December 15, 2014
Traditions are a changin’. Life happens and sometimes you need to go with the flow. And then dump a little glitter in the flow.
This year, my parents have decided to celebrate Hanukkah instead of Christmas. Changing things up a bit. And because decorations are my favorite part of this time of year (that and cookies and carols and buying gifts and wrapping gifts), I thought I’d help my mom out and make a couple of things to help decorate her home.
Enter the dreidel:
Mom plans to put these out on the dining room table during our last night of Hanukkah/Christmas Eve dinner. She bought a couple of packages of dreidels at Bed Bath and Beyond. They looked like this:
I said, “No, Mom. That won’t do!” And so I took them home and turned them into this:
Much better, I think.
I scoured the internet for the best Hebrew font (“best” measured by how easily I could craft with it) and found this one. I then used this handy dreidel game guide to figure out exactly which characters I needed to use. No small task.
And I cut out my stencils using my Silhouette!
The Silhouette handled these tiny Hebrew characters like a pro.
I spray painted the dreidels silver. It took some holiday patience to let the first side dry before flipping the dreidels over to apply more paint. I didn’t have that patience for the first batch and they turned out a bit more gloopy.
But only the prettiest ones for the camera.
I took my vinyl stencils and carefully painted the characters on in black. I used craft paint, so each side dried quickly. No patience necessary there.
I loved the way they turned out and think they’ll look pretty classy on the dinner table!
I had previously made this “Happy Hanukkah” burlap bunting for my mom’s birthday. I used a similar stencil method to make these.
And if you are interested in some more fun Hanukkah decor, check out my Hanukkah Inspirations favorites on Etsy!