November 29, 2010

#CanYouTopThis – Hanukkah Crafts


A short video of BabyGirl’s #CanYouTopThis crafting
Music by The LeeVees

In an effort to tame the Hanukkah Grinch, BabyGirl asked to do some Chanukkah crafts. I’m not always that great at crafts but I like doing them. Well, except when they involve lots of glitter and I can’t get rid of all the glitter. Which is exactly what happened.

As part of an Elmer’s Crafting program, there is a Can You Top This craft challenge underway. The whole idea is to see what you can do using an Elmer’s Tri-Fold display board (either standard or foam). BabyGirl and I took the challenge so she can make Hanukah crafts. She wanted to make dreidels to hang from the lights in the dining room and she wanted to make a menorah to put out front so people can see it when they come to our house. One of the mitzvot (good deeds) for Chanukah is to display the menorah. But being that ours all use real candles, I’m hesitant to put them by a window.

BabyGirl also thought up a game she can play with her friends. Along the line of ‘Pin the tail on the Donkey’ she created ‘Put the Donut on the Plate’. Jelly donuts (sufaniyot) are common treats for many Jews during Hannukkah, so the game was a perfect addition to our Hanukkah plans. She’s going to take it to her religious school class to play there too.

It was craftastic here for a few days!

  • Elmer’s Tri-Fold Foam Board
  • Elmer’s Clear Glue (it’s actually purple and dries clear)
  • Elmer’s Gitter Glue tubes
  • Glitter
  • Dreidel pattern I made
  • Silver paint
  • Glitter, glitter and more glitter
  • select colors scrapbook paper
  • bead trimming
  • muffin cups
  • Tinsel pipe cleaners

3-D Dreidels

These were the most difficult because they required cutting a notch into both pieces of the dreidel. But once I figured out how to do it, BabyGirl was able to mark the notches and, again, I cut.

Adding Hebrew letters to the dreidel.

Good practice for writing hebrew letters.

Giant Muffin Paper Menorah

This silver and pink glitter menorah is 24 x 8 x 2 and includes the words Happy Hanukkah 5771 (the Jewish year) and pink beaded trim. The candle holders are made using muffin cups turned upside down and painted silver and sprinkled with pink glitter. The candles are made from tinsel pipe cleaners with yellow for the flame. The candles are secured to the muffin cups with glue to help keep them straight.  The muffin cups are not attached to the base so BabyGirl can put out the correct candles each night.

Making the flame for the candles.

Candles! We’ll need nine.

Base painted and glittered and so are muffin cup holders.

Put the Donut on the Plate Game

BabyGirl created this on her own. She wanted a game to play with her friends and this is what she came up with. The most difficult decision was whether it was going to be latkes or donuts. You see that donuts won!

Background. Painted silver and given fancy swirls.

The finished projects!

Hanging 3-D Dreidels

Muffin Cup Menorah

Glitter glue for the words and to outline the plate!

This post will be used to enter into the #CanYouTopThis craft project Giveaway going on on six sites.

All images (c) 2010



Amy @ Dealusional November 29, 2010 at 7:05 am

Wow, very ambitious project! Very nice job & the game looks like a lot of fun 🙂

kim/hormone-colored days November 29, 2010 at 7:53 am

Cute crafts and I love the song. Last I checked, the YouTube video of it had been removed. 🙁

Hag Sameach!

Tonya Staab November 29, 2010 at 9:12 am

Absolutely love it.

V Demetros November 29, 2010 at 9:40 am

Wow, she put a lot of work into that. I love it!

Sara Blake November 29, 2010 at 10:47 am

Wow, I love these crafts that Baby Girl did! Good luck, thanks for enter the Can You Top This Challenge!

Kim ~ CraftyMamaof4 November 29, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Nice job! I love the muffin cup Menorah! so creative. Thanks for participating

Mel November 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm

This is so great! Good job, you guys! The muffin cup Menorah is so creative! Love it! Thanks so much for entering!

Mara ~ Kosher on a Budget November 29, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Way to go, Sara! I am awful about doing crafts, but I did dig out the projects the kids did in preschool and hang/display those. Does that count 😉

Becca - Our Crazy Boys November 30, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Cutest. Video. EVER!!!!

Wow… You’re a great Mom… all that glitter?

😉 LOVE it. Good luck!

Sara December 1, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Thank you, everyone! I appreciate your comments and compliments. BabyGirl was so excited when she read them and is so proud of her crafts.

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