DIY Hands - Khamsas

Appropriate for grades:
Subject areas: Visual and Performing Arts

Hands are symbols of strength and power. Around the world hands are also seen as a sign of welcome, protection, and blessing. Khamsas are amulets, or good luck charms, in the form of a hand. They originated in Morocco and spread among Mediterranean cultures. Khamsa is the Arabic word for “five” and refers to the five fingers. A khamsa with spread fingers is an averting hand, while a closed finger hand brings good luck.


You'll need:

  • aluminum tooling foil or metallic paper
  • craft foam or newspaper
  • pencil
  • ballpoint pens
  • scissors
  • tacky glue
  • decorated papers
  • sequins
  • ribbon or string
  • plastic gems (optional)



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