Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sukkot Decorations

I have a confession to make - I don't really like holidays. That is the Jewish holidays that we usually celebrate. The only one I really like is Purim, which is similar to Halloween, but I'll talk about that in another post. My no. 2 fave is Sukkot. It's quite a simple, easy-peasy holiday. Not too many holiday dinners and all I have to do is decorate the sukkah with the kids. Piece of cake. We already have a box full of decorations from past years. We only open it on Sukkot and sometimes on birthday parties, and each year we add some more decorations.

Here are some of the ideas from our magic box:

Take fabric leftovers, cut to strips 3 cm (1.2") wide and in different lengths. Tie each piece to a long piece of ribbon, and that's all. Then you can hang it above the entrance to the Sukkah or on one of the walls.

String lights are always a huge success. You can always use a store-bought one, but it's more fun to make one yourself. So how can you make it?
Prepare in advance a few cups (paper ones or regular) wrapped in plastic wrap and place them upside down. Take a few small crochet doilies that you don't need anymore, dip them in a mix of 2/3 Elmer's glue and 1/3 water. Put on cups and wait for them to dry and harden (24-48 hours). Now you can just attach them to a set of regulat string lights.

OK, this one is a cheat :) Do you know these paper balls? You can get them in many colors and different sizes and they're super cheap. Just buy 20 or so and hang around your Sukkah. Pretty and useful - by the end of the holiday you can just fold them back and store them for next year.

This tissue paper pom poms are a must in our Sukkah. There's a great tutorial by Martha Stewart here.

And this is a miniature Sukkah that we made last year. It actually had more details to it, but for some reason I only found this picture. After it was ready, the kids used little Playmobil people and accessories to play with it, until it just collapsed... Well, that's a great excuse to make another one this year.

And last thing - I prepared a Pinterest board all about Sukkot. I'll keep on pinning to it in the coming days, so make sure you follow.

I really want to see your amazing Sukkas! Please send links in the comments section or post pictures on The Crafeteria FB page.

Happy Sukkot!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Tutorial - Toilet Paper Roll Gift Box

Hold on a sec! This empty toilet paper roll that you just threw away? Take it out!
I love recycling and empty toilet paper rolls are a great source for me. You won't believe some of the amazing stuff that you can make from empty toilet paper rolls. Just search it on Pinterest and you'll be amazed, guaranteed!

So today I'm going to show you how to make an adorable gift box from empty toilet paper rolls.

You'll need - 
empty toilet paper rools (Duh!)
decorative paper (I used old newspapers, magazines and books)

Use the gluestick to glue the paper around the toilet paper roll.

Leave 0.5" (1.3 cm) of paper on each end.

Add some glue on the inside edge as well and fold the paper inside.

Now comes the tricky part -  press the toilet paper roll in the middle of one end to create a curved crease.

Repeat through all.

Insert your gift, then wrap with ribbon.

This is addictive, folks, I'm warning you. Once you make one, you feel the need to make hundreds more.

So enjoy and don't forget to show me your boxes on The Crafeteria FB page or tag me on Instagram (@thecrafeteria)!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Heart Wand Tutorial - My Post for Plucky's Second Thought

Things have been quiet here lately...
I'm not really complaining, but lately I feel like I'm missing 5-6 hours a day. Although I really do my best to manage my time and although I promise myself every evening that I won't go to sleep past 10 pm, somehow when the clock strikes midnight, I'm still up and awake.

Here's what happens -

One baby still at home with mommy +
Product design studies, I just started 2 months ago +
New part time job
2 kids that still supply their share of work for mommy +
Home stuff, you know... +
Articles I started writing for an Israeli lifestyle website +
The man also needs some attention =
Thank god we decided to wait with the dog we wanted to take...

Anyhow, I'm still Plucky's Second Thought's DIY contributor, and this time I made a heart wand for Valentine's Day. My girl loves it, I hope you'll love it too. See the full tutorial here.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Shop a Week

Well, it's not really a-shop-a-week any more. More like a-shop-a-month... But, hey, we're still here, so it could have been worse... My life feels like a total chaos in the last month or so (I'm back to part-time work, after a year and a half, I began studying again but still at home with the little one), so I neglected the blog a bit. Hopefully it will get better soon...
Anyhow, Green Queen Eco Design is a fantastic shop. I've been following it for a while now. They sell mostly fabric lampshades. I actually fantasize about making one myself, but meanwhile let's just take a look at these beautiful lampshades.

Fabric lampshade
I love the color palette of this lampshade

Fabric lampshade
And this one is more on the romantic side

Fabric lampshade
I want this for my craft room! And my bedroom. And the living room...
And this one is not a lampshade nor made of fabric, but it's a great idea as a gift for kids that have everything already.

Pebbles Dominos
Pebble Dominos

Don't forget, if you know of any amazing online shop, or if you own one, let me know :)

Merry Xmas Everyone!!!
Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 22, 2013

DIY Umbrella Tutorial

I don't know how the winter is where ever you are, but here, in Israel, we had a few stormy days last week, winter has finally arrived! And so we found ourselves needing umbrellas. I wanted the kids (and myself!) to have personal umbrellas, so we sat down and began working. It's super easy!
DIY Umbrella Tutorial
You'll need -

DIY Umbrella Tutorial

- Transparent umbrella
- Permanent markers
- Acrylics
- Stencils (you can either buy them or make yourself using empty boxes, like my guitar. I used empty cereal box to make it)
- Piece of fabric and a brush (the fabric will be our ink pad for the stamps)
- Stamps

The most important thing here, is to remember to work on the inside of the umbrella. We want to try and protect our decorations from the rain.
Place a stencil on one of the triangles of the umbrella (insind, remember?) and paint using the markers or acrylics. To hold it in place, you can use scotch tape. If you're drawing details, you'll find it easier to work with the markers.

DIY Umbrella Tutorial

When you're done, carefully remove the stencil. If the paint smears, you can gently take it off using Fresh Ones. If it's already dry, or if you want to remove a big part of it, use nail polish remover.

DIY Umbrella Tutorial

In the next triangle you can try working with stamps. Use the brush to apply acrylic paint onto the piece of fabric, dip the stamp in the paint, place on the umbrella and press.

DIY Umbrella Tutorial
If you're making it for your kids, it's always useful to add their name (or write whatever you want!).

DIY Umbrella Tutorial

You can use a stecil for that too, just don't forget that we work inside the umbrella, so you should mirror write it.

DIY Umbrella Tutorial
That's Hebrew...
Decorate all the triangles the same way. Now you just need to wait for the next rain to come...

DIY Umbrella Tutorial

Have a warm winter and Happy Holidays!