As many of us know, Hanukkah is a holiday celebrating the Jewish rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. You may recognize it as a time of latkes, doughnuts, dreidels, gifts and gelt. Besides an abundance of delicious fried foods and gifts, the festival (much like Christmas) brings together family and friends. Before Hanukkah starts this year, we've collected some gifts and crafts to help you celebrate the eight-day festival.
These colorful yarn ornaments are a great activity for both kids and adults. Hang them around the house to celebrate the season.
Check out Gingerbread Snowflakes for how to make these ornaments.
Perfect for beginners, these crochet pouches add a handmade touch to your Hanukkah gelt and gifts. This project is not only quick but results in a lovely little pouch.
Visit Creative Jewish Mom for the tutorial.
For a special Hanukkah centerpiece, coat a branch with silver paint. Glue nine candle clips onto the branch. Then cut out nine stars from blue vellum, removing the centers with a hole punch. Put these stars onto the candle clips and add candles.
For more information, head over to Martha Stewart.
These embroidered felt dreidel coasters are great for a Hanukkah party. They're simple enough to make extra sets to give out as gifts.
Check out Purl Soho for the full how-to.
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with kids using this envelope countdown. Hang a yardstick on the wall and attach eight numbered envelopes in assorted colors using small clips. Fill the envelopes with gifts and activities and have the kids open an envelope each day.
Head to Martha Stewart for more Hanukkah crafts.
These crochet candle finger puppets are a cute complement to your tradition of singing Hanukkah songs. Young and old will cherish these handmade treasures year after year.
Get the pattern by Bethany Katherine on Ravelry.