Thursday, December 2, 2010

Crafting for Hanukkah - Star of David Mobile

This is a fun little craft that involves lots of sticky, messy glue, by default making it a hit with small children.

We used six different fabric trims in different shades of blue and gold, each one cut into six 3" strips.

You dip the strips into fabric stiffener (or white glue, if you don't happen to have a bottle of fabric stiffener around) and squeeze out the excess (the particularly fun part)...

Then lay them out on wax paper in the shapes of Stars of David. We let ours dry overnight before peeling them off the wax paper.

Then we covered dowels with blue ribbon, tied the stars up with embroidery floss, and added another string of floss for hanging. It looks neat if it's hung where the stars can turn freely.

If you don't celebrate Hanukkah and don't know anyone that does, you can stiffen just about any kind of fabric this way and make all sorts of cool creations.

And on that note, Happy Hanukkah!

Edited to add: After some confusion, I thought I should reiterate that the craft uses fabric stiffener, not fabric softener. I'd hate for someone to try this with fabric softener and be disappointed!


Wendy said...

pretty decorations. Happy Hanukkah!

Wendy said...

The funniest thing happened today. We had to decorate a gingerbread person for Lyric's family project. She wanted to use yarn and make hair and wanted it to stay flipped up. I was like...if we only had some fabric stiffener!!