One of my kids was given a plaster of paris Hanukkah menorah craft kit, and I have to say, it was a great success with my ready-made craft kit starved kids! We found some plaster of paris that we had left over from another project to make a second menorah, and now I'm off to run some errands and buy some more plaster of paris as there are more little crafters that want to join in the fun, and the mold, while flimsy, will allow us to make at least one more!
And I realized that plaster of paris is such a fun technique for kids that we have yet to explore, so I may just buy a big bag! How about mixing some up, 2 parts plaster, to one part water, and pouring the plaster into cookies cutter molds? So many possibilities, and with four more nights of Hanukkah to enjoy, there's still plenty of time for some fun crafting activities!
Last Thursday night I did manage to crochet four granny medallion gift pouches for the little ones for Hanukkah! I used chunky yarn and mostly double crochet to make the drawstring crocheted pouches as quickly as I could! It's a little tradition that I've started, and I've told my children that we'll save them each year and then they'll have pouches to use with their kids. Unless of course my future daughter in laws are crocheters? Time will tell, and in the mean time, it's a little tradition from the heart that I'm very happy I've started, and a great excuse to fit a little fun crocheting into my busy schedule!
And while of course if you're really in a hurry, you can skip the granny medallion base and make simpler pouches, as they appear here, above, but I love the little surprise at the bottom which makes the whole thing just a bit more special!
While I kept all the bases the same, I made blue, green and lavender pouches so the kids will know which one is theirs!
Granny Medallion Crocheted Gift Pouch Pattern:
I used worsted weight or chunky yarn and a size H hook, you can use any yarn with the appropriate hook as guage is certainly not important here!
Granny Medallion Base:
Round 1: using color A, chain 4, join as a ring with slip stitch. Ch3, then crochet 11 double crochets into the ring. Join to intial ch3 with a slip stitch.
Round 2: Using color B, chain 3, 1 double crochet in the same space. dc 2 in all spaces between the stitches of the first round. Join to ch3 with a slip stitch.
Round 3: Using color C, chain 3, dc 2 in same space. dc 3 in all spaces between the stitches of the second round. Join to ch3 with a slip stitch.
Sides of Pouch:
Round 4: Join color of your choice and single crochet around, in the back loop only.
Round 5: Make another round of single crochet in back loop. (I like to do this so the sides will really stand up straight.)
Round 6: Join another color is desired. Ch 3 and dc around. Join to top of first dc (NOT to the ch3) to avoid holes at the end of the round. I only realized this part way through, and you can see those holes in my photos, so don't forget to take my advice, lucky you!
Round 7-12: Continue as in round 6
Round 13-14: Join color of your choice and sc around.
Round 15: Make picot stitch trim as follows: sc in first stitch, ch3 and sc in same stitch. sc in next stitch and then make sc, ch3, sc in next stitch around.
Weave in all ends with a yarn needle, my least favorite part! Weave in drawstring ribbon or a crocheted chain through the stitches in row 11, and voila!
Note: I was pressed for time so I crocheted the simplest base that still had some decorative interest. If you have a bit more time, so do explore all the options for making crocheted medallions by googling "crochet granny in the round" or "crocheted medallion". If you're in need of a truly special gift, so investing a bit more time in the base will result in something stunning, so go for it!
Gather some recycled plastic lids, pony beads, and white glue, and make some festive beaded sun catchers for Hanukkah— perfect for hanging in the window above your menorah! Of course we love this craft any time of year, and have made some different versions here and here.
clear plastic lids, from take out containers, produce containers, you name it!
pony beads, ours are translucent with sparkles, perfect for this project
Step 1: Teach your child about the idea of planning a project ahead, and to consider size and proportion by sketching the idea on a piece of paper to achieve the best results. Once a good sketch has been achieved, place that under the lid and trace outline on to lid. Or, for older children, as we did with the menorah, simply use the sketch placed under the lid as a guide, such that there are no marker lines in the finished product.
