I had a rare moment to kill the other day so I decided to go to my local Jo-ann Fabrics and look around for ideas. I was feeling crafty and needed some inspiration for the High Holidays. In the floral aisle, I saw this leaflet, which I thought was pretty cool and since old-time Chai & Home readers are well familiar with our discussions about wreaths for Hanukkah, I thought it was a great project to explore Jewishly.
Shalom is an obvious welcome word, but you could also do Chag Sameach, which would fill the square nicely.
The key supplies for this project are the paper covered wire and the square wire frame. Those were the only things I had to buy because I had everything else. The autumnal floral pieces I had from last year’s Naked Honey Cake but this time of year Jo-ann has these on 40% off so they are something like $2.50 each or even cheaper. Here is everything you will need:
- Square or other wreath shape
- Paper covered wire
- Spray paint
- Floral elements
The hard part is creating the letters and even this is not really that hard. I chose to create each letter individually and then connect them because it was just easier than trying to do it all in one piece. There is a lot of paper covered wire in the spool so you if you don’t like the way a letter turned out, you can just scrap it and re-do it.
Here is what it looks like unpainted. At this point, I realized it might look really cool in black but I decided to continue with my autumnal feel and spray paint the entire thing gold. You can also spray paint the frame a different color than the words.
To connect the words and floral elements, I unwrapped the paper from the wire and used it plain so it wouldn’t be seen against the gold…and voila! It’s done.
This project literally took me only like an hour to do. I probably waited longer for the spray paint to dry than I did anything else. This concept also presents some fun possibilities for Hanukkah that I’m looking forward to exploring.