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CARDBOARD HAMSA


We have been living in the Middle East for 12 years and so this symbol has become a familiar one in our house! We think they are beautiful – both aesthetically and in significance (a symbol of protection).





Aren’t they stunning? We hope you join us in making a Hamsa of your own!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • cardboard

  • Hamsa stencil

  • pencil

  • paint

  • paint brush

  • embellishments (buttons, gems, pom-poms, ribbons, etc.)

  • hot or cool melt glue gun

HOW TO MAKE:

  1. Find a Hamsa image online that you would like to trace. We printed one, cut it out, and then traced it onto cardboard from the recycling bin.

  2. Paint the Hamsa (we used gold!) and allow it to dry.

  3. Use the hot or cool melt glue gun to adhere all sorts of embellishments. We really liked the look created by outlining the Hamsa with string!

ACTIVITY EXTENSION:

  • Do some research to learn more about the history of this symbol or symbols in your own culture!

CONNECTION STARTERS:

  • What is a symbol?

  • Can you think of symbols you’ve seen on tv? What do these symbols mean?

  • Can you think of symbols we have in our culture?

  • Where would be a good place to display your Hamsa?

THINGS TO CELEBRATE & ENCOURAGE:

  • painting the cardboard thoroughly

  • proper use of the paintbrush

  • safe use of the glue gun

  • creativity with both the placement and use of materials

  • repurposing cardboard from the recycling bin

  • sharing materials

We hope you enjoy the conversation surrounding this special art project! Please tag us @theartstadium so we can be part of the fun!


Happy connecting!


XOXO,

Lindsay

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