Friday, July 12, 2013

A Little Luck For You

Moroccan Good Luck Hands

I came across this symbol when I was looking up some art projects for Morocco and it seemed perfect for us to do this week.  I mean who doesn't want more good luck?  Not me, I could use all I can get!  The symbol is called a Khamsa (Hamsa) and is a open right hand that can be decorated any number of ways. They are commonly made from precious metals, like silver or gold, and can be worn as an amulet or hung over doorways. 
They serve both to give the owner good luck and protect from the "evil eye".  You know, the "evil eye", that malicious stare that will (supposedly) cause illness, death or awful bad luck to the recipient.  Bad juju.  So it's better to be safe and make your very own Khamsa in case you run afoul of some big meanie giving you a bad look.  Lucky for you, you read this blog :)  See the good luck is already coming.

For the project you will need:
  • aluminum foil (unless you have some extra silver or gold lying around)
  • skewer or pencil
  • markers
  • glue
  • scissors
  • glitter or gems (optional- we didn't use)
1.  Take a piece of aluminum foil that is about 12 inches long and spread a thin layer of glue around it.  Fold the foil in thirds making sure that it's big enough to trace a hand on.  The glue will keep the layers of foil from separating once it's dried.

2. Trace your (or your kid's) right hand onto the foil with the skewer.  Or you can use a pencil or pen.  Cut out the shape.

3. Decorate your Khamsa with spirals, eyes, hearts, whatever.  I used the skewer first and then colored it in with the markers.  I think it gives a nicer texture and more dimension.  Or it would look pretty with some glitter or gems glued on. 

4. There, now you are protected and safe and have a cute little handprint keepsake. 

You're welcome.  Have a wonderful day!!!

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