Sunday, November 17, 2013

Happy Thanksgivukkah

Although Chanukah is always on the same day in the Hebrew calendar--the 25th of Kislev--it does come very early this year in the secular calendar.  In fact, it begins the night before Thanksgiving, which is why this year many families will be serving latkes along side the sweet potatoes and turkey while celebratingThanksgivukkah. 

Anyway, let's move forward with Chanukah projects.  Here's a fun idea that makes a great gift:
Hanukkah Gifts

There are many variations on 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.

Grab some chocolate gelt, a wooden dreidel, matches and any other Chanukah items you choose.
Chanukah decor

Cut a strip of cardstock 2" x 18". [If using 12" x 12" paper, 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. 

Using a 2-1/2" circle punch, cut a circle out of glittery 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 to the center of the paper strip, finishing at the same seam as the paper.  Adhere the circles to the pail, covering up the seams.
Chanukah stamps

Cover the inset of the lid with paper with mod podge. When dry, adhere "Chanukah-in-a-Jar" label [which I printed on cardstock] and metal label holder to lid. Using varied textures and widths, cut 6" strands of coordinating ribbon to pail handle.  Tie charm to metal holder.

Happy Hanukkah

Stamp "Happy Hanukkah" and "To/From" images to tags.

Measure and cut paper to size of top of dreidel.  Punch a small hole in center of the paper square, which will fit over the dreidel stem. Decoupage.

playing dreidel

Then choose the "ingredients" for your jar. I suggest an entire box of 44 menorah candles (enough candles for each night), the 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 Gift
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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.

Happy Thanksgivukkah everyone!

For additional Chanukah ideas:

Hanukkah coaster and tray decor

Meet me at these parties and these new ones:
Fluster Buster
House on the Way


  1. Super cute Doreen! There are some many wonderful details on your project! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Hanukkah (and Thanksgiving too!)

  2. So many little special things to make the holiday great!

    Thank you for linking to Super Sunday Sync!

  3. These are beautiful! How creative! I heard the next time it's Thanksgivukkah is 70,000 years from now, so a rare occasion.

  4. I love the pretty colors and how significant this gift is! Thank you for sharing your traditions with us.

  5. super cute, and perfect for someone with a new home (i'm thinking my brother and his fiancé, who isn't jewish) would totally benefit from this. happy thanksgivukkah!

  6. I am such a fan of blue so I love it! I made a lot of custom paper cone wreaths last year with that same shade of blue on a glittered Star of David I put in the center…they were SO pretty!

  7. What a lovely gift idea for our Jewish friends! I did not realize that Hannakuh ever fell so close to Thanksgiving. You are doubly blessed this year. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays.

  8. I love all of your clever ideas in your Hannakuh pail! Thanks you so much for sharing them at the Tuesday To Do Party at The Blackberry Vine!

  9. Clever ideas! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  10. Thanks for sharing at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Have a great day.
    House on the Way

  11. Hi Doreen! Happy Holidays! I'm enjoying my first lazy Sunday in ages and am taking the time to finally make it around to say hello to some of my favorite bloggers, whom I've missed so much! I love your Chanukkah in a jar and am promoting a link on my FB page.

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

  12. Great post. I am trying to figure out how to do it all this year. I pulled out the dreidle and candles tonight. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned Link Party. Have a great Thanksgiving.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  13. Love this Doreen. Hoping you are having a Happy Hanukkah. Wanted to let you know I'm featuring this at this week's party, up now!


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