Interesting and unique Sukkah decorations

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    Symbols of the Jewish holiday Sukkot with palm leaves and candle

    Sukkot, also known as the Festival of Booths, is the perfect time to flex your creative muscles and show off your decorating skills. This year, go big or go home with some interesting and unique decorations that will be sure to create a magical vibe in your hut and impress your guests.

    Here are some ideas for the holiday to get you started.

    10Ombre pinecones

    What better way to get into the fall spirit than to hang some super cute DIY pinecones on your sukkah? This project is not only easy, but it’s also cheap – all you need to do is collect the pinecones from your yard and buy a few shades of acrylic paint. Make these ombre pinecones and use the traditional autumnal shades of red, orange and yellow to really get into the seasonal spirit.

    9Dried lulav and grape centerpiece

    On Sukkot, we light candles to commemorate the holiday. Why not spruce up your candles by framing them with this beautiful dried lulav and grape centerpiece? Or, put the centerpiece around your challah bread bowl in the middle of your table. While grapes are a traditional decoration for the holiday, there’s nothing ordinary about this centerpiece.

    8Moroccan lamps

    Want to show off your Sephardic side or create a warmer atmosphere in your sukkah? Then try lighting it with some dazzling Moroccan lamps. Cluster your various colored lanterns together and place battery-operated candles inside or simply let them be illuminated by your other outdoor lighting. Make sure you pair them with some colorful outdoor rugs and pillows on the floor of your sukkah, and that you break out the Moroccan tea set during dessert to really pull off the theme.

    7Fruit garland

    Another fall-inspired sukkah decoration is a dried fruit garland, which you can hang from the top of your sukkah or in the front where your guests enter. All you need for this DIY project are some orange slices, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves and strings. It’ll not only look gorgeous but smell like the season, too.

    6Etrogim chandelier

     What sukkah is complete without a chandelier? Celebrate the fun custom of the holiday – shaking the lulav and the etrog – by hanging up this etrogim chandelier. Just make sure you don’t accidentally hit into it when shaking your palm branch!

    5Yarn ball lights 

    If you’re a hands-on decorator, another project you’ll love for your sukkah is DIY yarn ball lights. Grab some balloons, yarn and a few materials like scissors and glue to create yarn balls you can string together and hang from the top of your sukkah. You can put flameless lights in them or string white lights through them to cultivate a truly majestic feel in your hut.

    4Lego sukkah

    If you’re a big fan of the toy, you’re going to love this Lego-themed sukkah. Make sure you get started on this theme early, because you’re going to need to make a lot of giant Legos to cover the walls of your sukkah. You’ll have to gather some paper cups and cardboard boxes along with acrylic paint to complete this Lego DIY project.

    3Ushpizot sukkah banner

    Typically, people will hang up pictures of famous rebbes in their sukkahs. Why not do the same, except with famous, awesome Jewish women? This ushpizot banner on Etsy is made up of pictures of the matriarchs, as well as figures like Golda Meir and Nehama Leibowitz. Show off your Jewess pride and celebrate these strong women who are an inspiration to us all.

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    Kylie Ora Lobell is Jewess in Chief at Jewess, a Jewish women’s website, as well as a freelance writer for Aish, Chabad, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and The Forward.