Guest blogger Natasha Kazi shares with Hello Holy Days! a clever and easy tutorial for DIY Eid cards: finger paint dates!
I love fingerprint crafts for kids. Shape-based art is so interesting, and fingerprints are so personal. So during Ramadan, our family makes finger paint dates. Who knew that fingerprints are the perfect texture and size to make plump Ramadan dates?
This card is perfect for making with small children. The kids provide their cute little fingers. Grown-ups or older kids can use a permanent gold marker to design the bowl. I am working on my hand-lettering skills, so I tried my hand (ahem) at it. But a simple Happy Eid is cute too!
- Non-Toxic Finger Paints (red, blue, and yellow)
- Paint Mixing Bowl
- Paint Mixing Spoon
- Blank Cards + Envelopes
- Gold Marker
- Black Marker
- Paper Towels (just in case)
- Lightly sketch the shape of your bowl onto the cardstock. The top line can be straight or curved. It is a guideline, so you know where to put the fingerprints! I do this in advance.
- Mix your finger paints to make brown. You can create brown from the primary colors red, yellow, and blue. Since red and yellow make orange, you can also make brown by mixing blue and orange.
- Start finger painting! Depending on your child’s age, they can decide where the dates are in the bowl. For smaller children, ages 2-4, I would guide them a bit more to make sure the dates are sitting above the bowl.
- Let the paint dry completely. This might take a few hours, depending on how chunky you made the dates.
- After the paint is dry, draw the rest of your bowl shape lightly in pencil. This would be a good time to lightly sketch out your message above the dates: Ramadan Kareem, Happy Ramadan, Eid Mubarak, Happy Eid!
- Now let’s get permanent! With the permanent gold marker, draw the shape of your bowl. If your kids are old enough, they can do this step, or at least fill in the gold outline with a gold crayon/colored pencil.
- Take your black sharpie and write your greeting above the card. There are great Youtube videos on hand-lettering if you want to go above and beyond. Or you could write it in big sans serif letters. I find the hand-drawn element charming.
Voila! You’re done. I purchased these cards, which came with envelopes. It made these cards easy to mail out. May you have a blessed Ramadan and a happy Eid!
About the Guest Blogger: Natasha Khan Kazi was born in Bangladesh and grew up in Texas and Pennsylvania. She is a writer and illustrator of children’s books (https://www.natashakhankazi.com). She shares educational and cultural resources for kids on her blog entitled “IslamiMommy” (https://www.islamimommy.com). She currently lives in California with her family.