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Celebrate the Season With Crafts
Extend your Hanukkah celebration this year by preparing for the Festival of Lights with a couple of holiday-themed crafting sessions. By including your family in the project-building, you’ll not only be making fun things, but creating important memories as well. Making their own menorah and dreidels can help kids feel a stronger, and more personal, sense of ownership over the holiday. Get started with these 20 straightforward and accessible kids’ crafts this Hanukkah season.Continue to 2 of 20 below.
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Light up your walkway with these DIY-ed Hanukkah luminaries. This clever tutorial uses a triangular cookie cutter, flipped and overlapped, to paint a Star of David onto white paper bags. Fill your paper sacks with plastic faux tea lights for a perfectly safe seasonal display.Continue to 3 of 20 below.
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It can be extra satisfying to indulge that sweet tooth (just a little bit) over the holidays, and this easy dessert allows you to do just that. Simply frost a marshmallow with store-bought icing, then roll in blue sprinkles. Add a pretzel rod spinner and chocolate kiss top, and you have a fully edible dreidel.Continue to 4 of 20 below.
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Paper Plate Star of DavidContinue to 5 of 20 below.
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Masking Tape MenorahContinue to 6 of 20 below.
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Watercolor Dreidel Craft
Cut simple dreidel shapes out of watercolor paper or cardstock (save yourself some time and stack a few pieces of paper together before cutting into shape), then set them out for kids to watercolor. Simple stripes and polka dot patterns look lovely thanks to the soft effect of watercolor paints.
Pro tip: String a bunch of these painted dreidels together for a festive, homemade garland.Continue to 7 of 20 below.
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Star of David Pockets
Felt is the perfect material for beginning sewers—it’s easily cut and doesn’t need a hem to have a finished edge. Glue or stitch finished star pockets to lengths of ribbon, then string over a bedroom door. Each pocket (make 8) works as a pouch for a small nightly Hanukkah gift or treat.Continue to 8 of 20 below.
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If you have an avid builder at home, challenge them to design and create a menorah out of LEGO bricks. This totally flameless model can still be “lit” nightly—by adding a LEGO flame to the tip of each candle. This is a great project to help kids feel a sense of ownership over the holiday.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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Menorah Tub ToyContinue to 10 of 20 below.
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Sand Art Menorah
Pour multi-colored sand into little glass jars (empty jam or baby food jars work well here), then insert a faux candle into each. For an older kid, trade out the metal straw candles for the real thing—as long as they’re small enough candles, the sand should keep these safe.Continue to 11 of 20 below.
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Popsicle Stick Star of DavidContinue to 12 of 20 below.
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Stained Glass Menorah
While this Hanukkah craft does require the use of a sharp craft knife, after the careful cutting is done, kids can take over decorating. Tape colored tissue paper onto the back of a relief-cut construction paper menorah, and encourage little artists to mix it up with patterns and pops of color. This piece looks lovely hung in a window to catch the light.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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Felt Dreidel Banner
A sturdy craft that will last year after year, this felt banner looks perfect in monochromatic shades of blue. Children can practice their scissor skills by snipping little designs for each dreidel, then layering them for a polished result. This banner looks especially lovely on the staircase railing, or framing a doorway.Continue to 14 of 20 below.
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Cardboard Tube Menorah
Trim empty cardboard toilet paper tubes into free standing candlesticks, then arrange nine together for a menorah display. Add a little extra length for the shamash by stacking one candle on top of a portion of empty tubing. Kids can decorate the cardboard, and can also tape on a new, glittery flame each night.Continue to 15 of 20 below.
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Origami—the Japanese art of paper folder—makes for a wonderful technique in kids’ crafting thanks to its readily available supplies (all you need is paper) and often impressive results. Little ones can try their hands at folding these dreidels (bonus if you recycle holiday gift wrap as your paper source). Pop a wooden matchstick through the top opening as a handle, then set out to spin!Continue to 16 of 20 below.
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Homemade Chocolate Gelt
Why not attempt a homemade batch of chocolate coins this year? Children will love pouring melted chocolate into molds, and can add sprinkles, nuts, or icing to take these up a notch. Wrapping these coins in gold foil makes them the perfect treat for your Hanukkah celebration, and bonus: you control exactly what goes in to them (read: no preservatives or artificial flavoring).Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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DIY Hanukkah Wreath
Welcome holiday guests with a stunning wreath for the front door—all homemade. Cover a styrofoam ring with blue mesh ribbon, then kids can help glue on little dreidels and Stars of David. Add dimension by twirling in a contrasting, metallic ribbon, and your wreath is ready to hang.Continue to 18 of 20 below.
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Cardboard Tube Party Favors
Hanukkah guests can take home a fully DIYed favor, with the help of a few empty toilet paper rolls. Fill the cardboard tubes with candy or small gifts, then wrap in festive fabric and tie with a bow. Not only is this no-sew project very accessible for children, but they’ll get to experience the joy of gift giving too.Continue to 19 of 20 below.
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Golden Gelt Table Runner
This year, save all the golden foil wrappers from your chocolate gelt (and maybe eat a few extra to prep for this project), and construct this lovely metallic table runner for next Hanukkah’s tablescape. Little ones can join in organizing and laying out the wrappers, while an adult handles the hot glue gun. This DIY uses a cardstock base, and couldn’t be simpler.Continue to 20 of 20 below.
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