Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Display Your Menorah Candles in Style

Hanukkah Crafts
You might think Chanukah is early this year.  However, it's right on time, like it is every year!  According to the Jewish Calendar, Chanukah is always the 25th day of Kislev, which this year coincides with this coming Saturday, December 8th. 
 
It seems to change every year because the Jewish Calendar takes into account both the cycles of the moon and the sun.  To make up the difference between the solar year, which is 365 days, and the lunar year, which is 354 days, the Jewish Calendar adds one extra "leap month" about 7 times every 19 years.  I agree--that's a lot of math to calculate.  Since it's been awhile since my algebra class, let's just move on to the craft project!
 
It's always wonderful to polish the beautiful silver menorah and dust off the colorful ceramic Chanukiot.  However, have you ever thought how drab the store-bought box of candles looks sitting next to the beautiful menorahs?  
 
Here is a crafty way to display your menorah candles in style. 
holiday crafts with candles 
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In addition to a box of Chanukah candles, you will need the following supplies:
 
- Libbey 4" x 4" square glass votive holder
- Scrapbook Paper or Gift Wrap
- Ribbon
- Flowers
- Buttons
- Dreidel or Menorah Charm
- Tag punch or ready-made tags
- Chanukah stamps
- Ink Pad
- Mod Podge & brush
- Strong double-sided adhesive tape

Crafts for Hanukkah
Instructions:

Make a template measuring 1-1/2" wide x 13-1/2" long, creating a slight arch. The paper band must arch to accommodate the width difference between the top and bottom circumference of the glass. Wrap the template around the glass to be sure it fits, overlapping the ends. 
Trace the template onto a 12" x 12" scrapbook paper, angling the template to fit the paper and cut out along your traced markings. To save paper, you can cut two sections and piece them together, adding an extra 1/2" for overlap.

Mod Podge the paper band and let dry. Using good adhesive, adhere band to the glass, gently pulling it taut, and overlap the ends. 
Embellish the candle holder using ribbon, flowers, charms, die cuts and stamped images on punched out tags.

Place the candles inside the glass holder, and you have a beautiful way to display the menorah candles throughout the eight nights.
 
These make wonderful hostess gifts. Wrap the entire candle holder with clear cellophane. Tie with ribbon and a matching tag, and it's ready to go!
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And for those of you who like to plan ahead of time, next year we will be eating latkes for Thanksgiving, as the 25th of Kislev falls the day before Turkey Day.  Oy!
Menorahs
For those of you celebrating Chanukah, wishing you and your family a very Happy Chanukah full of beautiful light and miracles!


Sharing this holiday project at these parties:

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15 comments:

  1. what a great idea, and i love that chanukah garland! those candles are so pretty-i've got them, and ones similar that have purples/blues. i never thought to put them out as decor, but why not.

    and it's so refreshing/exciting/good to see some posts for chanukah! happy chanukah!

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  2. What a wonderful idea! I never thought about displaying the candles when they are not actually on the menorah! Such great inspiration.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

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  3. Those came out really nice!

    Visiting today from Sincerely Paula's No Rules Weekend Blog Party. :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing this awesome display ... and yes, I have to say, very pretty candles ... Happy Chanukah!! I love the story of the miracle of the lights!

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  5. Happy Chanukah to YOU! Love the altered menorah ~ looks completely different after you made it so pretty.

    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :)

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  6. Hello! Found you VIA Paula's Blog Hop...i'm excited to keep reading your blog...new follower :)

    lolalucy09.blogspot.com

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  7. Happy Hanukkah,

    And thanks for coming by my blog. You have made a very festive Hanukkah display. I love your idea of displaying the candles themselves. I keep my boxes of candles on the table next to my Menorah, but had never though to display them by themselves. I really like your craft project. I hope that you are having a Wonderful Hanukkah. It is unbelievable that it starts before Thanksgiving next year. Wow.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

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  8. Very beautiful. It's nice to see a post on Chanukah. :)

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

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  9. How very lovely! And I appreciate learning more about how Hanukkah is "scheduled."

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  10. Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  11. This is sort of a "duh" project but in a good way. LIke why didn't I think of it? But I didn't and you did. Great idea and will be a gift for my brother-and sister-in-law next Hanukkah.

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