Very soon we will be celebrating the holiday of Hanukkah. Candles, Hanukiyot (Hanukkah Menorahs / Hanukkah lamps), doughnuts and dreidels (spinning tops) are being sold everywhere in Israel. This also comes with the annual midweek-Hanukkah Dreidel boredom. I hear from grownups every year, “five minutes and they’re done with dreidel.”
Either I’m an infant or you guys aren’t playing right. You don’t have to play the dreidel game and only the dreidel game. So I began to think about easy DIY hanukkah projects that everyone can enjoy. Here are our top picks!!!
Here is a fun DIY menorah that’s just plain cute and can be customized in so many ways. This is one fun craft that gives younger toddlers the chance to safely “light” their candles each evening and the opportunity to play a role in your family’s holiday traditions, another bonus all ages can equally enjoy crafting. You could also make this Hanukah menorah from toilet paper rolls or cardboard tubes that the kids decorate first, or you could cut them and then give them to the kids to decorate. Or you could just enjoy it as is! Weeks before Chanukah I planned to make a chanukiah out of toilet roll tubes. Then I saw one made by Creative Jewish Mom which was so elegant I nearly gave my plans away!
Actually although I originally intended to link the tubes together, it is currently a loose collection of “candles” which can be arranged however the mood takes you.
Speaking of cool dreidels, we adore these spinning dreidel mobiles featured on Joyful Jewish! Though these sweet paper cutouts were purchased on Etsy, we think that you could also make your own by taking a large piece of posterboard or construction paper to trace and cut out the various sizes. Once your dreidel outlines are cut out, put your kiddos to work on bedazzling them with markers, stickers, and glitter, and then hang them on string to watch them twirl throughout the holiday. If you’re worried about getting your various sizes correct, never fear — work with what you have to create your own take on this cool idea. Who says mini hanging dreidels can’t be just as cool?
Alternatively, if you’re too busy to begin from scratch you’re in luck the design for these fabulous mobiles comes from Sara Rivka at Creative Jewish Mom.
I also found that the dreidels would often turn to reveal the plain white reverse side, so I recommend decorating them with a magen david sticker in the middle and some text around the outer shape: a homage to the traditional dreidel decoration of the Hebrew letters Nun Gimel Hey Shin which stand for the sentence Nes Gadol Hayah Sham – a great miracle happened there.
The best part of these cards is the movement – the slightest breeze makes them swirl around, and if you blow on them, they spin like crazy!
Another fun way to share your Hanukkah spirit with neighbors, friends, and family, is with this stained glass menorah featured on Upper West Side Mom. Which is sure to brighten up your family’s chag with plenty of beautiful hues! The best part is just how easy it is to make using construction paper, colorful tissue paper, and glue, this is an easy project for craft-lovin’ kiddos and one that’s sure to be enjoyed by all throughout your chag.
Makezine featured this simple yet stunning homemade menorah by Diane Gilleland — what a bright idea! This colorful, modern take on the Hanukkah menorah is great for small spaces, and crafts up very quickly. Tissue paper lends a beautiful mosaic look. A perfect holiday project for younger kids to help create, these candle holders get their lively hues from colorful tissue paper that’s coated with matte and/or shimmer Modge Podge. And the best part — once your family’s Hanukkah celebration has come to an end, these decorative candles can be used throughout the year as needed in your home. A holiday gift that truly keeps on giving!
Sara at Creative Jewish Mom is at it again with her clever cute Hanukkah ideas — these DIY popsicle stick decorations are the perfect find for adding a little bit of extra color to this year’s celebration. To make your own, simply collect some colorful popsicle sticks (or color your own with markers, dye, or stickers) and get to work on gluing together your pieces for fun Hanukkah imagery, big and small.
You can also try out making one of the most widely recognised symbols of Judaism the beautiful Star of David, which makes it a great symbol to use when decorating your home for the holidays. These Star of David buntings can also be used for all sorts of different holidays and just recently made more ready for Hanukkah. The buntings are easy to make and leave lots of room for creativity and individualisation.