You know all those useless catalogs that stuff up your mailbox before the holidays? Well, it turns out they’re not always so useless. Especially when you’re stumped in the crafting department and you’re looking for some inspiration. The Land of Nod is a great place to find it. I was skimming through their overpriced catalog when I happened upon this idea. And when you have the Hanukkah decor squashed into a quarter of a page (against a several page spread of Christmas decorations) you’ve got to learn to be creative. When I saw the countdown-to-Christmas calendar, I knew I had to make a Chanukah version with draidel pockets for each night. The pockets are perfect little holders for Chanukah chocolate coins, the real (green) stuff, draidels and little gifts. You can even use the center ribbon to personalize it for your family or child.
Hang this fun holiday wall hanging behind the menorah for some festive Hannukah decor.
Happy Crafting & Happy Chanukah!
Glue the blue felt sheet to one of the white felt sheets. Cut a piece of white felt 12″ long x 2.35″ wide. Glue it to the center of the blue felt sheet. Using the gift bow template, cut out around the bow shapes and staple them to the remaining white felt sheet. Cut out the bow shapes and the ribbon for the center. Glue one side of the ribbon around the back of one of the bows. Glue one bow to the white backing, and the other to the front blue sheet. Wrap the open end of the ribbon around the back and glue down.
To prepare the draidel pockets, print out 2 copies of each of the draidel templates. Staple the templates to sheets of felt (you can double the felt so you cut 2 at once) and cut out the shapes. Attach the pocket covers to the draidels, making sure to only glue down the sides. Glue all the draidel pockets to the blue felt sheet. For the numbers, cut 8 very thin strips of white felt. Working quickly, draw the number shape with glue onto the draidel pocket and press the strips of felt down on the glue, adjusting the strip to fit the number shape (you can practice with the strips beforehand to set the shape). Alternatively, you may write the numbers with puff paint, or use number stickers.
Fill the pockets each night with Chanukah gelt, chocolate coins, or little gifts!
VARIATION: Instead of a bow, you can make the center strip into a stem for a menorah, and have a menorah branch out at the top. You may also write the family name, child’s name or simply Chanukah along the center strip.