The great thing about making Eid cards is that you can make them as simple or elaborate as you like. They are an excellent idea for keeping the children entertained during Ramadan, perhaps using only a piece of folded paper or card and a few crayons, or as a way of doing some ‘proper’ art – maybe some calligraphy, decoupage or a glitter fest!
Here are eight easy design ideas for making your Eid cards special, so that they can be shared and appreciated by others inshaAllah:
- Create a silhouette effect by painting a piece of card in sunset colours from red and orange to yellow, top to bottom, or use a range of blues and greens. Once it is dry, use a black marker pen or Sharpie to draw the outline of a skyline or a mosque and fill in the image with the black pen. You should end up with something like this:
Photograph of Istanbul by Osman Koycu on Unsplash
- Use shiny sweet wrappers to create a stained glass window effect. Fold a piece of card in half and cut out various shapes on one side. Glue the sweet wrappers to the inside of the card (you can stick a piece of coloured paper over the glued areas to make it look neat). You could cut out geometric shapes, lanterns, a window divided into four squares, or draw a house or mosque and cut out the windows. Place a battery operated tealight candle in the middle of the card, or stand it by the window to get the full stained glass effect.
- Use potatoes to make stamps for several cards. Cut a potato in half and draw a crescent moon on the cut half. Take a knife and cut away an even amount of potato from around the crescent moon. Use the same technique to make a star, and you can create a classic design. Dip the potato into paint, give it a little shake to remove excess paint, and simply press it down onto the card. Use coloured card and paint in a contrasting colour, or use black card and silver paint for a dramatic effect.
- Simply buy a range of stickers in a variety of sizes and shapes, and get your children to create their own unique designs. When they have finished, get them to write a message a personal message to the recipient inside.
- Create elaborate cards with henna designs by using acrylic paint. Use cellophane to make a cone, and stick it securely along the edge using a good quality sticky tape. Fill the cone with acrylic paint and squeeze gently onto card to create your design. Look online for patterns to find inspiration, and use stick on jewels to make the result more glamorous. White and/or gold paint is particularly effective, or you could even use a tube of real henna.
Photograph of henna patterns by Victoria Heath on Unsplash
- Make a lattice work card by cutting a large rectangle out of the front of a folded piece of card. Cut out strips of card and stick them over the hole in a crisscross fashion to create a lattice effect. Carefully cut out strips of card to form a border around the lattice to make the edges neat. Then stick flowers or leaves onto one or two corners of the lattice. These can be foam flowers from a craft shop, or cut out and make your own from card, paper or felt. Stick a pearl or bindi in the centre of each flower to make it extra special.
- For Eid Al Adha, use cotton wool to create sheep designs. Stick on the cotton wool, and use a black pen for the face and legs. To be extra creative, you could design the sheep doing a variety of activities, such as skateboarding or riding in a hot air balloon – get you children to think up funny captions!
- Make miniature bunting to decorate the front of your Eid cards. Simply cut out tiny triangles of paper (multi-colours, gold and silver, or even floral), join together using thin ribbon or string, and carefully stick along the top half of the card, or on a diagonal down one side. For larger cards, you can make a small hole in each piece of bunting to thread the ribbon or string through.
Check out Creative Khadijah’s website for more design ideas at https://creativekhadija.com/2015/07/card-making-ideas-for-eid-greetings/
We hope you find these ideas useful – let’s get creative! Eid Mubarak!