You might remember that I visited with you all at Sukkot and again at Chanukah, to share some frugal and creative crafts for those chagim (holidays). I’m very excited that Hannah has asked me back as a guest poster.
With Purim in less than one month, I bet you can guess what I’ll be talking about today?! Yes, Purim crafts! The more creative and frugal, the better. I also snuck in a few Purim recipes and simple costume ideas, too—¦ hope no one minds!
The quintessential Purim craft is, of course, the noise maker —“ also known as ra’ashan (in Hebrew) or gragger (in Yiddish). There are endless ways to repurpose your recycling bin and a bag of dried beans into a very noisy noise maker – most of which my kids have made one year or another in preschool.
Here are some of our favorites, although I’d love to hear about your best homemade ra’ashan, too:
o The recycled cups noise maker (isn’t everything the Creative Jewish Mom does amazing?)
o The paper plate noise maker (scroll half-way down the page)
My children have worn homemade costumes every Purim thus far —“ which is something that I —“ a non-sewer —“ take a great deal of pride in. However, I suspect that this year, DS1 (almost 8) may put his foot down.
What is it about those store-bought costumes that is so appealing? He really wants to be a character from Pokeman. Or is it Bakugan? Not my choice, but I guess the older they get, the less control we have!
Even still, if time and child temperament permits, this photo gallery of simple no-sew costumes just charm your little ones. And you might get a kick out of Martha Stewart’s no-sew Coffee Filter Goddess costume. I know I did —“ shaking my head the whole while at how Martha can make even coffee filters complex and delightful.
And, of course, don’t forget about Hannah’s comprehensive list of easy Purim costume ideas.
Purim Recipes: Hamantashen
While poppy seed may be the traditional way to go, I like to mix it up when it comes to our hamantashen / oznei haman. (Perhaps that’s less about my urge for creativity than my intense distaste for poppy seed.) Either way, I am always on the look out for inventive ideas to replace the pereg (poppy seed).
We’ve done strawberry jelly, chocolate chips and even Nutella spread. But this idea from Adventures in MamaLand just bowled me over: Gingerbread Hamantashen with a Chocolate Brownie Filling. Oh my, yum. MUST TRY!
For more out-of-the-box ideas for your Purim pastries, check out this exhaustive list of hamantashen recipes from Gourmet Kosher Cooking.
Creative Mishloach Manot Ideas
When it comes to your Mishloach Manot, do you like to keep it simple, with a bottle of grape juice and a baggie of hamantashen? Or do you prefer to put your creative stamp on each Purim goody bag you deliver?
If —œgreen— is more your style, Creative Jewish Mom has you covered with her gorgeous recycled Purim containers, made out of everything from soda bottles to cereal boxes to empty cans. Incredible how a humble cereal box can look so regal!
And finally—¦ over on my blog, I am hosting a round-up of creative —“ and frugal —“mishloach manot ideas. If you’ve got a Mishloach Manot you are especially proud of, I’d love for you to email me a description and picture. Next week, I’ll be showcasing all the ideas I’ve received —“ and the best submission (as voted on by my readers) will win a $10 Amazon gift card!
Did I miss a favorite Purim craft, costume, recipe or other creative idea? Please share in the comments section!
And a Purim Sameach, to all!
Mara Strom blogs at Kosher on a Budget about how to live a rich and fruitful Jewish life, without multiplying your budget. When she’s not scouting out bargains or paying pennies for her groceries, Mara stays busy chasing after her three children and challenging her husband to a game of Scrabble.
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