Let me begin by saying that I am an average crafter. By no means am I talented or exceptionally neat in my work. I love sharing what I do for all the other moms out there like me. What I try to make are things anyone can do. Even though my crafts might look complicated, it’s really not. What I like best is that the things I make are adaptable. There is no one way to do it!
With that being said, that past two years, I did balloon Ramadan countdown for my kids. I filled up 30 balloons with candy and blew them up. It was a lot of work and my kids really enjoyed it. Last year, I made the balloons into the shape of a Masjid. When I was searching for a way to do my countdown this year, I decided to merge this punch box idea Adeela made with my Masjid idea from last year. And thus this Masjid punch box countdown was created!
The hardest part of this craft was cutting out all the circles. Instead of making two different Masjids and having my girls fight over who gets to punch each night, I decided to make 60 holes so they can each do one every night. The holes are different sizes mostly because I got different sizes of cups from Dollar Tree and didn’t want to waste them. Plus I figured I would use the larger holes for bigger prizes and the smaller holes for candy.
Let’s get started! Here’s what you will need:
- Tri fold project board
- 30 cups in sizes of your choice
- 30 pieces of tissue paper
- candy/knick knacks
- Glitter glue
- Start out by deciding how you want your Masjid to look like. If you are super crafty, you can create a pretty intricate Masjid. I decided to go simple because I am not good at cutting straight. I started with the dome first. Once I cut out the dome, I cut out the minarets. Make sure you make all your markings on the back side of the board.
- Once you cut out your Masjid, arrange your cups to your liking. You can make a door, cover up the dome, write out your child’s name, whatever your heart desires!
- Once you have decided where you want the cups to go, trace your circles and cut them. This part will not be fun. If you have a circle cutter, it may be easier. All your markings should be on the back side! I regretted making 60 holes by the time I was done.
4. On the backside of each hole, cover it up with tissue paper. If the glue isn’t sticking, use a hot glue gun, but be careful not to burn yourself! I used different colors of tissue paper on different areas of the Masjid and tried to incorporate #purpleramadan.
5. Place the candy/gifts on top of each piece of tissue paper. Using a hot glue gun, apply the glue around the rim of the cup and quickly put it on top of the gift. Do this for all of the holes.
6. I used glitter glue around each hole to make it more visually appealing. Add whatever design, color, stickers you want. And then your done!!! Go get a massage once your done because more than likely, your hands will be tired!