Visit the colorful and cleverly designed website of this fabulous craft book (www.celebratingwithjewishcrafts.com) and you won’t think twice about shelling out a significant amount of money to own this one-of-a-kind resource. Clearly a labor of love by a talented group of designers and artists, this self-published huge hardcover book weighs in at over 300 pages of heavy art paper replete with beautiful full-color photos and step-by-step instructions. The crafts include every Jewish occasion imaginable, along with other fun items, like bookmarks, hamsas, siddur covers, placemats, etc. Each volume comes individually shrinkwrapped and in its own box. It seems that even the artistically challenged can find enough projects to keep busy and have a good time, but most of the directions require pre-planning and a trip to the craft store for some supplies. “Salt Dough” and “Flour Paste” modeling look easy and fun and the uses for Polymer clay seem endless. Put a “Wine Bottle Suit” made of felt on the Manischewitz at your next Seder… braid your own Havdalah candles.… make a little Sukkah out of straws, chopsticks pencils or a sushi mat.… or a miniature Torah made from two small rolling pins…take apart a jump rope and make a coiled basket or coaster from the cord. The possibilities are endless and the money is well spent.
Celebrating With Jewish Crafts
Lisa Silverman is director of Sinai Temple’s Blumenthal Library in Los Angeles and a former day school librarian. She is the former children’s book review editor of Jewish Book World.
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