Hamsa Wall Hanging

Hamsa Wall Hanging lesson plan

Magic charms such as the hamsa are based on ancient cultural traditions. Create a replica of this amulet, which has its roots in both Judaism and Islam.

  • 1.

    Research the meaning of a hamsa and find pictures of this amulet. A hamsa, or Middle Eastern hand-shaped amulet is supposed to give positive energy, happiness, riches, and health to its owner. It is a common symbol in both Islam and Judaism.

  • 2.

    To make a replica of this traditional amulet, draw a large hand shape on construction paper using Crayola® Colored Pencils. Use your imagination to decorate your hamsa with authentic, creative designs representing Islam and/or Judaism using Crayola Gel Markers and Crayola Glitter Glue. Dry.

  • 3.

    Attach craft gems to the amulet with Crayola School Glue. Dry.

  • 4.

    Cut out your hamsa with Crayola Scissors. Trace the hamsa on thin cardboard and cut it out. Glue the cardboard to the back of your hamsa. Dry.

  • 5.

    Punch two holes near the top of your wall hanging. Run ribbon or yarn through the holes and tie to form a loop for hanging.


  • Students research information about the hamsa, which is a Middle Eastern hand-shaped amulet.
  • Students gather information about the Muslim faith and the Jewish faith.
  • Students create and decorate a hamsa using traditional symbols.


  • Study examples of hamsas and appropriate symbolism. Offer assistance to students with special needs to draw and cut out the hand and cardboard backing.
  • Create a small hamsa in the form of a necklace, key chain, or pin using Crayola Model Magic.
  • Identify other articles which symbolize a wearer's faith or spirituality. Create replicas using Crayola Model Magic.
  • Research superstitions and what people do in various cultures to counteract them. For example, it is believed that if you spill salt and then throw some over your left shoulder, you will be lucky. <UL>