Aren't these cute? I sat down at my dining room table with a bunch of colored circles, and this is one of the festive ideas I came up with. If your Succah generally leans on the elegant side (like mine, actually) , so these decorations would look great in neutral contrasting colors too! Imagine creme and gold? Pastel blue and creme?
This week will be packed with lots of fun ideas using mostly paper and glue. So don't panic there's still plenty of time to make wonderful things for your Succah, just make sure to have the necessary supplies on hand! The main thing is to get going now. I'll be starting with the slightly more complicated ideas at the beginning of the week, with several posts each day, and ending with simpler and quicker ideas at the end, when you may be starting to feel the pinch. Take my advice, decorate first and cook later, or don't take my advice. But somehow the cooking always gets done whereas the decorations might not? A beautiful handcrafted Succah is a very important part of our enjoyment of the seven day holiday, so I hope to follow my own advice so as not to stay up the night before hanging decorations!
- colored paper, preferably card stock, but colored laser paper will work too, that's what I used
- a glue stick
- white glue
- fishing line
- a 3"circle punch (optional but highly recommended purchase)
- a 2" scalloped circle punch (optional but highly recommended purchase)
- For each sphere you'll need 2 circles in color A (base) and 6 circles in color B. The sphere is made in two parts which are then glued back to back.
- To make petals, fold each circle in half and then in half again. You will have a V-shape when you let it open up a bit. Push the tips of the V inward just a bit to make slightly open petals. You will need three of these V shapes for each flower.
- Glue V shapes to base circle with white craft glue, according to photo, and set aside to dry. Repeat a second time.
- Once your creations have completely dried, glue the two circles together back to back, inserting a piece of fish line in the middle. I used a glue stick and a line of white glue in the middle to hold the fish line.
- Sandwich scallop shapes and tiny flower shapes around fish line, securing shapes back to back with a glue stick.
- For decorations that will hang on the wall, half spheres would look great too, either hung vertically or as part of a banner style decoration.