Choose one of the Arabic words depicted here: marah (fun), amal (hope), salam (peace), hubb (love), qalb (heart), farih (joy). What are the images that come to mind when you think of your chosen word? They could be of your family and friends or of a favorite place, animal, food, plant, hobby, etc.
In the middle of your plate or cardboard, use a cup to trace a circle about 3–4 inches in diameter.
Draw your important images around the circle you traced, filling in empty space with abstract designs and color.
Once you are finished drawing, open up the link to the Stanford Arabic Alphabet Chart and find the letters that make up your chosen word. Note: In Arabic you write words from right to left. Make sure to look closely and find the small arrows on each letter that indicate in which direction to make each stroke. Using the chart, practice writing your word on a separate piece of paper until you feel confident enough to write it on your plate. If you want to go further, try clicking on a letter and learn how it’s pronounced.
Write your word in the small circle on your plate. You can now use your plate to decorate part of your home! Use it as a centerpiece on a table, set it facing out on a shelf, or hang it on a wall. Enjoy telling visitors about your plate!