06 January 2017

Hannuukah decorations

A festive atmosphere during Hanukkah can be created in the home, religious school, synagogue by children together with the adults.

Decorative Star shap wood box

Decorative hand painted fancy small wood gift box Star of David shape.
A perfect Hannukah small gift...

Star of David decorative candle holder

Decorative Star of David shaped decorative candle holder.
A festive collection of wooden tea light candle holders. These are handcrafted from recycled wood and handpainted and decorated with decorative paper on top.

05 January 2017

Giant Star Ornament

I could hardly wait to show you this Popsicle stick craft! 
These stars are fun, easy, and so inexpensive to make. The smallest can be 24cm across; the largest is 60cm.
You could also coat them in glitter or fake snow.
Hang them in your window, over a door instead of a wreath, or from the ceiling. 
To hang them on the wall, tie a small ribbon bow to the snowflake, then tie a longer piece of ribbon to the back of the bow. Attach the long ribbon with double-stick foam tape at the very top of the wall.

Material to make giant craft stick stars
craft sticks
hot glue gun and glue
fishing line
clear cellophane tape
holiday ribbon
gold and silver paint
double-stick foam tape
small paintbrush
drop cloth or newspaper

Fimo small Menorah

Handmade mini cute doughnut-like Hanukkah menorah.
Fimo is a polymer clay for modeling, that can be hardened by baking it in the oven at a low temperature.Once hardened it can be sanded, drilled, painted, and cut. You can even add extra bits to a model and then bake it again.
It can be used to make all kinds of things from Fimo beads to doll's house miniatures; from badges to puppets.

Fimo is a non-toxic substance and is virtually odourless. It comes in many different colours, including translucent, which can be mixed to create new tones.

Felt Menorah

Things I like about this project:
It is relatively quick and you can use virtually any scraps you have around the house.
You don't need to sew (W felt and glue)
I see this as the kind of decoration that's timeless and warm, year after year.

One large square of canvas or solid colored quilt weight fabric .
Four large squares of different grades of blue or contrasting blue felt .
One square of white felt
One small square of orange and red felt (for flames)

Glue and glue gun
Metallic thread, scissors, pencil

DIY clothespin Menorah

With Hanukkah I thought a menorah made from clothespins would be a really neat idea. So, I  grabbed a handful of clothespins I had left  and set out to make one.

What you need to make a clothespin Hanukkah Menorah craft for kids:
Scrap cardboard (I used approximately 9 inches)
Hannukah gift wrapping paper
Wooden clothespins
Red felt

Modge podge
Glue gun

The Kids Hannukah mini Kit

Jewish holidays in a box.
Play more. Learn more. Have more Hanukkah fun. Then, when Hanukkah is over, tuck everything back into the box and you’re ready for next year.
Complete Hanukkah handmade mini Set! Menorah -Candles - Dreidels - Game rules - Hanukkah wood Star of David.

The Giant Dreidel

Hanukkah Giant Dreidel Paper Craft for kids and adults.
Print the letters, glue them and fold your own dreidel toy. 
Use a 70Cmx100cm coloured cardboard.
You can also use this Dreidel for decorating your home, hanging on the wall or from the ceiling.


Hannukah cookies

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival, is a time for fun and feasting. A variety of special and lip smacking cookies are served during the festivities. Most of the Hanukkah cookies are significantly shaped with symbols like the Star of David being frosted in the traditional blue color.


1 1/2 cups butter, softened (use vegeteable oil or margarine if you want it parve)
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups of flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Needle felt Menorah

Needle felting is the process of felting/tangling one piece of wool to another using barbed needles. The needles take the wool fibers from one piece and drag them through the other piece where they tangle and attach the two pieces. There are two types of needle felting:
Applique felting: attaching wool yarn, wool felt or wool roving to a flat piece of wool fabric or felt. Sculptural felting: creating a three dimensional piece of felt from wool roving.
This panel is made with the applique felt technique, showing a window on a snowing night with the menorah in centre of it.

Almost every mother has heard her child sing with gusto "Banu 'Hochekh' Légarèch, Béyadénou O Vaèch" we came to hunt the dark, we light and fire. The favorite part of the song is the refrain "Soura 'Hochekh' Halea Ch'hor" expel the darkness, the darkness goes away!

26 December 2016

Playing dreidels at Hannukah

Kids today have it pretty good in the toy department electronic and digital gadgets and virtual who know whats iti s and…. But no matter what’s thrown at them, many children still have the wonderful ability to be entertained by the simplest things: a stick, a bouncy ball, a spinning top.
Along with the eight days of presents and chocolate gelt, dreidels are a great way to get your kids into the Hanukkah spirit. And since there’s no Wii Dreidel (yet), learning the rules of the game can be some good old-fashioned fun for your family.

18 December 2016

Giant dreidels

Hanukkah giant paper dreidels to celebrate the Festival of Lights and decorate your holiday

Dreidel game kit

One 19th-century rabbi maintained that Jews played with the dreidel in order to fool the Greeks if they were caught studying Torah, which had been outlawed.
As a matter of fact, the dreidel game originally it has been played by various people in various languages for many centuries.
In England and Ireland there is a game called totum or teetotum that is especially popular at Christmastime. In English, this game is first mentioned as “totum” ca. 1500-1520. The name comes from the Latin “totum,” which means “all.” By 1720, the game was called T- totum or teetotum, and by 1801 the four letters already represented four words in English: T = Take all; H = Half; P = Put down; and N = Nothing.
Our Eastern European game of dreidel (including the letters nun, gimmel, hey, shin) is directly based on the German equivalent of the totum game: N = Nichts = nothing; G = Ganz = all; H = Halb = half; and S = Stell ein = put in. In German, the spinning top was called a “torrel” or “trundl,” and in Yiddish it was called a “dreidel,” a “fargl,” a “varfl” [= something thrown], “shtel ein” [= put in], and “gor, gorin” [= all].
When Hebrew was revived as a spoken language, the dreidel was called, among other names, a sevivon, which is the one that caught on.


Hannukah DIY homemade stamp

DIY wood stamp for your Hanukkah decorations.
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