Happy Hanukkah — and some crafts

December 20, 2011 in Fiber Crafts, Paper Crafts, Tutorials by


Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown and what better way to celebrate than with a few crafts? I’m probably so drawn to crafting because I love decorating (or maybe the other way around?) which makes me look forward to holidays a little more than most. I’ve gathered up a few Hanukkah crafts from around the blogosphere to share — and some can be simply altered for Christmas crafting too! Keep an eye out for my follow-up post with some found and personal Christmas crafts this week.

Dreidel Garland from Upper West Side Mom

I love garlands, they’re always a good decoration for any occasion. This tutorial is made with felt and ric-rac, but you can easily substitute the felt for paper (upcycle some brown packaging paper?) and twine, rope, or string you might have lying around the house. I recently cleared out all of my brown packaging paper that I got all year from my online ordering and used it to wrap my holiday gifts. Add a little color with some tissue paper or string and it looks like a cute rustic parcel!  You could also substitute the dreidel shape for snowmen, Santa hats, or Christmas trees for a Christmas garland!  Tech experts — could you add some LEDs to this to jazz it up a bit?

Crocheted t-shirt yarn basket for giving from Creative Jewish Mom

A basket is a great way to give gifts, since it’s a 2-in-1 winner.  It’s great because she tells you how to make yarn from old t-shirts, a great alternative if you have t-shirts with rips and holes that aren’t suitable for donation. You can choose festive colors for a holiday occasion, or fill it with home-baked goods for your next gathering!

Star of David outdoor candle holder from HGTV

These 3-dimensional star of David hanging lanterns are stylish and festive! Jewish or not, they’re a great outdoor decoration that can be fit into any outdoor decor. Paint your sticks with an outdoor safe paint, use colored twine or fabric strips for the corners to change things up a bit!

What holiday crafts are you working on? Share with us in the comments!


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