Step 2: Examine drawing to see if it needs more details or is fine as is. We decided to add our details with the beads rather than adding more marker lines.
Step 3: Apply a nice puddle of glue to lid, and start placing beads. We decided we did not want to see the holes of the beads, but the holes can also be a design element if desired.
Step 4: Use a variety of colors for the most beautiful results!
Step 5: Ta Da! Set aside to dry overnight and hang, whoops we still need to do that! I'll be punching holes in the top and hanging either with fish line or something obvious like wired silver ribbon. Happy Hanukkah crafting.....it's a good thing Hanukkah is eight days, still time to make little crocheted presents during the holiday itself, phew!
Hanukkah decorations in the form of magnets, and made using glitter craft foam are bringing lots of joy to our kitchen as we anticipate the arrival of Hanukkah, on Saturday night! I just love this menorah, candle man, and bowl of doughnuts that my seven year old made and will proudly take to school tomorrow to decorate his classroom.
I think this is quite truly one of the favorite crafts we've made this year (so far) as it just makes you smile.....bright, glittery, and perfect for all ages. So gather together the supplies and start creating. For complete instructions, please see my previous post here.
As I write this post I have a sweet little seven year old crafter hard at work on some more Hanukkah magnets made with glitter craft foam......when he woke up this morning and saw how great our creations from yesterday look in the kitchen on the stove hood, well he just had to make some more to take to decorate his classroom! I just love the little candles (girl and boy) and the vials of olive oil with the googly eyes (above), so very sweet and I plan to pack them away carefully after Hanukkah to enjoy for years to come.
You can make your magnets in the shapes here, and of course in a variety of sizes.....I just love the large Hanukkah menorah! We also have a little bowl of sufganiyot (doughnuts) currently drying, and of course the numbers one through eight would be great too. I'll be back just a bit later with some more photos of our sparkling creations, and in the mean time, happy Hanukkah crafting!
craft foam, we used only glitter craft foam
felt- we used yellow felt because we didn't have any yellow craft foam
magnets, we used an up cycled magnetic calender cut into little pieces
hot glue gun- for a parent to use to attach the magnets
How To: Draw shapes of wrong side of craft foam, cut out and glue layers together. Set aside to dry, and once dry, attack flat magnets to the back with white glue or hot glue.
Here's a super cute idea to add some cheer to your home this Chanukah— dancing dreidels, doughnuts, menorahs, candles and oil flasks! You only need a few simple supplies and everyone can have fun creating their own dancing characters. We'll most likely be hanging these garland style, which we have yet to assemble, but they're much easier to photograph at this stage! In any case I figured I'd share this with you now, as it's time to get crafting my friends— Chanukah is in just a little over a week! Yikes, why did I have to mention that?
colorful card stock
a hole punch
pens and markers
a little imagination!
How To: Draw the body and arms and legs separately on the colored paper of your choice. Add details with felt pens, cut out, punch holes where needed, and attach arms and legs and heads (where needed) with paper fasteners. If you're in need of some big decorations, so make some of these in which the body fills the entire letter sized sheet, the bigger the better! Enjoy!
Aren't these geometric string craft stars fabulous? I've been wanting to do some crafting with my kids to revisit the geometric string crafts of the 70's, and this was a perfect start. Plus I think these work perfectly with dreidels and menorahs and candles as a part of our Hanukkah themed crafting! And the only one that I did was the gold one at the bottom, the rest my kids did with a little help at first, and then with no help whatsoever, though I did cut the circle and the slits for them.
We used recycled cardboard from food packaging, so the other side looks like this (above) though if one want to make hanging two sided ornaments, just use plain cardboard. The patterns are different on either side, making the project that much more interesting!
cardboard, recycled preferably
a circular punch, or something round to trace, a mug, a glass etc.
heavy thread, string or yarn, depending on the size of your circles, I used fine crocheting thread that comes in those little spools in tons of irresistible colors.
