Purim of the Arts – Center Pieces!

These center pieces were so much fun and definitely added to the decor of the room!

I got the paint cans donated from a local paint store and using glue dots so the top paint can wouldn’t roll off the bottom, positioned them on top of each other.

To make the black ‘paint’ dripping on the sides of the large can, I used adhesive permanent vinyl. You can search for this on amazon.com and it comes in a roll. Cut out a strip to fit the circumference of your paint can and then cut a pattern of ‘drips’!

You can trim any vinyl that ends up going above the rim of the can by using an exacto knife. It is VERY sticky and flimsy so as you can see, it isn’t so simple to get it flush with the can. Another idea would be to use real paint and let it drip naturally or paint it on yourself.

I used puff paint to write Purim on the paint brush and ordered mini easels from oriental trading.

The red ‘paint’ was a vinyl I found at a fabric store, but you could use any color fabric of your choice or even streamers!

The signs for the craft tables and the center piece tables are below.

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Purim of the Arts – Craft tables!

Purim masks for decorating. Masks are from rtdtrading.com (search Plastic White Face Mask for Craft). Feathers, pompoms, sequins are from discountschoolsupply.com. Use Tacky glue from craft stores. A fun creative way to celebrate Purim!

Ice cream tubs are perfect to hold embellishments. You can find these from shopsweetlulu.com

I wish I would have captured the artwork! This is fun for kids and adults alike! Paint is from discountschoolsupply.com as well as brushes. Palettes are from amazon. And the canvases are from Jerry’s Artarama. (8×10 sold in boxes of 20)

And gragger making! See, previous post for details!

Hamantashen Decorating Table is easy and fun. Make dough in advance, put sprinkles in paint palettes. Use parchment paper squares to put dough on and send home in clear clamshell containers with baking instructions. Don’t forget the variety of fillings!

Purim of the Arts – Feed your Creativity!

Cut out a palette using an exacto knife, on foam core board sold at Michaels or other craft stores. Then ice cupcakes using different shades of icing! Add paint brushes and your’e all set!

Rice krispy treats made into paint brushes! Simply make a tray of treats, cut into rectangles, slide popsicle stick in and dip into melted chocolate chips (mix a little vegetable oil into melted chocolate so it’s not so think). Let it drip if you wish and place on parchment paper and put in the fridge until ready to plate.

Multi colored twizzlers look like paint dripping out of the paint can!

Potato chips! Just add a sign!

Mega Buttons look like paint blobs! Yum!

Not sure why my computer kept correcting GOGH and adding a U so please if you copy this sign Van Gogh is spelled like that!

In Loving Memory.

Dear Ta,

Wasn’t it just yesterday? A young daughter sitting by your side watching you paint this jacket for Purim?

It now hangs in my closet, as a silhouette, longing to be filled with the beat of your heart.

This will be the seventh year, that I will take it out, and try it on, wear it for a few moments and look in the mirror and wonder how in the world does life really go on…

But it does….although never the same.

I can hear your voice and see your smile as I touch the brush strokes and raised puff paint designs that whimsically cover every inch with your creative soul.

I can even smell the cup of hot black tea positioned next to your paintbrushes that you would sip, as you leaned back to envision your next brilliant stroke.

Your Purim jacket of creativity. Now wrapped around my shoulders, like a heavenly hug.

A costume like none other as it hides nothing of the ache in my heart, nor the sadness of loss.

A Purim of creativity, of love and of memories.

Where the colors of my soul come to life.

Happy Purim Ta.



Wishing you all a Freilichin (Happy) Purim! 


I can’t get enough of these mini stickers! I HAD to find a way to use them so I decided to make a craft table at our Purim party with these adorable mini paint can graggers!

All you need is mini paint cans (found on amazon, search “Mini Paint Can Candy Container” and glittery gemstones (michaels.com) to make some noise…… and stickers of course!

I bought the stickers from shopsweetlulu.com – my absolutely favorite online store!

Happy Purim Preps!


Yes! I am waaaaayyyyy behind schedule and trying to keep my head above the piles of hamantashen, costumes and purim paraphernalia!

So, this year we are making a super creative Purim Party with a theme of ART!

The inspiration for this event is from my father a”h, who’s love for this Yom Tov was clearly evident by the beautiful, fun and incredibly creative touch he put into it.

So, in his memory, I have created a theme that in all honesty, has so much room to improvise.

Keep it in mind for next year, because there’s just so much you can do with it!

As of now, here are the details for the Mishloach Manos:

Labels are from evermine.com (the label I custom made with the hamantashen is actually from a photo of a painting my father made many years ago.)

I made some Mishloach Manos with that label but mostly with the simpler circle ones, pictured above.

The Paint Cans were from Oriental Trading.

I filled the cans with some crinkle paper at the bottom and the candy, hamantashen and Rugelach….simple and colorful.

One thing done. Check!

Soft, Sparkly Playdough. Happy Rainy Day.

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It’s a rainy day here in Mill Valley and seemingly I needed some creative back ups with the two year old!

I stumbled upon this recipe and what I love MOST about it, is that you don’t need to make this on the stove. My two year old poured everything into the bowl and I simply added the hot water and mixed!

I did not use any dye or food coloring (as the recipe suggests) but rather mixed in a packet of crystal light pink lemonade powder! I also added some glitter for a ‘girly’ finish to a fun rainy day activity!

And when we were trying to make rings for our fingers, we added some rhinestones as well! No doubt they were a hit!


  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 2 Tbsp of Oil (any oil will do, coconut oil, vegetable oil, even olive oil)
  • 1/2 Cup of Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Boiling Water

The secret to brilliant colors in your playdough is using gel food coloring – you can find the in the cake decorating sections of craft/hobby stores, or on the baking aisle in the grocery store. 


  1. Pour 2 cups of  flour into a bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of salt.
  3. Mix in 2 tbsp Cream of Tartar. (You can find this in the spice section of just about any grocery store.)
  4. Add 2 tbsp of oil. For this recipe I used vegetable oil, but you can use any oil, and as long as it’s a kitchen oil, your playdough will be non-toxic and safe if a little one takes a tiny taste.  The sodium level is very high, so we don’t encourage this to double as a snack.
  5. Pour in the boiling water. Be VERY careful because this makes the dough HOT!
  6. Mix all the ingredients together until they form the dough. At this point, if you don’t want to add any food dye to your playdough, you’re finished!
  7. After it’s cooled, to make several different colors of playdough, separate the dough into equal parts and roll it up into balls.
  8. Now, punch out the middle of the ball to leave a little bowl for you to pour your gel food dye into.
  9. Drip your gel dye into the bowls. This is a great time to mix dye colors if you want to make another color.
  10. Knead the dough until the dye is thoroughly mixed. This is VERY messy! If you don’t want to stain your hands, use gloves, and make sure to put something down so you don’t stain your counter.