Interior decoration

As I begin putting up the Ramadan decorations, I wanted to pass along this link to this new website for Ramadan and Eid decorations, invitations, and placards called ModernEid. It’s pretty nifty, eh? I thought about getting this metallic garland from them, but I’ve decided to just stick with what I made last year. For some more tips on how to decorate your house on Ramadan, you can check out my posts from last July, follow my Eid decoration board on Pinterest, and/or visit the following sites:

  • Ramadan Joy– formerly Barakah Life, this has great DIY ideas for decorating your home elegantly for the holidays.
  • Silver Envelope-an Islamic stationary company, and my personal go-to for the little somethings that make DIY projects pop!
  • Handmade Beginnings-has a lot of nice Ramadan and Eid craft ideas for the kiddos.
  • Islamic Bookstore and NoorArt sell the same kind of mass printed decorations.
  • Eid Way-a site dedicated solely to Eid decorations..including cake and cookie stencils! Yes!
  • Muslim Toys and Dolls-a site with a lot of the items from the previous mentioned online storefronts but with a little higher pricing, but free shipping!
  • Ranoon-a beautiful site for lights, candles, lanterns, and other Ramadan and Eid-inspired home decor.
  • ModernEid-previously mentioned, a new site that with Islamic stationary, postage, and decor all in one! Did you check it out yet? Did you, did you?!
  • World Market-a store that has lanterns and other Islamic-looking home-decor items if you look close enough…

But with all this talk about interior decoration, let’s remind ourselves that Ramadan is not so much about the decoration of our houses and masjids with people and food, as much as it is about the decoration of our hearts and souls with a good spiritual state in order to evolve and elevate to higher levels…to the potential that we must realize before we die. And with that, I’ll share some words that Shaykh Muhammad Mendes shared with my husband this past week during a class (and I’m paraphrasing):

Remember that the fall of Adam started when he ate something. Gluttony and meat harden the heart. Just look at how children change once they are given food other than their mother’s milk. They begin to develop an ego…Umar ibn Al-Khattab made in unlawful during his caliphate to eat meat for more than two days in a row for a reason. Put your two hands together in front of you and make them into fists, side by side–that is the size of your stomach. The sunnah is 1/3 food, 1/3 water, and 1/3 air. If you really want to experience the Ramadan of our noble predecessors, that of the Prophet (saws) and his companions, make your suhoor and iftar of the two black things: dates and water, nothing else. Then you will know the fast. And remember that abstaining from the carnal is the base level of the fast. To fast with ihsan is to abstain from all that distracts you from your Lord…with all of your senses (hearing, sight, and the limbs) and with all of your being (your heart, mind, and soul).

So here’s to a blessed interior decoration for your home, stomach, and soul! Eat less meat, eat more vegetables, and eat less in general! Instead fill your eyes, mouth, and heart with air and prayer! Enjoy your Ramadan and be merry!

Ramadan mubarak! May your fasts be accepted! Amin!

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Ramadan Decorating Phase 3

And then there was light…

…and now we are ready! Lights, Camera, Action! Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramadan Lights from the U.S. (Ranoon.Com)

Ramadan Decorating Phase 2

What kind of Ramadan decorating would I be doing without lanterns? Lanterns are central to the Ramadan spirit and they were present in almost every room of our house this year…with the addition of a bonus celestial space in our kitchen (not pictured, couldn’t get a good enough picture of it!)…I also made a suncatcher-type 2-d lantern for Noora’s window, based on this post from The Muslim Learning Garden.

I used the book, Ramadan Crafts for Kids by Dana Jadallah and Dana Amer (Aardvark Global Publishing Company, LLC, 2007) for instructions on how to make the 3-d lanterns. There’s a lot of great ideas in there, and I ended up making 9 lanterns which took the whole week. Believe me, I wanted to make more. I have like 10 more templates left that I didn’t finish out of sheer and utter exhaustion! As for how I decorated the lanterns, well–scrapbook paper, transparency sheets, cellophane paper, and sheet metal of course!…with my favorite touch of invisible beading thread…They are made very much like The Muslim Learning Garden’s suncatcher-esque lantern except for the whole 3-d thing. As for the patterns, that’s me tracing the Arabic Patterns Stained Glass Coloring Book (Dover Publications, 2006) and The Art of the Muslim World Colouring Book 2 (Ta-Ha Publishers, 1983).

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Ramadan Banner Tutorial

So, a couple of you out there have asked me to blog this tutorial on my Ramadan decorations. I’m so flattered. This post is for you. But first, I must give due respect. I was inspired by the eye-candy-licious BarakahLife Ramadan Joy Creative Companion Blog and chamomiles&smiles 🙂 blog post on Ramadan decorations in making this banner. I just added my own touch on the concept that the sisters presented there.

Materials:

  • Scrapbook paper*
  • X-acto knife or Utility knife
  • Invisible Beading String/Thread
  • 4 in. letter stencils
  • Bookbinding awl or paperclip
  • Pencil

*I used Die Cuts With a View (DCWV)’s Royal Garden with Foil and Taj Mahal Scrapbook paper which has some very ornate and Islamic-looking, Silk Road-esque prints. I also used DCWV’s Glitter Cardstock Stack. But feel free to use whatever works for you and your space. Those were the colors and designs that spoke to me and our space! If you don’t want to have to worry about cutting big ‘ole scrapbook paper down, get the matstacks of the collection. They are postcard size and perfect for 4-5 inch stencils.

1. Trace the letters for “Ramadan Mubarak” or another greeting on your precut 4.5″ x 6.5″ cardstock paper with pencil.

2. Carefully cut out the letters using your X-Acto knife or Utility knife. (I found that using a utility knife required less force–and upper arm strength–on my part and went much quicker : :). Punch out the positive space (the actual letter)–the banner is made using the negative space (yes, I’m pulling out the art teacher terms!)

3. Use the bookbinding awl or an unwound paper clip to poke two holes on the top of your letter on either side.

4. If you haven’t already, arrange your letters in the proper order.

5. String the invisible beading thread through the holes of all the letters. I prefer to string from front to back through the left hole and from back to front through the right hole so that the string is not visible over the letters. I hope this makes sense. You want the thread running behind the letters, not in front of them. Also, make sure your string is long enough for where you want to hang your banner…if you want your banner to drop some in the middle (rather than hang straight across), like mine does, leave extra string on the sides and put the letters closer together towards the middle.

6. What are you waiting for, already? Hang it up!

Ramadan Decorating Phase 1

Me, scrapbook paper, and my handy dandy X-acto knife. See you on the other side of my extreme home makeover: Ramadan edition.

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