Here's how you can bring the Maccabees
to life with your very own hands.
YOU WILL NEED:
• Various colors of felt (scraps are OK)
• two pieces of felt, about 12x12, in the
• glue or a needle and thread
• small items for design, such as buttons
Meet the Maccabee finger puppets
Begin by tracing your fingers on a sheet
of paper, then cut the shapes out.
Place these on top of a piece of
felt, using one of the two pieces of
same shape and color. Use a pen-
cil (so the marks won't show) to
trace, making the designs on the felt
slightly larger than your fingers. Do the
same with the second piece of felt, then
glue or sew the two matching pieces to-
gether around the edges (make sure you
can fit your fingers inside the puppets).
Your Maccabees are now ready for decorat-
In addition to the puppets, consider
making a miniature felt menorah and oil
and other symbols of the holiday.
By now you probably have received a nice Chanukah
card, or made a beautiful piece of art work for the
holiday yourself, and you're wondering what else
you can do with it. Here's an idea.
With a little liquid polymer and self-adhesive pin
backs, both of which are available at local craft stores,
you can make your own jewelry.
All you have to do is cut out the shape you want to use
for the pin. Be sure to use fairly sturdy paper, or else
glue cardboard to the back. A number of craft and hobby
shops also sell small, pre-cut plastic shapes (usually cir-
cles and squares) which are strong, but will cost a little
Use your imagination to decorate. You can add glitter
glue, ribbons, antique cutouts, photographs and stickers.
Once your design is complete, paint over with the liquid
polymer. When this. is dry, attach the adhesive pin and
try on your beautiful new creation.