Manal Aman is a crafty Canadian who has brought some DIY magic to the Muslim holiday of Ramadan in the summer issue of Sweet Paul Magazine. During Ramadan, lights turn on in homes and mosques in the middle of night to tell the story of people spending time in prayer or getting ready to take their pre-fasting meal. Manal shares some Ramadan-themed DIYs using colors and symbols designed to evoke the notions of night and light that appear often in Islamic religious traditions.
Check out the slideshow above for a sneak peek at some of these original DIYs and some tempting photos of Manal’s favorite recipes. We can’t wait to try the Plum Rosewater Sherbet!
You can get the recipes and full DIY instructions in the summer issue of Sweet Paul Magazine, available in digital or print editions. Thanks to Manal and Sweet Paul for this sneak peek! —Caitlin
8 Pointed Star Ornaments
From Manal: These ornaments are in the shape of an 8-pointed star, one of the most prominent symbols in Islamic art and architecture. As Emma Clark describes in her book The Art of the Islamic Garden, the star represents God’s throne.
-Air drying clay
-Purple and gold acrylic paint
-Bamboo skewer or straw
Step 1: Roll out clay and cut out 8 pointed star shapes of different sizes.
Step 2: Make a hole on top of each ornament with a bamboo skewer or straw.
Step 3: Once dry completely, paint entirely in purple with a foam brush.
Step 4: When the purple paint has dried, paint each point of the star gold. You’ll be left with a purple octagon in the center.
Step 5: Use the smaller 8 pointed star, including its negative space.
Step 6: Paint the outline of the smaller 8 point star gold paint.
Step 8: Add ribbon and hang.