My son's bar mitzvah last night was thankfullly a smashing success, and now I can hopefully find some time here and there to share with you some of the crafty details. And yes, there were many which represented hours and hours of work but I have no regrets, only that I didn't have time to do more! The best news of all is that most of the things I made for the bar mitzvah can now be used in the succah, which couldn't be better timing as the holiday of Succot starts on Sunday night! And with Yom Kippur tomorrow night, well, time is certainly on the tight side.
Okay, now a few words about these little ladders! I actually made these to use as a base for tall centerpieces at the bar mitzvah, and this is the before picture. Namely before they were painted light blue.....I do love them like this, but that surely would not have worked for a bar mitzvah, right? When I lined them up on the wall I couldn't help but think to myself that they looked like a modern sculpture! As it turns out, ladders are not only a great symbol for a bar mitzvah, but also represent Yaakov's ladder, which also works for my son, as his name is Yisrael, which was Yaakov's original name. I made a bunch of paper stars and medallions which I tied to the ladders, and each ladder was placed into a small pot and held in place by filling the container wtih kosher salt!
These little ladders could be used in so many ways, and repeatedly over the course of many occasions, so while making them is a bit time consuming they can certainly be saved or enjoyed as decorations.
Whoops, almost forgot that I need to tell you how I made these, though the family needs to be fed, so I'll add that here in a bit. Happy crafting!