Moms will need to help the little ones a bit more when needed such as doing any cutting ahead of time that the child is not able to do herself.
- Utility Knife
- Self-healing cutting mat
- Construction paper:
- 1 sheet for the frame (we used blue)
- 1 sheet for the loom (we used yellow)
- 1 sheet for the weaving strips (we used 2 sheets, a red one and green one)
- NOTE: each sheet of paper needs to be a different color
Here are a few sources of pictures you may want to use as decoration and cutouts in this project.
Cutouts—Printables from this blog:
Ramadhan Mubarak Mobiles (several images to choose)
Cutouts—Printables from Websites:
supercoloring.com/pages/islam/ (there’s more images at the bottom of the page)
Click on any image for a close up view.
 Make the Loom Fingers
- Lay a sheet of construction paper portrait style (height-wise) in front of you on a table.
- Measure 1-inch from the top and draw a line from the left edge to the right edge. This is the “stop-cutting-line”.
- Fold the bottom edge of the paper up until it meets the pencil line. Crease the fold.
- NOTE: If you want a loom that is closed at both ends, fold the paper in half so the top and bottom edges meet (instead of folding to the pencil line).
- Place the scissors 1/2-in away from the right edge and starting at the fold, cut a line (finger) all the way up to the stop-cutting-line. Move over to the left 1/2-inch from the first finger and cut another in the same manner as the first. Repeat until you reach the left edge.
- The fingers can be straight, curvy, zigzag, or some other shape. And if doing this project with say, 5-year-olds, cut the fingers 1-inch apart.
- The loom is finished. Open the loom at the fold. Your loom should look like the one in the photo. The bottom of the loom is open because it is easier for young children to weave.
 Make Weaving Strips
- The paper strips are weaved in and out of the loom.
- To make them, cut 1/2-inch wide strips from the sheet(s) of construction paper designated for the strips. If your loom was cut 1-inches apart, then cut the strips 1-inches wide.
- We cut green strips and red strips. However, we could have used green or red only. Also, we cut the loom fingers at 1/2-inches apart but cut the strips 1-inches wide. You can experiment with the width and shape of the strips and loom.
 Weave the Mat
- Start by weaving a paper strip over the first loom finger and under the next loom finger. Continue this over-and-underpattern until you reach the last finger of the loom.
- Get the second strip of paper. Weave it in an under-and-over pattern until you reach the last finger of the loom.
- Continue alternating the over-and-under with the under-and-over pattern with each strip of paper until the loom is filled up.
- Glue the ends of the strips to the loom.
- NOTE: It may be easier for young children to start weaving at the bottom of the loom where the fingers are open, then slide the strip up to the top of the loom. Likewise, they can also lift the fingers up to weave.
 Create the Project Frame
- To create the frame, you will need a sheet of construction paper or card stock in what ever color you choose; we choose blue.
- Next, find a very simple printable picture of a masjid or other Islamic building, motif, etc you like. We used a crescent moon in one example, and a masjid in another. It’s best not to use a complicated picture for young children.
- Lay the construction paper flat on the table.
- Place a sheet of carbon paper (or tracing paper from the sewing room) on top of the construction paper.
- Place the printable image on top of the carbon paper.
- Trace the printable. Press hard enough so the image is transferred onto the construction paper.
- Lift the carbon paper and printable off the construction paper. Set carbon and printable aside.
- Using a utility/craft knife, cut out the traced image from the construction paper.
- Once everything has been cut out, decorate the frame.
- Outline the edges of the cut out image with a black marker.
- Trace (using carbon paper) or hand-draw your Eid message—we used the Eid greeting printable (link above).
- Next, turn the frame over. Place glue around the edges.
- Turn the frame over and line it up on top of the woven mat. Lay frame on the mat. Press the edges to seal the glue.
- Let dry.
Another Woven Mat Project
Here we used a printable coloring page. It took a while to both trace and cut out.