3 Ramadan decor ideas that will cost you nothing

As a child, I remember my mom would always decorate the house for holidays. Be it  Christmas or Easter. I cannot tell you, what gifts we got or what played on TV back then. But I can tell you how I felt, how amazing the house smelled, how the cookies and home made orange lemonade tasted. Little string lights and candles everywhere. Nowadays they call it "hygge", I believe. 

We had been in quarantine due to pandemic for more than a month before Ramadan started. Decor shopping was out of question for us. On the other hand, typical decor you can find in markets or shops could get pretty intense for my taste. All those crazy colors, lights, sounds and cheap plastic goods from China make me rather nervous than spiritual. 

I came up with a plan B. There is no need to buy. You can make lots of nice things at home. Besides, current situation already broke many people's budget anyway. Here are the three decor ideas you will most probably be able to make from supplies, you have at home right now. 

1. Window paper "stickers"

Cutting out Ramadan window stickers photo credit Minimal by Mika Elgendi

In my hometown, kids would cut out little paper snowflakes and tape them on the windows every winter. It is a game changer, believe me. I tried it with a moon and star and I can't tell you how cozy it makes you feel at night. You can hand draw them, or if you happen to have a printer, there are many many options on Google search. Just type in "Ramadan printouts" or "star printouts". Cut them out and attach with a transparent tape.

 

2. Cookies 

Linzer Shortcrust star cookies Photo credit Minimal by Mika Elgendi

Literally, any dough suitable for cookie cutters will do. Any. We decided to go for linzer shortcrust pastry as it is something we grew up on, except, we used to bake it for Christmas. They usually came in heart or circle shapes. We gave ours a bit of a Ramadan twist and decided to go for star shaped cookies. Some are plain, some filled with raspberry jam. Place them on a tray, sprinkle with some sugar and you got yourself a fancy & festive looking treat.

 

3. Lantern

DIY Ramadan latern at night. Photo credit Minimal by Mika Elgendi

I have ordered a lantern ahead of time before holiday. Sadly, it didn't arrive. I made my own from a huge pickle jar instead. The edges were a bit rough so I decorated it with cotton yarn. You can either crochet it or braid it. I put battery powered string lights inside, cause of the safety, but if you can make sure, no one will play with it, you can go for the candle as well.

I hope this helps you in one way or another. Now go ahead and create some unforgettable memories for you and your family. Ramadan Kareem.

 

 

Baking of Linzer star cookies for Ramadan photo credit Minimal by Mika Elgendi
Cutting out Ramadan window stickers photo credit Minimal by Mika Elgendi
DIY Ramadan latern. Photo credit Minimal by Mika Elgendi
DIY Ramadan latern at night. Photo credit Minimal by Mika Elgendi
Linzer Shortcrust star cookies Photo credit Minimal by Mika Elgendi
Ramadan window stickers. Photo credit Minimal by Mika Elgendi


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