Searching for Ramadan ideas? Empty cookie tins lying around the house? Transform your cookie tins into Turkish art! Using decoupage glue, create designs on your tins by cutting carnations and tulips from paper napkins.
Tulips are native to Turkey and its nearby regions. Though we may now associate Holland with tulips the most, it was the Ottoman Turks who introduced the flower to the Dutch. Natural surroundings inspire art, and in Turkish Islamic art and architecture, tulips hold religious significance. You’ll see them everywhere – from tiles on mosque walls to prayer rugs and books – they act as a reminder of the flowers that await in the Garden of Paradise.
The Turkish word for tulip “Laleh” has the same three root letters, “a-l-h”, as the word for God, “Allah”. In many instances you’ll also see the tulip stylized to have the same shape as the word “Allah” in Arabic script which looks like this الله. A whirling dervish’s dress is also likened to a blossoming tulip! This Ramadan, embrace the tulip and its interesting symbolism with these cookie tins to share with family and friends.
- Cookie tins, spray painted white
- Caspari paper napkins in Ceramica, available at The Papery.
- Decoupage glue
- Small scissors
- Loosely trim flowers from napkins, then carefully cut around the flowers in detail.
- Remove back tissue layers from the flowers, leaving a single ply of tissue.
- Apply decoupage glue to cookie tin using paintbrush. Place flower and gently brush over it till it adheres completely. Repeat the process to form a design on cookie tin.
TIP: Caspari paper napkins are available at various retailers across the world. Find a retailer near you in United States or Europe and ask for their pattern of napkins called Ceramica. If you’re having trouble finding this pattern, many mainstream home decor stores carry paper napkin patterns inspired by Islamic cultures that you could use instead.