Moon & Star Wall Hanging
Is Ramadan an observance or celebration? Recently a friend, a fellow mother, shared her concerns about what she saw as the ‘commodification’ of Ramadan.
The pressure can be real! To have (and inevitably to share ) all the Ramadan decorations – the ornate calendars, lanterns, the lights. The balance between ‘observation and celebration’ between inward and outward expressions of faith can be a tough line to straddle. I’m not going to get all deep on you – you came here after all for a post about a simple craft, but we do want to remind that no matter how you want to do Ramadan, we can always take time to decorate our souls while decorating our homes – if the intention is right.
For sure this craft is easy, relatively non-messy and basically very low effort but the result is something you’ll be proud to hang. And there’s nothing better than a good intention to change the lowest of effort things into a high out come thing, so take a moment before you bring out the paper, scissors and string (no paint or glue involved I promise!) and make the intention of spending time with your child in a beautiful simple activity. Let her cut or draw, or do it for her if thats what she wishes – ask for it to be a blessing for both you and your child. Because nothing you do with your children is too small in the eyes of God.
Here’s how to make this sweet wall hanging that will look happy wherever you decide to display it in your home!
Things you will need :
- A stick
- Paper (any paper, colored / printed /painted )
What to do –
Go for a walk, get some fresh air and pick up a stick / branch. The power of a simple stick to bring a touch of the outdoors into your home never ceases to amaze me. Also your child will love looking for ‘the perfect stick’ . If you are so inclined, then, clean the stick, dry it and ‘oil’ it. And if you are not so inclined, do nothing to the stick! It’s still perfect! Feel free to use a wire hanger if going outside is not a possibility.
Use whatever colored paper you have at hand or use white paper and paint it ect. pretty wrapping paper can also work as would shiny foil… you get the gist. We chose three colors – purple, blue and black.
Using something round like a bowl or a jar lid draw an epic crescent moon and cut out. Use this cut out as a template for cuttting 6 moons out. We did two of each color
Either freehand draw a star or print / trace a star shape and again cut out and make into template so you can cut around it to get 6 stars (we did two of each color).
Place all cutouts on a flat surface such as a table or floor and play around with your moons and stars to see what pattern you want them to hang in. We chose to have three moons in a row followed by three stars beneath them and repeated.
Turn the moons and stars over keeping them in a straight line and place the string or thread in a straight line on top of the cutouts (I prefer thread because of its near invisibility. If you have neither at home, floss will do too!) Tape the thread on each moon and star leaving enough thread at the top for tying and hanging. Tie the top threads to the branch, space out as you wish and you’re done!
We hung ours by simply resting the stick on a couple of nails. If you have a garland lying around, a string of lights or even a string of pompoms – just style them nonchalantly over one side of the branch and you’ve got yourself a festive DIY wall hanging.
My daughter and I loved doing this so much, we made another for her room, this time using heart shapes! I have a feeling that after Ramadan, the moon and star one will eventually find its way up to one of the kid’s rooms too!
Sending Ramadan Love and cheer to you all. Let us know if you try this and if you like, share your creations with us by either email or tag us @mamanushka (we’d love to see).
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