Hi everyone! My name is Rita Brownstein. Today, I am excited to be a guest blogger for Savvima but you can usually find me blogging over at designmegillah.com. Since Chanukah is just days away I would like to show you a “before and after” menorah I recently did.
Over the years we have collected many menorahs, some more attractive than others. Now that the kids are grown we only light one and the rest stay in storage. It’s still hard to hold myself back from adding to our collection, though. Especially with so many talented artisans coming up with more and more beautiful menorah designs.
It’s perfectly fine but not very exciting. I thought that since I’m always transforming furniture and rooms why not try and turn this into a botanical menorah?
I bought some sheet moss and floral wire from Michael’s and some used some live ivy.
After cutting the moss with scissors, I wrapped it around the base using the floral wire.
I continued doing this until the entire menorah was covered in moss.
I didn’t bring the moss up too close to where the candles would be burning for safety reasons.
Next I snipped a few stems of ivy and wrapped them around the body of the menorah. I added a few tiny blue silk flowers for a bit of color against all the green.
Editorial note: The ivy stays fresh for a few days–I would recommend either snipping new pieces every few days or substituting silk ivy. Also, since this is not fire proof, please don’t leave the candles while they are burning!
She has worked as an art director for several well-known publications such as House Beautiful and Good Housekeeping magazine. Currently she has a home decorating business in Connecticut and blogs at designmegillah.com. She divides her time working and playing with her very cute grandchildren Moussia and Yosef.