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Ramadan Village Houses

For the holy month of Ramadan, this miniature set is inspired by the Ramadan drummer tradition. Each homemade house is colored in jewel tones and finished with a sprinkling of glitter, and when populated with peg dolls, ready to join its neighbors in a shimmering village.

ramadan drummer village complete

Photography: Manal Aman

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend Manal Aman of Hello Holy Days. The Ramadan drummer is a cross-cultural tradition in which a man or woman wearing traditional clothes will perform through the neighborhood with a drum in hand, playing music and singing verses of poetry in order to wake people up, encourage them to eat, and keep the fast. Learn more about the tradition of the Ramadan drummer. To complete the set pictured here, learn how to make a Ramadan Drummer Peg Doll and Miniature Drum.

 

For more crafts and decorations, see our Ramadan Ideas.

materials

  • Papier-mâché craft houses, $7.50 each, smilemercantile.com

    (To make a full village, we used 5 total houses in 3 different sizes.)
  • Acrylic craft paint in purple, light purple yellow, white, dark blue, light blue, and pink
  • Paintbrush
  • Fine glitter in purple, light purple, yellow, gold, white, dark blue, light blue, and pink
  • Disposable or aluminum foil tray
  • Disposable cloth for covering work surface
  • White craft glue
  • Spray adhesive
  • Vellum paper
  • LED votive candles

steps

  1. Cover your work surface and paint the houses in our suggested color theme. You will need to apply approximately 3 coats of paint to each house.

    Ramadan village step 1
  2. Once dry, mix white glue with a little bit of water and brush glue mixture onto houses. While the glue is still wet, dust glitter. Shake off excess glitter into tray. You may find that you need more than one coat of glitter (particularly for the large houses). If this is the case, use spray glue to coat the houses and then dust glitter.

    Ramadan village step 2
  3. Line the inside of the houses with vellum paper (this will help show the light better).

  4. Place LED votive candles inside the homes and display along with the Ramadan drummer and his drum.

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