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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Decoration, Craft and Baking Ideas for Ramadan and Eid

This post is all about ways to get kids and yourself into the mood for Eid and Ramadan, with baking, craft, and decorating inspirations. Another OPNO girl posted a similar post here 1.) http://howtolivelikeanomaniprincess.blogspot.com/2010/05/all-cute-ramadan-and-eid-decorations.html and here 2.) http://howtolivelikeanomaniprincess.blogspot.com/2010/05/food-presentation-ideas-for-ramadan.html and 3.) http://howtolivelikeanomaniprincess.blogspot.com/2011/08/more-ramadan-decorating-ideas-from.html and here 4.) http://howtolivelikeanomaniprincess.blogspot.com/2011/08/eid-ul-fitr-3-days-after-ramadaan-what.html here few years back. Below, some lovely tablescapes for Eid and Ramadan:
From highly elaborate "Masjid/Mosque" cakes from the skilled baker/decorator to the more simplified cupcakes and sweets, my friend Taya from back in Canada always makes Ramadan special for her son by whipping up one of these sure-to-impress babies. A good way to make kids excited about fasting that's for sure.
Another big thing about Eid or Ramadan is Eid gifts or sharing food. In Oman this is done more during Ramadan, with food, cupcakes, and cookies being the more normal, but I prefer for Eid gifts of cookies, gift bags of nuts and toys and candies, instead of Eidiyia money. I also love cupcakes---who doesn't, but found them to hard to gift until a friend showed me how she would paint cheap glass jars from Rameez and make cupcakes just the right size that they'd fit inside. ADORABLE!!! Healthier options include craved fruit, and more grown-up gifts for friends were always scarves, henna, bukhoor/insence in cute containers. I also have a friend who melts brown candles and uses a non-meltable henna tube (aka a rubber glove) to design beautiful henna-like designs on candles. She gave me a set of three as an Eid gift last year and it was so beautiful I never lit them.  Some people say gift-giving makes Eid into a commercial holiday but I find I spend less than those who give out Eidyia and make alot of meat and rice for guests and buy elaborate new clothes for every family member for at least three days... so it depends. I like to do everything homemade and with stuff I already have at hand mostly.
TIP: if you have a hair iron for flattening hair you can seal your own cellophane gift bags and then staple little paper labels right on top.
 
Of course... if you ARE going to be more traditional and just hand out Eidyia money, then these cute envelopes for kids work nicely:
Below: Ramadan countdown calendars for kids, places to put small toys and goodies for kids who fasted or for kids to put things they want to give to others, even a msall dua/prayer written on a piece of paper: 
Eid cards:
Lights for Ramadan nights, to turn on when going for Taraweeah prayers:
On Eid, when all the grown-ups are busy doing henna or getting henna down why not let the kids have their hand at a less messier version with this craft:
Paper decorations:
Places I got my inspiration's from:
1.) http://blog.jannahsteps.com/category/party-ideas/
2.) http://www.craftionary.net/2012/10/cute-pillow-and-frame-for-eid.html
3.) http://odetoinspiration.com/2012/10/page/2/
4.) http://odetoinspiration.com/2011/10/eid-lambs/
5.) http://littlelifeofmine.com/2010/09/eid-gifts.html
6.) http://odetoinspiration.com/2012/08/happy-eid-2/
7.) http://rplanfamily.wordpress.com/crafts-2/eid-crafts/eid-candy-decorations/
8.) http://www.greenprophet.com/2012/07/5-ramadan-crafting-ideas/
9.) http://www.sewchicandunique.com/2012/08/eid-mubarak-a-free-gift-tag-printable/
10.) http://www.hummusmama.com/2011/08/29/ready-set-eid/
11.) http://www.theecomuslim.com/2012/05/upcycle-eid-envelopes.html
12.) http://ramadanjoy.com/eid-gift-envelopes/
13.) http://eidcreations.blogspot.com/2012_03_01_archive.html
14.) www.latifalshamsi.com
15.) http://acraftyarab.blogspot.com/2012/07/green-eid-decorations-free-printables.html

10 comments:

Muslimah Delights said...

Love it!!! What a cute and inspirational post. Wish I could experience 'Eid in an Islamic country insha' Allah.

Paper crafts in Dubai said...

Awesome work! Just loved it, Thanks for sharing and keep posting!

Omani Princess (not Omani...yet) said...

Muslimah Delights: If you ever save enough for a flight to Oman at Eid time you are welcome to visit our village;)

Sabeehah said...

Loved this post :-) :-) :-)

Anonymous said...

I love how inspirational you have made this blog. It's hard to hang on to your roots and make things homey and fun in the USA. I'll definitely be using some of these ideas for Ramadan and Eid. Thanks so much and Ramadan Mubarak!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love this blog - I am really inspired by all the creative ways to celebrate the holy month :)
A

Anonymous said...

Hi, thank you for such a lovely post. Very inspirational. Where do you get your decoration from? I am especially interested in the little sheep. And some of the silver decoration (stars etc.) and the money holder to give to children. Thanks.

zay said...

Hi, such a lovely post. I'm from australia have been really inspired by your post. Here in Australia there are great eid products as well. CHECK OUT Manell Msdesigns on facebook here;s the link https://www.facebook.com/msdesign.manellsaad or follow her on instagram at msdesigncollections. She has a great range of banners, buntings, latex and foil balloons, plastic happy eid lolly bags, greetings cards, printed ribbon etc the email is msdesign2013@yahoo.com.au

zay said...

Hi, such a lovely post. I'm from australia have been really inspired by your post. Here in Australia there are great eid products as well. CHECK OUT Manell Msdesigns on facebook here;s the link https://www.facebook.com/msdesign.manellsaad or follow her on instagram at msdesigncollections. She has a great range of banners, buntings, latex and foil balloons, plastic happy eid lolly bags, greetings cards, printed ribbon etc the email is msdesign2013@yahoo.com.au

A Crafty Arab said...

JAK for including my handmade quilled Eid Mubarak card!

Every year my children and I do a 30 day Ramadan Craft Challenge. Please visit www.acraftyarab.blogspot.com to check out our ideas.