With just days to go until the first light of Hanukkah, I wanted to share a few of my favorite Hanukkah ideas – for various levels of creativity and craftiness.
This Jewish Mom is one of my “fay-verts” (as Caleb, 3, pronounces the word!). In this post, she offers a grouping of 3 awesome craft ideas.
Cereal Box Gift Boxes. While she uses potato stamps to decorate them, you could take the same boxes, wrap in paper, and color / glitter / sticker. They are a great size for children’s books, too. They are beautiful and promote recycling. What could be better?
I have always loved the watercolor dreidels. It’s so easy to cut out dreidel shapes (we have a template, if you need one, in our Hanukkah Parent Pak and Hanukkah Family Fun Kit.) And I truly love to paint – even though my crafting looks like I’m about 7 years old.
Hanukkah cards and gift tags with Washi Tape. OK – so last time I read about Washi tape, I didn’t know what it was and found it in a craft store. It was not cheap. But, it’s sitting in my art supplies box that we pull out when the grands and I make an art project. Gotta try that this year.
#2 – Create edible menorahs
I love the idea of food art so much that I drafted this piece for ReformJudaism.org called “Incredible Edible Hanukkiyot.”
Read about the doughnut and brownie menorah that our family made. (See photo.) Super easy. Just a little sticky.
You can make a hanukkiyah out of fruits and veggies, probably using what’s in your fridge. Unlike the 3-D doughnut-brownie version, this one lies flat on a plate. For candles, think carrot, celery, or zucchini sticks. For flames, think red grapes, cherry tomatoes, kiwi rounds, strawberries halves, etc.
#3 – Make a real menorah
There are lots of ways to make a real menorah (from gathering together 9 little cups into which you pour oil and add wicks) to this simple wood menorah.
My hubby made this prototype out of wood, using a piece of red oak – though you could use a 2 x 4. He drilled holes for the nuts with the Forstner bit, then glued nuts into the holes. To create the shamash (the higher candle), he used a piece of 7/8-diameter wooden dowel. First, he drilled a 7/8” hole in the wood to hold the dowel, then glued in the dowel, and finally, drilled a hole in the top of the dowel for the nut. He learned a lot from this prototype and was able to make the next versions look better. He donated those other, more perfect menorahs to soldiers serving abroad.
Three Jewish games in one bundle?
When we discovered how much people were enjoying our Hanukkah Bingo, Rosh Hashanah Bingo, and Passover Seder Steps Follow-Along, we decided to package them together in our Jewish Holidays Games Bundle — and save you a little gelt (money). At $32.99, the bundle ships free with Amazon prime.
For more fun ideas, check out our Pinterest boards with over 250 Hanukkah ideas!