Happy Hanukkah! I searched high and low for a cool menorah last year, but most menorahs are either very traditional *cough*BORING*cough or exPONsive.
So I decided to make my own from polymer clay!
I’ve nicknamed this the “shtetl menorah” because “shtetl” is the Yiddish word for a small village or town.
This project can be easily modified for different candle sizes or styles — it doesn’t have to be used as a menorah.
This scarf is great because it’s easy, quick, and inexpensive to make! Plus, you can wear it like a traditional scarf, or wind it up around your face, kind of like a Victorian ruff!
I’m using fleece, but if you’re feeling ballsy, try it with a lighter weight fabric, like jersey knit.Read more…
What better way to get #fabulouslyfestive than to festoon yourself (and others) with bows?
This bow would make a great topper for a gift since it’s the classic gift bow design… but the bonus is that since it’s made from fabric, it can double as a hair bow, brooch, or bracelet!
Of course you can use the same procedure for making a bow out of ribbon, fancy paper, or go the upcycled route and use some old magazine or newspaper pages!
Here’s what you need:
- fabric (or paper or ribbon) cut into 3/4″ strips
- three strips measuring 8.5″ long
- three strips measuring 7.5″ long
- two strips measuring 6.5″ long
- one strip measuring 2″ long
- 2″ square piece of felt
- high temp glue gun
- (optional) brooch clip, head band, hair clip, or bobby pin
When it comes to choosing fabric, you can use woven or knits. Woven fabrics will tend to fray, so keep that in mind. Lighter weight fabrics may need a layer of fusible interfacing so they don’t wind up too floppy- this may also help prevent fraying.
I’m using a scrap of holographic foil printed spandex for mine.
If you have a rotary cutter, it will make cutting the strips much easier than scissors.Read more…
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Check out these decorations I made out of tape:
All of the ornaments use the same basic shape. It’s just a piece of tape folded into a strip, as shown below.
That’s it! If you can fold a piece of tape and wield a stapler and a glue gun, you can make all of the ornaments in the photo! This would be a perfect project to do with little kids, just put them to work folding those strips!
To celebrate the official start of holiday madness, I’ve got another free applique template up in the shop – a pair of cute little trees!
I used my Silhouette cutter to transfer the designs to red and green flocked heat transfer material from Silhouette and made this cute Christmas apron!
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