Giving gifts on Eid? Of course you are! Get the kids involved in the gift giving tradition by making this festive goat gift topper! Beautiful bejewelled leaves flanked with a mini goat will add a touch of sparkle and whimsy to gifts wrapped in kraft paper. It’s a simple and chic way to elevate your Eid al Adha gifts. Plus, it only take a few minutes to make with Kid Made Modern’s Jewelry Jam craft kit!
- Make the leafs of this festive goat gift topper using green pipe cleaners and the leaf beads included in the Jewelry Jam Kit.
- To do this, cut a piece of pipe cleaner about 5″ long. Then cut smaller pieces of pipe cleaner, in varying lengths such as about 1.5″ and 2.5″ inches long. Wrap these around the 5″ pipe cleaner to create a leaf shape.
- Once you’ve created your leaf shape with pipe cleaners, simply string on the leaf beads from the kit onto the pipe cleaner. You can make one leaf or you can make multiple leafs and join the pipe cleaners together into a branch. (For my final gift topper, I attached two leafs of different sizes together into a branch.)
- Now you’re ready to add on your gift topper to your gift! Wrap your gift in plain kraft paper. I’m using a gold ribbon to wrap the gift. Make one knot of the ribbon and then wrap on your pipe cleaner gift topper.
- Cut a 3″ piece of green thread included in the jewelry jam kit and tie it around your plastic goat. Then tie the goat to the knot you made with your ribbon.
- Finally, make the ribbon into a bow. Your pipe cleaner gift topper and your mini goat should now both be tucked nicely under the bow.
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On Eid, Muslim cultures cook their finest food and some of these foods often include saffron, the most expensive and luxurious of spices. Saffron is harvested in the autumn most popularly in Spain, Iran and Kashmir, from beautifully fragrant flowers that vary in shades of purple depending on the region. With Eid-ul-Adha also taking place in the autumn this year, add seasonal flair with DIY saffron flowers. Made with crepe paper, these flowers do require a fair amount of skill and practice but nothing too complex that a beginner couldn’t handle. Arrange these paper flowers into a centre piece for your table – they will perfectly compliment your saffron spiced menu.
- Crepe paper, in light purple, maroon and yellow
- 18 gauge stem wire
- Floral tape
- White glue
- Acrylic purple paint
- Flocking powder, yellow
- Fine tip paint brush
- Decorative sand granules, in terracotta
- Wooden bowls
- Download and print petal template at 100%. Trace onto crepe paper and cut out (A.) 6 petals are needed per flower.
- Lightly dilute purple paint in water and paint the bottom of the petals. Dilute paint more and lightly paint thin veins down the length of the petals (B.) To paint thin veins, dab off paintbrush till there is barely any paint left on tip, then make veins. Let dry.
- Cut out strips of red crepe about 2″ wide and 3″ in length. Make 2 slits in the crepe paper to form 3 forks (D.) Roll each of the forks and twist tightly (E.) These will be the saffron threads. During harvest, all 3 threads are pulled out quickly in just one tug.
- Use pliers to snip 4″ long pieces of stem wire (F.) Roll the wire along the red crepe paper to form the center of the flower stem (G.) Secure with 1 piece of floral tape (K. See tip on using floral tape below.)
- Cut out yellow crepe 1″ in width by 2.5″ in length (H.) 3 strips of yellow crepe will be needed per flower, these will be the saffron’s stamen; the stamen are discarded along with the rest of the flower during the harvest. Roll each strip and twist tightly (I.) Dilute glue with water and put out flocking powder onto a plate (J.) Dip each stamen first into the diluted glue and roll around in flocking powder on plate. Let dry. The flocking powder imitates the powder given off from the saffron’s stamens. Then, secure the stamens to flower stem using 1 piece of floral tape. (K. See tip on using floral tape below.)
- Attach petals 2 at a time by positioning them opposite to each other and securing with floral tape. Once all 6 petals are attached, use a 10″ piece of floral tape to wrap the stem one last time from the top to the bottom. Saffron flowers have purple stems so if desired, cut a strip of purple crepe paper, dab glue on the stem and wrap in a diagonal motion all the way down the stem to cover the green floral tape. Glue crepe paper again at the bottom of the stem.
- Fill a few wooden bowls with terracotta decorative sand granules. Curve the bottom of the stems so they sit easily in the bowl and insert the flowers hiding most of the stem in the sand. Group 2-3 saffron flowers per bowl.
TIP: With some practice, floral tape is fairly easy to use. To use floral tape, stretch one end to reveal sticky part and adhere to the top of the stem. Twist the stem with one hand, and with the other hand stretch the floral tape as you apply it in a diagonal fashion all the way down the stem. Finish by scoring the tape with your nails to firmly adhere and prevent unraveling.
