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DIY Art Card Crafts for Kids


DIY Art Card Crafts for Kids

No Comments 27 April 2010

By: Sarah Rivka Dahan . Check out my blog! http://www.creativejewishmom.typepad.com/
Shavuos Felt Card With Embroidery
Mommy’s Creation: My first
attempt at embroidery on paper, lots of fun!

I sat down the other day and did an impromptu art project together
with two of my kids! And of course I’m happy to share the results with
you, since this is a great project for all ages and abilities. I cut
out lots of petal shaped felt pieces and provided the kids with folded
cards, glue, a box of buttons and some yarn.

Add your kid’s picture and you have a great Mother’s Day Card!

Here’s what they came up

Shavuos Cards Kids versions

Aren’t these just the cutest? My almost 8 yr old daughter did the
one on the left, and my almost 5 yr old son did the one on the right. I
just love seeing their personalities reflected in their art!

You’ll Need:

  • felt
  • buttons
  • yarn
  • thick needle with eye big enough for yarn
  • card stock

Shavuos Cards In Process

How To:

Pretty self explanatory, just some notes about the embroidery:

  1. When embroidering on paper, unlike fabric there is no room for
    making mistakes since a hole is a hole!
  2. So plan ahead and make your holes before you start embroidering.
    Also, you really can’t see what you’re doing from the back, so there’s
    no way to know where to come up through the paper with your needle
    unless you’ve either made holes or marked them with
  3. I used both yarn (green) and embroidery floss (orange) and I love
    the contrast between the two weights.
  4. With embroidered cards you’ll want to work on a flat piece of card
    stock (or two pieces, like mine, namely a white square glued onto a
    pink square) and then glue your artwork to the card after you’ve
    completed the embroidery. Because the embroidered card had some
    dimension it can’t lie flat, (which is actually a plus!) so I used hot
    glue to affix it to the card.

Enjoy, and keep in touch!

Sara Rivka


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An Easy Art Project for Kids or Adults

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An Easy Art Project for Kids or Adults

No Comments 25 April 2010

A couple of years ago, I did this project with my two little sisters for my first apartment. I hung it above a chinese console that I painted lime green!

I love that its easy enough for a kid to make, plus it helps kids learn about mixing and juxtaposing interesting colors… and I think it turned out pretty cool!

I used 1 large canvas, 2 different widths of painter’s tape and acrylic paints… It took about an hour and a half and my sisters LOVED making it! I wanted it to be really bright and colorful, but you could limit your color palate and create something a little more sophisticated.

Happy DIY!



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Custom Mosaic Gifts!

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Custom Mosaic Gifts!

2 Comments 25 March 2010

My friend Hannah is one of the most talented girls I know! She makes bows for all of our daughters, bakes Challah every week and she has one really phenomenal talent that I just HAD to share with you all: She creates gorgeous mosaic gifts! It started as a hobby when we were kids: we all took art classes together. One summer we did mosaics instead of painting. I stuck with the painting and haven’t made a cent! She stuck with the Mosaics and has turned it into a career!

She makes everything from Shabbat trays, monogramed backgammon sets, picture frames, even a menorah!

Her pieces are so beautiful:


I really cant believe how good she is! The trays, the backgammon sets! Monogrammed! I die.

I am ordering a monogramed backgammon set for my living room stat. I already have an adorable picture frame with my baby’s name that Hannah gave me as a baby gift!

Her prices range from $30 for a small picture frame to Shabbat trays at $175, Monogramed trays start at $225.

Email her at mailto:mosaicsbyhannah@gmail.com to order.

Happy Passover! I bet Hannah makes one killer Matzah tray!!!

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An Afikoman Bag to Make With Your Kids


An Afikoman Bag to Make With Your Kids

No Comments 20 March 2010

Its easy to get wrapped up in Passover planning and forget the real purpose of the holiday. Our kids. The memories we create year by year are what they carry with them forever. So, as I started planning my Passover menu, I put down my pen and said to Sarah, “Lets make a Pesach craft.”  Inspired by Kaboose,we gathered some

    • watercolor paints
    • watercolor paper
    • ribbon or raffia
    • hole punch
    • watecolor pencils
    • stencils
    • kosher salt
  1. Cut  a large piece of watercolor paper into 2 large pieces- about 11×13 inches.
  2. Mix your watercolors paints with water to create the colors of your choice.
  3. Spray or spread a thin layer of water on top of the watercolor paper. Blot it slightly with a paper towel so its not too wet.
  4. Paint and splatter paints onto the watercolor paper to your hearts content, letting the colors bleed onto each other.
  5. Sprinkle some kosher salt on top of the colors, the effects are fun to watch.
  6. When dry, stencil the words afikoman in English or Hebrew on a separate piece of watercolor paper using watercolor pencils. Watercolor pencils are fun to use. After drawing your design, wet the design with a brush and watch a mere colored pencil drawing turn into a watercolor design.

  1. You can also stencil flowers or any other design on a separate paper.
  2. Punch holes approximately 2 inches apart along the perimeters of both pages along 3 sides of the pages in order to leave an opening for the afikoman.
  3. Make sure the holes on both pages line up!
  4. Thread a ribbon or raffia through the holes- its a great sewing lesson for little kids!
  5. Make a knot or bow at the end.
  6. Glue the Afikoman words, and your other stencil embellishments onto one of the painted papers.
  7. Enjoy your child’s masterpiece!
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Not Your Grandmother’s Lace….

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Not Your Grandmother’s Lace….

No Comments 17 March 2010

Metalaceart Holiday Lace Bowls

These Lace Holiday bowls can be found at Modern Tribe

Not Your Grandmother’s Lace….

By: Anna Katsnelson

Have you mislaid that beautiful lace that your grandmother brought from Hungary, Romania or Spain? Did you want to use it on your table during the upcoming holidays? Are you longing to start a new tradition this Passover or to continue an old one? What better way to celebrate tradition than by introducing into your home beautiful objects made by a female Jewish artist.

These works of art are exquisite holiday gifts, and will be treasured forever.

Israeli artist, Talila Abraham, has just what you’re looking for. Reclaiming lace for the 21st century, she creates antique lace designs on a variety of metals. Weaving metal like fabric, Abraham produces rare details on the everyday objects of a Jewish home. Elaborate mezuzahs, delicate coasters, dazzling serving bowls and platters are adorned with fine ornamentation.

Abraham uses stainless steel and brass to create intricate patterns that merge into flowers, leaves, petals, and snowflakes. From bobbin lace to ethnic embroidery: Abraham’s influences are the lace-making traditions of Belgium, Holland, Italy, Romania, and even the Beduin nomads. Abraham acknowledges these cultures while reasserting that handmade textiles can have a new life in metals.

Abraham was born in 1965 and graduated from two of Israel’s Technological institutes. She has devoted herself to researching and following in the footsteps of European and Middle Eastern lace-makers while creating an art work that is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.

The Jewish Museum Shop in Manhattan has an exquisite selection of  Talila Abraham‘s works for sale.

Lace Matzoh Holder

Wild Lace Challah Basket

The Jewish Museum

1109 5th Ave at 92nd St

New York NY 10128

Adults $12
Seniors (65 and over with ID) $10
Students (full-time with valid ID) $7.50
Children (eleven & under) Free

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