Decorating for Hanukkah

November 27, 2013    |    By +
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It’s Thanksgiving, no, it’s Hanukkah, nope — this year, it’s Thankgivukkah! Things are getting a little confusing around the holidays this year. Hanukkah starts tonight at sundown, so for all of you who celebrate the Festival of Lights, Happy Hanukkah! To put you in a festive mood, we have some fun DIY and easy on-trend Hanukkah decorating ideas to get your home in the holiday spirit. Blue and white are the colors of Hanukkah, and typically there isn’t much variation. We recommend sticking to tradition but adding in different textures, shades or metallic accents to keep it interesting. Multi-textured white, for example, with just a few pops of bold blue, or try light blue and white with pops of shiny silver.

Make a Modern Manzanita-Brand Menorah

Oh, do we love DIY projects, and oh, do we love the DIY queen herself, Martha Stewart.  Her site had a great idea for a modern manzanita-branch menorah that is sprayed with shiny silver for a wonderfully sparkly holiday this year. The combo of texture and sparkle, makes this a glamorous, yet natural centerpiece for your dining room or coffee table. It can be left out even long after the eight crazy days are over.



This is from the Martha Stewart website’s blog, “Home Design with Kevin Sharkey.”


Star of David on Your Walls

A Star of David is one of the easiest things to draw, create or DIY.  Try using twigs or sticks to create a unique Star of David to add some earthy texture to any empty wall space begging for holiday pizzaz. We love the look of one super big star with tiny twinkly lights intertwining the branches.  Maybe try to make a mini version for your mantel.  This trend is very popular on Pinterest this season.

Let the Kids Get in the Spirit

Most families have a menorah that gets lit each year.  This year, why not add on? Get the kids involved by getting them their very own, huge menorah ($38.99) from Pottery Barn Kids. Not only does it look fabulous, but the kids will feel important and will make the Holiday of Lights even more meaningful.



Happy Hanukkah and if you are looking for great gift ideas for this holiday, make sure to check out our post on Hanukkah Gift Tips as well!




Lindsay Roberts is a nationally known gift expert and founder of She is regularly interviewed on gifting segments for network affiliates across the country. She has been featured on sites like E! Online and, and has been hired as a spokesperson and social media gift expert for national brands.


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