Celebrate Eid with a pop! Conceal cash in these DIY confetti poppers for a fun twist on the tradition of handing out money on Eid.
- Plastic confetti poppers, available at Creative Bag
- Alphabet stickers
- Double sided tape
- Clip art
- Download and print clip art.
- Use the 8 pointed stars to cut out confetti from cardstock.
- If desired, spell out EID on the confetti 8 pointed stars with alphabet stickers.
- Cut out wrappers and apply to poppers using double sided tape.
- Open the cap of the popper. Push down with fingers to extend handle.
- Layer the bottom of the poppers with a few confetti 8 pointed stars.
- Roll up a bill and place it in the popper.
- Finally, take a handful of tinsel and insert into the popper. Ball up the tinsel for ease when inserting.
- Cap the popper. On the night before Eid or on Eid day, burst the poppers by hitting the handle from the bottom, pushing handle inwards.
For some Muslim cultures, henna, or mehndi, is a big part of Eid celebrations. The night before Eid women and children get intricate henna designs on their hands so on Eid day their hands are stained with a fresh, dark espresso colour. If you’ve got a little one, make these henna hand greeting cards to engage her (or him!) in this age old Eid tradition with a North American twist. They’re great for handing out to family, friends or teachers – and for added fun, consider combining the cards with candy or treats.
- Cardstock, various colours
- Dark brown stamping pad
- Floral vine or arabesque stamps
- Alphabet stamps
- Place hand with fingers widespread on cardstock, trace with pencil and cut out using scissors.
- Add designs using floral or arabesque stamps and stamping pad.
- Use the alphabet stamps to write a greeting on either the front or back of the hand (depending on your design.)
As Eid-ul-Adha slowly makes it way out of autumn and into summer, embrace the season before it’s gone with a stunning fall wreath. Our autumn Eid wreath is made with dried dates as a nod to the Prophetic tradition of celebrating Eid with dates. Hang this wreath above a table or on a door for festive party decor.
- 16″ foam wreath form
- 5 packets of dried dates, 400g each
- Dark brown all-surface spray paint (read label to ensure it can be used on styrofoam)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Wire hook for foam wreaths
- Golden ribbon, 1 1/2 meter.
- Spray paint foam wreath and let dry.
- Secure a row of dates onto inside of wreath using glue gun, and another row of dates onto outer edge.
- Then arrange dates onto surface of wreath in a brick-like pattern, overlapping with the row of dates on the edges. Continue filling the surface of the wreath all the way around.
- Finish by applying more rows of dates to the outer and inner edges of wreath till foam is covered.
- At back, attach hook to wreath by inserting wire legs completely into foam.
- Tie ribbon around wreath and hang onto wall.
TIP: Empty all 5 packets of dates onto a large tray. Sort through sizes and apply larger dates first while using the smaller dates to fill in gaps.
Handing out money to children is a tradition of Eid. Make these felt envelopes for a charming way of gift giving. Fastened with velcro, these envelopes are adorned with 8 pointed stars.
- 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of felt, various colours
- Tacky glue
- Velcro coins
- Craft scissors
- Masking tape
- Safety pin (optional)
- Determine size of envelopes. Use a full sheet of felt for large envelopes; cut sheet in half for medium sized envelopes; or cut felt into thirds, widthwise, for small envelopes.
- For each piece of felt, fold 3/4″ lengthwise on both sides and glue down. To adhere the glue, press down on folds with full body weight or lay some heavy books on the folds for a few seconds.
- Fold the bottom of the felt upwards to create a pocket and secure with glue. Apply pressure till glue adheres.
- To make a rectangular outer flap, fold the top edge of the felt 3/4″ down and glue. To make a triangular outer flap, fold the two top edges inwards to get a rough outline of a triangle. For a symmetrical flap, secure in position with a safety pin while cutting out the triangle flap.
- Download and print clipart; cut out 8 pointed stars out of felt using the clipart as a template.
- Bind the two velcro rounds onto each other and stick the velcro halfway off the edge of the envelope.
- Close the envelope so the bottom round of the velcro adheres to the envelope as well. Open envelope again.
- Adhere felt star to the part of the velcro hanging halfway off the top edge. If using a large star, in addition to using the velcro, completely secure star to envelope by using glue.
- If desired, layer different shades and sizes of felt stars onto each other for pattern and contrast.
TIP: For sharply cut out stars, apply a small piece of masking tape to each of the 8 points on the star template. Stick to felt and then cut with craft scissors.