box at the masjid today (you could slot these ones in on Fridays specifically)
  • Recite Surah Al Fatihah today (the calendar starts with this)
  • Do something nice for your sibling today
  • Say a prayer for someone today
  • Recite Surah Al Falaq today
  • Use your thank you’s, please’s, Bismillah etc today
  • Recite Surah An Nas today
  • Learn the dua’a for entering the home (use my free duaa printables for this)
  • Learn the dua’a for leaving the toilet (use my free duaa printables for this)
  • Help Mummy to make Eid food gifts for family & friends today

If you try this, I’d love to see what you come up with! Please tag me on Instagram or Facebook. If you enjoyed this post and found it useful, please share it with your family and friends. Thank you!

Creating, Parenting

DIY Lifebook for your Muslim child

March 21, 2017

DIY Lifebook for your Muslim ChildAbout a year ago, my sister shared a keepsake product for children with me. It was essentially a lifebook for your child that would store letters you wrote them once a year for 18 years. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to try and make my own version of it – a DIY Lifebook for the Muslim child.

For those of us too busy to scrapbook or not so creatively inclined, this is a fairly simple DIY Lifebook to put together. Although simple, the finished product is heartwarming and something that both you and your child will cherish. Continue Reading…

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DIY Eid Mubarak bunting: Guide + Free Printable!

September 10, 2016

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We’re only a couple of days away from Eid ul Adha people – it’s crunch time. For some reason, I feel like Eid ul Adha is celebrated with a lot less enthusiasm compared to Eid ul Fitr and that is just pants. I’ve been trying to make sure the kids enjoy Eid this time around just as much as they did Eid ul Fitr and one of the things I got them excited about was bunting!

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Liquid soap: Make your own

July 24, 2016

Liquid soap When Yusuf was diagnosed with food allergies and eczema, we tried what felt like a gazillion things in an effort to try and heal his sore skin, before I decided to only purchase and use natural products for us all. It was then that I came across Sunnah Skincare, who offer excellent quality products made using the finest organic, halal, and fair trade (where applicable) ingredients. I’ve been using their products for almost two years now and purchased their lavender and chamomile baby soap and shampoo in April last year. Their soap products arrive in bar form and you can use them directly on the skin and hair in the case of the lavender and chamomile bar, but given that bathing both the kids now is akin to wrestling with slippery eels, I decided to try turning the bar into liquid soap.

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Make your own money wallets

December 23, 2015

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I love making these money wallets – not least because of how simple they are to make – but look at how pretty they are! I mean, have you ever seen money wallets this lovely? They’re personalised, take about 10 minutes to make and demonstrate that you’ve put a little more work into them than the recipient is expecting.

I made these last Eid and will continue to in the future insha’Allah (God willing) and make them a little tradition of ours. Hopefully when the kids are older, they can help with sticking the labels on and folding the flaps and things.

All you will need is some scrapbooking paper – I say ‘all’ but really you will stand in the scrapbooking aisle at the craft store and be completely spoilt for choice. I picked 6 packs of paper and it took me 20 minutes to pick a pattern! There is plenty of paper in a pack though so I have lots left over for next year or other occasions.

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