How to: Make a DIY Modern Wooden Menorah

A few weeks ago, our editor, Chris Gardner, posted a sweet woodworking tutorial over on our ‘brother’ site, ManMadeDIY. In it, he explained the steps he took to make a beautiful hardwood modern menorah. If you’re in the market for a new one for Hanukkah this year, or you’re not Jewish but you just want a candle-holder with room for nine lights, then I suggest you check it out. Chris shipped us the finished product, and we were thrilled to put it good use right away. Continue Reading

How To: Paper Dreidel Garland

Credit: Better Homes and Gardens []

Credit: Better Homes and Gardens []


Happy Hanukkah Everyone! In the midst of entertaining for the holiday you can liven up a mantel, doorway, window, or banister during Hanukkah with this festive modern dreidal garland!   

Make yours unique by limiting the colors you use into one color scheme, or adding extra glitter or sequins to add some glam. You can also vary the project by creating a hanging mobile or placing them individually for display. Here’s the general lineup of the supplies we’ll need to make one:

  • Colorful heavyweight papers, such as construction paper or card stock
  • Crafts knife and self-healing mat (a piece of glass may be substituted for the mat)
  • Straightedge
  • Rubber cement or tacky crafts glue
  • Acrylic paints and small brushes (optional)
  • Heavy darning needle
  • Silver cord for stringing

Follow this link to see how it’s done! Continue Reading

Handmade Hanukkah: DIY Gelt/Gift Pouches

Hi, it’s me Sara of I’m back, and a bit out of breath since Hanukkah starts tonight! I’ve still got some last minute things to take care of, mostly because it also happens to be my husband’s birthday. Realistically, since Hanukkah is eight nights, there’s still time to pull out all the bangs and whistles even if you can’t get it together for the first night. In my house as long as there are chocolate coins, like lots of them, everyone will be happy! Continue Reading

Bruno & Alicia’s Hanukkah Table

Our Hanukkah table setting.

We’re a Christmukkah house (or a Hanumas house, if you prefer). I love the fact that we celebrate both holidays, because it provides us the opportunity spend time with loved ones, share traditions, enjoy amazing eats, and decorate.

Hanukkah begins at sundown this evening, and our table is already set. We assembled a simple table incorporating the colors blue, silver, and white. Using a vase we had on hand, and our everyday dishes, we spruced things up a bit with a few key holiday entertaining items from Pier 1 Imports. Continue Reading

Handmade Hanukkah: Inspiring DIY Hanukkah Decorations

created at: 11/30/2010

Hi everyone, it’s me Sara of back again with some inspiring ideas for DIY Hanukkah decorations. If you’d like to read a little about the history of Hanukkah, please see my post from yesterday here. Or continue reading for a bunch of crafty DIY ideas that could easily keep you busy all year!

Hanukkah decorations? What would that be exactly? Between you and me, it could be anything that brings you joy! Not to pop anyone’s bubble, but the idea of Hanukkah being a blue and white holiday is a fabricated American idea, that does link the holiday to the colors of the Israeli flag, but was probably developed in order to commercially distinguish the Jewish holiday from the red and green holiday. Continue Reading

Handmade Hanukkah : Awesome DIY Hanukkiah Ideas

Hi everyone, I’m so happy to be here at guest blogging about Hanukkah. I’m Sara of, so if I can’t tell you about Hanukkah, who can? As I know from my own blogging experience, most of us love the chance to learn about cultures and customs that aren’t our own, so I hope that the information and ideas that I will be sharing here will be inspiring for everyone!

Before I get started with the crafty portion of this post, I should just give you a very quick and superficial background regarding the upcoming holiday. Continue Reading

Clever DIY Gift Card Holders

created at: 2009/12/09

If you’re giving gift cards this holiday season, they’ve probably come in utilitarian envelopes  in which to give them. For something a bit different–and MUCH more memorable–how about presenting those gift cards in an empty Altoid tin? BHG suggests we cover the cover in pretty paper to hide the ‘toid part.

Or how about framing the gift card in a small photo frame as a two-fer?

created at: 2009/12/09

In this one, the maker slipped some decorative paper inside an unused cd case and then fitted the card inside. Continue Reading

Eight Crazy Nights

In deference to the Jewish members of my family, I thought I’d lay off Christmas for a second and turn my attention to Hanukkah.

So, no trees, garland or even twinkle lights. “No twinkle lights?” you ask. Yes, but don’t worry. Households who observe Hanukkah find holiday sparkle in the lights of the Menorah.

Judaica Mall has an extensive selection of Menorahs so beautiful Christmas celebrants will be tempted to add them to their mantles. Here is just a sampling:

Double Blue Glass Menorah

Tree of Life Pewter Menorah

Menorah of Trees by Shraga Landesman

Mantels are overrated: How should I display holiday cards?

Despite the lack of snow in St. Paul, I am getting in the holiday spirit. I've been listening to Dean Martin's “Marshmallow World” and started to make my way down my holiday gift lists. I turned my car stereo to the “Christmas Superstation” where it's Christmas all day and all night. Sweet Bruno deals with my holiday spirit magnificently. 

We received our first holiday card this weekend, which brings me to my question: Does anyone have a non-traditional way to display holiday cards? Continue Reading