Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Eight Projects of Chanukah

It's time to countdown to Chanukah. My intention was to post one project every week until Chanukah begins.  However, when I looked at the calendar, I realized there are only five weeks until the Festival of Lights!
I'm just going to have to work a little faster in order to create and post eight projects in just over one month.  So let's get altering! 
Hanukkah Gifts

The first of my eight projects is called "Chanukah-in-a-Jar."  There are many variations of recipes in a jar for delicious cookies, soups, natural scrubs, and more.  In fact, I've even altered empty tennis ball cans for brownies-in-a-tennis-ball-can recipes. 

For this project, I use a clear plastic pail that is 6" tall with a 4" diameter.  It has a lid as well as a handle, which lends itself nicely for attaching ribbons and tags. 

Gather craft supplies for embellishing the container including printed and solid scrapbook, glitter and gift wrapping paper, ribbon, punches, stamps, ink, tags, charms, metal labels, etc.

Chanukah decor

Cut a strip of cardstock 2" x 18".  If using a 12" x 12" piece of paper, you will have to cut two pieces and tape them together.  Then cut a coordinating piece of your gift wrap or printed paper 1-1/2" x 18"  Using a dry adhesive, tape these two long pieces together.  Adhere ribbon to center of strip.

Using a 2-1/2" circle punch, cut a circle with glitter paper.  Punch out two smaller circles (I used a scalloped punch, too) from the solid cardstock.  Stamp image on smaller circle.

Adhere long strips to pail. Also adhere ribbon in the middle of the paper, finishing at the same seam as the paper.  Then adhere the circles to the pail, covering up the seams. 
Chanukah stamps

Using varied textures and widths, cut 6" strands of coordinating ribbon to pail handle.  Cover the inset of the lid with paper with mod podge.  When dry, adhere label printed on cardstock and metal label holder to lid.  Tie charm to metal holder.
Happy Hanukkah
Stamp "Happy Hanukkah" and "To/From" images to tags.

Decoupage top of the dreidel, using 1-1/4" square punch.  Punch a small hole in center of the paper square, which will fit over the dreidel stem.
playing dreidel

Then choose the "ingredients" for your jar.  I suggest an entire box of 44 menorah candles (enough candles for each night), large dreidel, matchbox, chocolate gelt and candle blessings. 

For the blessings, I printed the Hebrew, transliteration and translation on both sides of a 4" x 6" cardstock, rolled it up and tied it with blue & white twine.
Chanukah gelt
 The match box is embellished with cardstock and a stamped image that reads "Happy Hanukkah".

Decorating matches for Hanukkah

Carefully place the candles and other "ingredients" inside the pail. 
That's it!  Here is the completed Chanukah-in-a-Jar:
Handmade Hanukkah GiftPin It

If you would like a copy of the blessings document, leave a comment with your email, and I will be glad to send it to you.

Stay tuned for the second Chanukah project coming soon!

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  1. I. Love. This. What a great idea ( and I think I recognize some of these goodies from Michaels which has really expanded its Chanukah section this year). I would love a copy of the blessings document. I have two dear friends I make Chanukah gifts for and you've got the wheels turning!!

  2. Doreen, your Chanukah in a Jar is absolutely wonderful and I'm thrilled to be featuring it on tomorrow's "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!


  3. This is very cute! I love to see Hanukkah projects on blogs because there's so few out there. Thanks for sharing!

  4. love it! And so great to have you on craft schooling Sunday! Can't wait to see what else is in store for Chanukah crafting! all the best!

  5. Love the idea to alter the matchbox. Too cute!

  6. Brilliant! I especially loved your idea of decoupaging the dreidle top. I'm gonna try that as soon as I get off the computer. Meanwhile, I am patiently waiting for my local grocery store to offer their annual 5-bags-of-chanukah-gelt-for-$1.00-promotion.

  7. Hi! New follower here! I saw you on Creative Jewish Mom. Love these! There are so few Hanukkah ideas out there!

  8. Just beautiful! I would like to put one together for my college freshgirl in the dorm this holiday. Please forward a copy of the blessing to

  9. You have done a fantastic job, thanks for sharing!

    I would love the blessing card if you have time...


  10. I will be making one of these tomorrow! This is a wonderful idea! If possible,may I please have a copy of the blessing card? Thank you for posting this! Thanks! Cheryl


  11. Hi Doreen, What a great idea, I love it. Maybe we'll do this for for MIL who just moved into assisted living nearby... Happy Hanukkah!

  12. Hello Doreen,

    Kuteee kuteee..can i get a copy as well... Thx

  13. Thank you for the idea would love the prayer card

  14. Thank you for the idea would love the prayer card

  15. Thanks for the idea! I would like a copy of the prayer. My email is

  16. I love this idea .. I would love a copy of the blessing document ... I have the perfect person to make this for

  17. Hi,
    I stumbled upon your page via Pinterest. I also would LOVE to have a copy of the blessing document! Lcg842 (at) Comcast (dot) net.

    Thank you so much!

  18. Hello loves this idea, I have a friend who celebrates hanukkah and I would love to do something special for her would you kindly sent me a copy of the blessing card. Thanks, :)


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