Ramadan is almost here, and let’s be real here, we don’t know how long this pandemic is going to last, or what will happen next. As of right now, it looks like we’re going to be having iftar and sohour at home. Kiss sobhy kaber and your local arabeyet foul goodbye for now. Fear not though, you can still bring the spirit of ramadan home with these super easy and cute DIY decorations. Emphasis on super easy.
1. Paper Fawanees
If you’re anything like me, you’ve loved fawanees ramadan ever since you were little. Just seeing them all hung up outside shops warms my heart, so here’s how to make your very own!
Step 1: Fold a piece of paper in half. It can be any color, size, or pattern of paper.
Step 2: Draw a vertical line down the entire length of the page, about 2 cm from the edge. It should be drawn at the edge opposite the fold.
Step 3: Draw horizontal lines below each other, about 1cm apart, starting from the vertical line you just drew.
Step 4: Cut along these horizontal lines, and make the ends of the paper meet and glue it down.
Step 5: This step is optional; you can either grab a strip of paper and glue it down as a handle to the lantern, or leave the lantern standing and put a tea light in the centre of it.
Here’s a cute step-by-step for all my visual learners:
2. Ramadan Banners
Another simple but cute one, this one is also fairly customizable and easy. You’ll only need some colored papers and a string.
Step 1: Grab your colored paper and cut out whatever shapes you like. If you want to go full-ramadan, you can find some templates online for mosque shapes and cut your paper out to those.
Step 2: Write your letters on each piece of paper, and tape them to your string. Or you can punch holes through each piece and string your letters through. You can also choose to ditch the letters and go for a shaped banner, which is also super cute.
3. Ramadan Advent Calendar
If you’re counting down the days till ramadan, why not count down with a treat? This advent calendar is seriously super easy, and I bet you can find all these materials at home. You’ll need a large piece of poster paper, some colored markers, string, a hot glue gun, and those tiny jewelry bags that you’ll probably find loads of in your mother’s room.
Step 1: Cut out your background! Cut your poster paper into whatever shape you want. It can be a mosque, a moon, a star, anything. The world is your oyster.
Step 2: Get your string and glue it to the back of the paper as a handle, so you can hang it onto your wall.
Step 3: Grab all those jewelry bags from your mom, and lay them out accordingly. You’ll need one for each day counting down to ramadan. But no more than 30 days!
Step 4: Once you’ve laid them down, glue them in place and label each day. Write a title as well.
Step 5: This is the fun part, put a treat in every bag. Whatever you like – chocolates, gum, candy, money, whatever fits in there, why not?
Step 6: Try not to eat all your goodies in one day.
4. Tealight Candle Jars
This DIY serves the same purpose as the lanterns, but with a twist! You’ll need some paint, empty glass jars, and tealight candles for this one.
Step 1: Grab your jar and paint on a design of your choice. You can write something, paint a nice landscape, go simple and paint on some stars, you get the gist.
Step 2: Leave the paint to dry and put in your tealight. There we go, beautiful.
You can also substitute the candles for fairy lights, which would also look super pretty.
5. Eid Countdown Blocks
Another quick and fun one, these blocks are a super cute addition to your ramadan decor. You’ll need 2 wooden cubes, and some markers. If you can’t find any wooden blocks, you can make some paper cubes using a template.
Step 1: Get your cubes (paper or wood), and write down your numbers. Now, I know what you’re thinking: there’s 10 numbers and only 6 sides on each cube. Well, some numbers you may or may not need duplicates of. One the first cube, write the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. On the second cube, write 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, and 9.
Here is a template if you decide to make paper cubes, I recommend using thick paper.
I know DIYs aren’t for everyone, but these are super easy and fun if you have nothing else to do. So, why not get in touch with your creative side and make something? The power is in your hands, so yala hezzouha w e3melo ay haga. And of course, I wish you all a happy Ramadan.