hand painted draidels birkat chaverim

Hanukkah crafts: Draidels, Menorahs and more

hand painted draidels birkat chaverimNow that its solidly Kislev Hanukkah is just around the corner. As you can see we've started with a simple craft- decorating wooden dreidel bases. I love how the girls did them and I have to say they were a huge hit with the three year old crowd. They are pretty common here and not expensive (you can be in touch if you are looking for them.) This is a lovely clay hanukkah lamp project in the shape of buildings. I wanted to add some more educational type stuff ...

Baking matzah out of felt

This project is similar to the felt latkes we made for Chanukkah. Easy to do by hand or by machine. In the case of felt matzot, matzahs or matzos (choose your  preferred spelling :) ), they also need to be "browned". We did this with brown felt marker but I kept thinking about using rectangular erasers and paint. These are pretty self explanitory- cu ...

buildabear outfits1

Doll clothing chug update

buildabear outfits1 Although I have not posted recently about the chug (workshop/class), we are meeting again this year and are working on a variety of projects, mostly not doll clothing. Some participants are working on animal shaped ouch relievers (you know, those things that sit in the freezer and when you get an ouch, relieve the ouches) and others are working on scarves, some intended as Hanukkah presents. I'll post photos when they are finished (assuming I remember to photograph them before they get taken home.) Here are a few clothing items that the girls made in the meantime: ...
Hanukkah lamp feltboard

Some Hanukkah Craft Ideas

I have not yet written any posts yet about what we are doing this year in our chug (class), but I hope to start posting about that next week. In the meantime I wanted to post a few ideas for Chanukkah/Hanukkah craft ideas that can be found here, around the web or are simple enough not to need a tutorial.

Hanukkah lamp feltboardFeltboard menorah with candles:

Basically choose a menorah shape you like from your own imagination or using a clipart shape you can find. Cut out the menorah shape from any color felt you like. Cut out nine rectangles (I did white but given the variety of colors for Chanukkah candles one could use whatever colors you can think of)  and 9 "eye" shapes from yellow/orange felt. Use a rectangle shaped piece of felt as a backboard and you've got a Chanukkah felt board. Candles and flames could be reused for Shabbat candles. ...
tashkent_menorah

Tashkent Menorah

In honor of Chanukkah, I am posting a photo of a menorah. The menorah is a very popular motif in Jewish art "then and now." However, the menorah represents the menorah used in the Beit Hamikdash or Temple rather than the Hanukkah lamp used during Hanukkah. Note the difference in the number of lights (seven versus nine.) There are lots and lots of articl ...