Jomana Siddiqui started her online stationery company, ModernEID, in 2011 to create party goods and other celebration products that serve underrepresented American Muslims. Her brand, which makes everything from dry-erase advent signs to calligraphy gift tags, has since collaborated with Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Jet.com, and Walmart.com. She is also the voice behind A Happy Blog.
Traditionally Ramadan—the ninth month of the Islamic calendar that is observed by Muslims across the world as a time of fasting, prayer, and reflection—is all about community: getting together in the evenings and gathering around food. And while this year the holiday (taking place April 12 to May 12) is very different because of the pandemic, I am still really into decorating my family’s house. It’s customary to have a predawn meal (referred to as suhur) and a nightly meal that breaks the fast (called iftar), so the dining table is central to it all.
Lately I’ve been gravitating toward colors and materials that are ultra-cozy (think: creams, whites, and cane webbing). With being cooped up at home, I think people are craving that relaxed atmosphere, so this Ramadan I started my table setting with a sandy-toned runner and evenly spaced my centerpieces down the length of the table, filling in the gaps with pampas grass and dried palm leaves. Completing it all: natural wood chargers and platters that will be dotted with dates and these three super-simple DIYs you’ll want to keep out year-round.
Half-Moon Cane Wall Art
The Islamic calendar is a lunar one, so images of the moon signal to everyone that Ramadan has begun. Still, I wanted to interpret it in a not-so-obvious way.
- One 18-inch wood semicircle shape
- Tacky glue
- Cane webbing
- Foam brush
- Cut the cane webbing to fit your semicircle shape.
- Using the foam brush, apply glue evenly to the wood surface and to one side of the cane webbing.
- Place the glued sides of the cane and wood together and lay them flat, cane side down.
- Weigh down the wood semicircle using heavy books until everything is dry (about one hour).
- Apply Command picture hanging strips to the back of the artwork and hang it on the wall.
Faux Ceramic Art
To complete my modern take on moon-inspired wall decor, I covered a slightly smaller semicircle shape in terracotta-toned paint, using a special technique to achieve a ceramic-like look.
- Acrylic paint in the color of your choice
- One 16-inch wood semicircle shape
- Baking soda
- Foam brush
- Mix the paint and baking soda (a ratio of one cup of paint to 1/4 cup baking soda is best) together in a disposable cup.
- Using the foam brush, apply the paint evenly to the wood semicircle using horizontal strokes.
- Allow the piece to dry thoroughly (approximately one hour).
- Apply Command picture hanging strips to the back and hang it on the wall.
Terrazzo Moon Lamp
Another way to repeat the curvy shape: globe lamps. The base of this lamp is a basic shipping tube you can pick up at any craft store. By putting a puck light inside it, it will illuminate, but it’s battery operated, which makes it super-simple (no wires necessary).
- Terrazzo patterned peel-and-stick wallpaper
- Straight-sided glass vase and/or shipping tube
- 6-inch glass globe shade
- Puck light or electric votive
- Lay the vase or shipping tube on the underside of the contact paper and mark the length. Cut the paper to size.
- Peel back the liner slightly and start applying it along the length of the tube or vase, smoothing as you go along to remove any air bubbles.
- Use an X-Acto knife to trim any excess paper from the top or bottom of the tube.
- Insert a puck light into the tube.
- Add a globe shade on top. Happy Ramadan!