Oh boy, Eid is less than a week away! This past weekend I finally put up my Eid decorations. A little behind since I usually do put them up sooner, but nevertheless they are up and it sure does feel a lot more festive around the OTI home. There were a couple of items that I decided not to use this year, and as I was putting them away a random craft idea popped in my head! A simple and fairly quick one!
This idea involved the Eid countdown calendar that I made a couple years ago and my Eid paper mache letters. I’ve had those letters for four or five years and never did anything with them other than display them as is. I did have a plan for those letters, but years went by and nothing was done to them. I convinced myself that it’s okay and that they look great as is. I confess, I am guilty of craft supply neglect. I’m sure I’m not alone on this charge….buying craft supplies just for them to sit there for months and years before they are properly used… and maybe never used! This sort of neglect is sure to be considered a crime in some parts of the blogsphere. Oh wait, I think that would be the land I reside in… I may need to flee to food blogland if they’ll have me! But before I pack my bags, I think it’s safe to say that the case for the neglect of paper mache letters can be thrown out as they have finally been put to good use! I think I’ll leave the judging to you. So if I may, I will show you what I did with those letters.
To wrap the letters, I used this neat thick yarn that kind of had a felted characteristic. I do admit that even though it was partially an excuse to rationalize the neglect of these letters, I truly did like the idea of using the letters as is because I love the brown kraft color. In wrapping my letters, I did want the kraft color to still be visible as a nice contrast with the teal yarn. It was easier to accomplish it with the E and I, but I did have a bit of difficulty with the D… but I made it work! Wrapping the letters went much faster than I expected. No glueing needed… I just knotted in the beginning and the end.
After wrapping my letters, I glued them to each other.
I have plans to make a new Eid Al-Adha count down calendar, which means I will have no need for my current one. So the frame found it’s new home with the paper mache letters along with the word Al-Adha.
I glued EID on to the frame with the E and D glued on to the edges of the inner part of the frame.
I thumbtacked the Al-Adha to the bottom of the frame. It was made out of card stock, but I may change that in the future for a longer lasting medium like wood. Fabric would be fun too. With fabric, the letters can be embroidered… wouldn’t that be cute!
That’s it. Eid wall art was done in less than 15 minutes!
After I finished, I realized that this could still be turned into a countdown calendar. In place of Al-Adha, you can attach 10 little envelopes with clothespins…or how about 10 little lambs! Other ideas… Since thumbtacks were used, this wall art can be interchanged with Eid al-Fitr… Or just do the word Eid alone or with Happy pinned to the top or Mubarak to the bottom. Also, I’m thinking it would be fun to add small lights above and below the word EID…. only catch would be finding short length lights. This project can easily be changed up!
Now, that’s one down with the neglected craft supplies. Other than craft supply neglect, I’m also guilty of fabric neglect… I don’t think I would be welcome in sewing blogland for such crimes. What about you… what crimes are you guilty of?