Part of my goal this holiday season was to put together some Hanukkah decorations that weren’t cheesy/didn’t suck. You can read that post here. I’ve found that Hanukkah DIY decorations are few and far between (at least for adults), so decided to put together a few that are easy AND unique!
First up is this gold wreath.
I started with this hoop. I’m not sure of the exact name of it, but it’s in the floral design section at Michaels and was only a few dollars. They have a bunch of different sizes! You could also use an embroidery hoop if you need to.
I took the hoop and painted it with some gold liquid gilding–this is one of my favorite craft tools and I use it all the time. I’ve had the same bottle for YEARS now and it never seems to be less than full. Magic? Maybe.
I picked up some faux florals from Michaels using a 40% off coupon and took apart the gold one.
Then, I glued the branches to the hoop using hot glue. The hot glue didn’t make the two stick together like I had hoped, so I ended up taking some gold thread (also from Michaels) and wrapping it around the branches once they were in place. It made for a nice touch, anyways!
Then, I made the center using supplies from Paper Source.
Have you guys heard of embossing? I’d heard bits and pieces around the crafting community, but hadn’t really tried it until I attended a Paper Source event in Lincoln Park last summer.
Basically, you use stamps, embossing powder, and really high heat to set this powder and make it look just so pretty.
I used this process for a few things: the centerpiece for my wreath, some Hanukkah cards, and some boxes to put goodies in. Here’s what you do:
- Dip your stamp in this special ink.
- Stamp up your paper! I like to make it so it goes off the page a little bit, so having some background paper to catch that is a must.
3. Cover your stamping area with embossing powder! I, in a crazy turn of events, used gold. ;)
4. Use another stamp if you want, and make that a different color!
5. Use the heat embossing tool to set the powder. You’ll know when it’s turning!
See how cool that looks?
I wrote out the name for this envelope with this pen–long live gel pens! Also, 10 points for you if you know what that address is. ;)
You can use this technique for SO MANY THINGS. Some ideas off the top of my head:
- Envelope liners
- Kraft treat boxes
One last idea… I used this pen (made of the same ink as the inkpad for embossing) to write out a few things and emboss them! For example, my friend’s name on the Kraft treat box below, and writing out my own sayings on these dreidel cutouts!
So, what do you think? Would you take up these Hanukkah DIY decorations?!
Also, if you liked this post you’ll definitely like this one.