Cut out circles, our circular craft punch wasn't able to handle some of the cardboard we used, so some of the circles were hand cut, which is why they're not quite perfect!
Cut slits in circle either 8 or 16 evenly spaced. If you're planning to do a bunch, make one circle with slits perfectly placed and then use that as a guide for other circles. Remember how to divide a circle dear readers?
Now it's time to have some fun. With the end on the back side insert string into slit 1 and bring down to slit 9. Carry string across the back and insert into slit 2. Bring string across the front and insert into slit 10. Carry string across the back and insert into slit 3. Continue working in this fashion until you've gone around the circle at least twice. Turn you circle over to reveal, ta da, a beautiful geometric star, like the metallic gold one in the top photo.
To create the star seen in the exact middle, turn circle over and repeat above steps with a second color. Wow, too much fun, and of course there are so many designs one can create!
I was inspired to create these geometric string craft stars by a contribution submitted by putti's world at this Craft Schooling Sunday linking party. Thanks so much to Putti from Florida for being such a wonderful little crafter, and to her mom for making it happen! You all can do it too!
Here's a fun idea that kids can make with just a tiny bit of help — a 3d dreidel Hanukkah card! Of course these look great standing on a mantel or shelf as holiday decorations too, so be sure to make some extras to keep for yourselves! This idea was suggested by vista print, and I'm happy to say, it got us to do a little card crafting that we may not have done otherwise! Of course one can certainly make these cards with 3D dreidels made from patterned paper, though I love the look of bright solid colors and the little designs my kids quite simply cut out using good old scissors. And do check out the cut paper Hanukkah cards we made yesterday for some fun ideas for decorating the outside of your cards.
colored stock weight paper
glue or a glue stick
a pattern for how to cut the dreidel, below
Cut dreidels according to the pattern above, size of course depends on the size of your card. Open card so it lies flat on the table and position driedel so that it's fold lies directly over the middle fold of the card. Decorate cards before attaching driedel, or afterwards, it's up to you, though it's best if dreidels are set aside to dry. Apply glue to flaps of dreidel and affix to card. Set aside to dry and enjoy!
Here's a fun Hanukkah card craft using cut paper that's oh so simple and yet the results are just beautiful, don't you think? I always love cut paper, and am so happy to found a use for it this Hanukkah! And of course, this is a great project for any age.....just look at the great little works of art my seven and nine year olds did (mine is the purple one)!
colorful card stock
a glue stick, or white craft glue
How To: Start with a little art lesson explaining the beauty of simple shapes and combining colors, and get to work. No instructions necessary here, right? And of course, if you don't need any Hanukkah cards, so how about some beautiful works of art to hang around the house?
Here's a fun decoupage kid's craft for Hanukkah that will add some cheer to your home! I know that I can always use some festive handmade containers to hold hanukkah candles, dreidels, or even special treats around holiday time, and this little box is already setting the tone for our Hanukkah decorating! No strict blue and silver scheme here, which in any case is just a commercial fabrication, I'm happy to say— meaning go to town with color this Hanukkah!
small rectangles of colored tissue paper
mod podge sparkle, or any decoupage medium, but love the sparkle!
a white box
Using a medium sized paint brush, apply mod podge to the box, working on small areas at a time, and carefully apply rectangles of tissue paper. Cover with another layer of mod podge and make sure all the corners and edges are adhered to the box.
Note: This craft actually came about after we finished making the menorah from the Kiwi Crate Handmade Hanukkah kit, which I wrote about here. There were some left over supplies and boxes that I just couldn't throw out, and yet saving them also seemed a little silly........so there on the spot I got to work making this fun little project! Thanks Kiwi Crate for providing enough little tissue paper squares in your kit to make a few extra projects, and a nice white box that was happily up-cycled to help us keep the little stuff organized this Hanukkah!
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