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Project

Candlelit Branch and Ribbon Star of David

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with this manzanita-branch menorah, sprayed shimmering silver and trimmed with candles.

Introduction

In keeping with holiday tradition, a small gift awaits each guest. But what's inside each box topped with a ribbon star is not the only surprise: Hidden within the napkin folds is chocolate gelt.

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Candlelit Branch Working on a covered surface, coat a manzanita branch with silver floral spray. Let dry.

  2. Step 2

    Attach 9 candle clips along branch, with 1 higher than the rest (for shammes candle).

  3. Step 3

    With a pencil, trace star template 9 times onto blue vellum. Cut out.

  4. Step 4

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    Using a 3/4-inch circle craft punch, remove center of each star. Cut along line on template. Slide stars onto clips. Insert Hanukkah candles.

  5. Step 5

    Ribbon Star of David Cut 1-inch-wide ribbon into two 17-inch lengths. (If using wider or narrower ribbon, alter length to keep a 1 to 17 proportion; substitute 1 ribbon width for each inch in step 2).

  6. Step 6

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    Lay 1 ribbon vertically. Measure 1 inch from top; mark on right edge with a disappearingink pen. Mark again 4 inches below first dot; mark a third dot 4 inches below that. With disappearing-ink pen, extend each mark into an equilateral triangle (A).

  7. Step 7

    Starting at top, fold ribbon along first marked triangle; using a hot-glue gun, glue beneath fold to secure.

  8. Step 8

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    Repeat at next 2 marked triangles (B), folding top end first and gluing bottom-end fold. Trim ribbon even with side of resulting triangle; tuck under first point.

  9. Step 9

    With second ribbon, repeat steps 2 and 3.

  10. Step 10

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    Weave folded point of second ribbon under left side of completed triangle, over right side (C). With disappearing-ink pen, mark top point of triangle for orientation.

  11. Step 11

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    Fold ribbon at second marked triangle. Weave ribbon under bottom side of triangle. Fold ribbon at third marked triangle. Weave ribbon under lower-right point of triangle (D). Trim ribbon; tuck under upper-right point.