You may or may not be aware that just around the corner on the Islamic calendar is Ramadan, which will see millions of Muslims around the world taking part in a month-long fast during daylight hours. This represents a highly religious time for those of Muslim faith, particularly as Ramadan comes to close with signals the beginning of Eid-ul-Fitr as the fast is broken and celebrations begin.
While you may not be taking part in this tradition, the chances are high that you know someone who will. As with any occasion, it presents an opportunity to get your craft on and design beautiful Eid decorations either for you or your family and friends.
Eid Mubarak Banner
This easy-to-make banner can be designed on the computer and printed off, cut off and attached with string to hang up on the wall in the living room and/or dining room where you or the person you make the decoration for to enjoy the feast. If you don’t want to use a piece of computer software to create your design, opt for the old-fashioned way of getting the paint pots out and, perhaps, getting the little ones involved.
Banner and Ornament Assortment
Before the Eid celebrations, many Muslim families will have decorations for Ramadan in the home. Along with a banner, this assortment includes beautifully made ornaments that sit on the side. This particular example features a number of pieces that have been manufactured, but there is nothing to say that you can’t garner inspiration from the assortment as invest time into making your own pieces.
Happy Eid Plates and Napkins
This is one that is quick and simple to make and can be done either by hand or with the help of a computer. Design and create an elegant print with either the ‘Happy Eid’ or more traditional ‘Eid Mubarak’ message and transfer onto plain plates and/or napkins. These can be kept as keepsakes that make their way out of the cupboard once every year for this most special of occasions.
Crackers are fun and simple to make, requiring little more than some cut off material wrapped around a discarded cardboard tissue roll holder. The crackers picture above also feature the Islamic symbol on the body of the cracker, making for a suitable piece to place on the table as friends and family gather round to celebrate Eid. This is a crafty idea suitable for children to get involved with, creating their very own cracker.
The process of making candles isn’t something for little hands to be getting involved in, due to the high risk of burning themselves with hot wax. Candle making kits are available online and various shops and, once the candle has set into place, then you can get to work on decorating the body. This is where children can get involved with paints, gels and more.
When looking for inspiration for creating DIY decorations, it won’t hurt to familiarise yourself with the purpose of Ramadan, and the opportunities that are afforded due to religious obligations, as well as the following Eid celebrations. This will help you to design beautiful and suitable pieces that friends and family observing that tradition will be proud to feature in their home for years to come.