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Maker Moments: Festival of Lights

Well these past few weeks I have focused Maker Moments on Christmas so I decided it was time to change it up and do Hanukkah. Some people have asked to see dies for this holiday awhile ago and although we currently do not carry that particular theme, I decided to show what you can do with what we have. I have to say, I had a great time designing these decor pieces. Most especially, I learned a lot about the significance of this religious tradition. So really, it was a win, win for me. And the colors, I loved them! So here we go. I hope to inspire you to make some of these. Even if you do not celebrate Hanukkah, I think you will see that it is easy to change up the sentiments to make them whatever significance the season holds for you.

For all of the the projects shown above you will need the following machine:

Spellbinders™ Platinum™ Machine: PL-001

Shalom Gift Bag


To create the gift bag you will need the following supplies:


Bird Die-D-Lite: S2-156

Sprigs: S2-048

Victorian Letters: S6-036


Blue Cardstock

Gold Posterboard

Blue Gift Bag

Tissue Paper

Foam Dots


Die-cut and emboss Bird from blue card stock and gold poster board.  Adhere together and attach to bag using foam dots. Die-cut sentiment and several sprigs from blue card stock.  Adhere to bag.  Insert tissue paper.  Ok, so tell me, was that easy or what?


“Be A Light” Card


Gift of Happiness Die Set: S7-203

Be/So Hex Stamp and Die Set: SDS-031


Blue Cardstock

Light Blue Cardstock

Gold Poster Board

Glittered Cardstock

White Cardstock


Watercolor Brush

White Pen

Black Pigma Pen

Gold Pen

Die-cut card base from dark blue card stock.  Fold up as indicated.  Die-cut white card stock using rectangular-die.  Watercolor a blue wash onto front of white card. Hand write the word “light” using a black pen. Die-cut sentiment and candles from gold poster board and glittered card stock.  Adhere to card base as shown. Die-cut small stars from light blue card stock. Adhere to card base as shown.  Embellish single candle with gold pen, if desired.



Supplies Needed:

Three’s A Crowd Contour Die: SR-013

Type-Oh! Contour Die: SR-011

Standard Circles LG Nestabilities Dies: S4-114

Candle from Gift of Happiness Die Set: S7-203


Dark Blue Cardstock

Light Blue Cardstock

White Cardstock

Glittered Cardstock

Gold Poster Board

String or Ribbon

Hot Glue Gun



Die-cut both blue card stock pieces using small and large pointed banners. Trim the top of both pieces by 3/4″ then layer together.

Die-cut circles from white card stock and adhere to banner. Die-cut candles from gold and glittered card stock and adhere to banner. Attach a small strip of paper to top of each banner piece to form a dreidel. Attach dreidels to string or ribbon using hot glue. Sprinkle with sequins if desired.



OK, This was super fun for me because I really had to get creative and figure out how to make such an object without a die that was created specifically for this.  It just so happened these two boxes came to mind AND they were the perfect dimensions!  Whoooo hoo!  Winner :).  Best yet, it is very easy to make.

Supplies Needed:

Giving Makes You Happy Contour Die-SR-016

Diamond in the Rough-SR-028

Gold Poster Board

Red Tape

Dark Blue Cardstock

Adhesive for Tabs

The instructions are easier visually so I will walk you through it and show pictures as I go.  Cutting the Giving Makes You Happy box correctly is very important!

Die-cut two of the Giving boxes.  And here’s the trick**** Die-cut one box with the gold poster board UP and die-cut one box with the gold poster board side DOWN!  If you cut them the same, the tabs will not work.

Attach the two boxes together.  One big lid will be on the top and one big lid will be on the bottom.  The tabs should meet on the sides, anchoring the box together. It should look like this…

Then assemble.


Now go back to the diamond box.  Assemble the sides but do not close the lid.  Trim down the lid and tabs to about 1/2″.

Add red tape to the folded tabs.  It should look like this…

Peel back red liner and attach box to bottom of Giving Makes You Happy box.

For the top of the dreidel, I rolled up a piece of dark blue card stock, adhered it together then adhered it to the top of the box. I added the Hebrew symbols to the sides to recreate what a dreidel looks like.  And that is it.  This box goes together really fast.

Sure hoping you all try at least one of these projects.  Really, the best part of creating for me is the journey and the joy i find in the midst of putting it all together. Oh, and the people I am making them for. Whatever holiday you celebrate, I wish you the very best

Thanks for stopping by!




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