Oy to the World!

It’s December, and if this year is anything like last, that means it’s the holiday season! For many people this means decking their halls in green and red, decorating trees, and listening to Christmas carols. What you may not realize is that this year the beginning of Hanukkah falls on December 8th, so lots of people are currently decorating their homes and planning their gifts for this joyous Jewish holiday!

If you need some ideas for creating decorations for your home, a host/hostess gift, or just a little something for yourself to celebrate the Festival of Light, here are some adorable (and easy!) projects you can complete before this weekend. Have yourself a nosh (why not whip up a batch of latkes?), put on some fun Hanukkah music by Meshugga Beach Party, and get crafty!

Wax catcher from Better Homes & Gardens (bhg.com)

Wax catcher from Better Homes & Gardens (bhg.com)

Wax catcher for a candlestick

Ingredients: cardboard, scissors, decorative paper, glitter, glue, round nose pliers, wire cutters, jump rings, wire, and beads.

Cut a star shape out of the cardboard, then trim your decorative paper in a similar shape, but a tiny bit smaller. Affix paper with glue, and allow to dry. Next, apply a sheer layer of glue on top of the paper. Sprinkle with glitter, and allow glitter to dry. Once completely dry, poke small holes near the edges of your cardboard star with a needle, safety pin, or another small, sharp implement. Loop open jump rings through the holes to attach your dangles, or loop the wire of your dangles directly through the holes, and your done! For a short tutorial on how to create simple loops for your beaded dangles, click here.

Napkin rings

Napkin rings from Better Homes & Gardens (bhg.com)

Napkin rings from Better Homes & Gardens (bhg.com)

Ingredients: Memory Wire, round nose pliers, Memory Wire cutters (or other heavy-duty wire cutters), charms, and beads.

Cut a two- or three-loop piece of Memory Wire. Curl one end of the wire using your round nose pliers. Slide beads and charms on in your desired patten. When you have about 1/2 inch of wire remaining, curl the other end with your round nose pliers. Voilà! Make napkin rings in different styles for variety, or create a matching set. Either way, these make terrific host/hostess gifts!

Star of David earrings from Tierra Cast.

Star of David earrings from Tierra Cast.

Star of David earrings

Ingredients: For a full list of specific ingredients, click here. You will also need round nose pliers, chain nose or flat nose pliers for opening the jump rings, and wire cutters.

For a short tutorial on how to create simple loops for your beaded dangles, click here.

Once you’ve made your simple loops, all you need to do is use jump rings to connect your loops to the other components as shown. Make a pair for yourself and a pair for your bubbe. She deserves it!

The following projects probably aren’t ones you can complete in just a few days, but we think they’re awesome, so we’re including them anyway. 🙂 From all of us here at Blue Door Beads, Chanuka Sameach! (Happy Hanukkah!)

Beaded menorah from avivjudaica.com

Beaded menorah from avivjudaica.com

Crocodile menorah from fairtradejudaica.org

Beaded crocodile menorah from fairtradejudaica.org

Beaded menorah ornament from www.sova-enterprises.com

Beaded menorah ornament from http://www.sova-enterprises.com

Menorah earrings by http://www.etsy.com/shop/fantasybeader

Menorah earrings from fantasybeader through http://www.etsy.com

Non-denominational holiday ornaments from familyholiday.net

Non-denominational holiday ornaments from familyholiday.net

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