Ramadan Countdown Calendar

I’m really excited to share my new Ramadan countdown calendar.

It consists of an old window.

Thirty little mosques.

And a little surprise hidden behind each mosque…

Glow in the dark moons!

Old Window Ramadan Countdown Calendar

Of course I had to turn to my Silhouette to help with this project.

Just like the phrases and minarets I used for the Ramadan/Eid window, I found the mosque in the online Silhouette store.

DIY Ramadan Countdown Calendar

To add stiffness to each mosque, I backed each one with chipboard. I Mod Podged the patterned mosque to the chipboard mosque.

With thumbtacks and jute, I created rows where the little mosques would hang.

Then with Martha’s glow in the dark finish I painted on the moons using stencils I made out of vinyl with my Silhouette. {Oh, I should add that I did clean the window with alcohol prior to starting.}

At this point, I was confronted with a small problem. But no worries, I did come up with a solution!

Martha Stewart Glow in the Dark Finish

Normally, when I paint on glass I immediately remove the vinyl stencil. Otherwise if it’s removed after the paint dries, the image peels right off with the vinyl because the dried paint attaches to the vinyl. However, the more layers of glow in the dark paint, the better the glow. I planned to paint at least four coats which I did do. Then I waited for the final coat to dry.

Now for the solution to the peeling… an exacto knife!

I went around each moon with an exacto knife to detach the dried paint from the stencil. Then I removed the stencil. That may sound tedious, but since it wasn’t an intricate design it was fairly quick. Problem solved!

Ramadan and Eid Countdown Calendar

I also created stencils for the words Ramadan and Eid, and painted them in.

Then finally all the little mosques went up and were attached with little itsy bitsy clothespins.

DIY Ramadan and Eid Countdown Calendar

Ramadan countdown calendar is all done!

DIY Ramadan Countdown Calendar

Even though I would love to keep these two windows, they are actually going to my little niece and nephews. I hope there will be little smiles and giggles going around as they reveal the hidden glow in the dark moon each night during the month of Ramadan!

9 Comments

  1. June 18, 2014  10:04 am by leila Reply

    amazing! love the whole look of it.

  2. June 18, 2014  11:22 am by seasonsofpalestine Reply

    This is SO cute! I had no idea glow in the dark paint even existed. Definitely going to try a version of this for my little one!

  3. June 18, 2014  11:40 am by Rana Reply

    What a cute idea. I love the way this came out.

  4. June 18, 2014  2:14 pm by Amy of while wearing heels Reply

    Wow Maysem. A lot of love and creativity went into this. What a fun idea beautifully executed.

  5. June 19, 2014  6:52 am by ColleenB. Reply

    very pretty. A person can well tell all the love that goes into your projects and what a lucky niece and nephew to have an aunt like you.

  6. June 24, 2014  5:33 am by misbah Reply

    beautiful , love it sharing this for my Ramadan special on my blog http://www.cupcakeluvs.blogspot.dk/

  7. July 3, 2014  11:33 pm by Jamila B Reply

    I LOVE this idea. The glow-in-dark moons are so cute. By the way, I'm hosting a Linky Iftaar Party with Ramadan and Eid-related crafts, food, and decorations. This would be perfect to link up there! http://eatplaycraft.com/2014/07/03/linky-iftaar-party/

  8. July 7, 2014  2:04 pm by Jamila B Reply

    Thanks for dropping by my linky party!

  9. February 19, 2016  11:25 am by Gina Reply

    I was searching the web for inspiration as I'm planning to start on a Ramadan Countdown Calendar for my girls for this year inshaallah. Seeing this one that you made I am so blown away! It's so beautiful mashaallah.

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