8 Hanukkah Crafts and Desserts to Make the Festival of Lights Shine Brightly

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Hanukkah crafts bring a family together to enjoy the little moments. Celebrate the Festival of Lights making beautiful menorahs, homemade dreidels, Hanukkah decorations, and more. Edible Hanukkah crafts are often the most fun to make because the prize is dessert. Children of all ages enjoy making special holiday desserts. Crafts for Hanukkah make the holiday shine brightly.

Unique Homemade Menorah Hanukkah Crafts

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During Hanukkah, you light the menorah candles each night. You use the shamash, the helper candle, to light the candles of the menorah each day after sundown. One candle is lit on the first night, two on the second, and so on for all eight nights. Taking the time to make Hanukkah craft with your children is a great time to discuss the reason you celebrate and the meaning of the holiday.

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Hip Homeschool Moms

Quilled Paper Menorah Hanukkah Crafts

Create an elegant quilled menorah. Quilling, or paper filigree is the art of coiling narrow strips of paper and gluing them down to create an image. It takes some practice but it is easier than it first appears.

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Trish Corlew with the Hip Homeschool Moms walks you through a simple tutorial on how to make a beautiful quilled menorah from strips of paper. You make the nine candles including the flames and the menorah. There are a variety of detailed quilled menorah tutorials out there if you have older kids or want to make a spectacular quilled menorah yourself.

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Parents

Sand Art Menorah Hanukkah Crafts

Sand art is so fun, drizzling the different colors of sand into glass jars to make beautiful designs. The Sand Art Menorah featured by Parents made from upcycled spice jars is beautiful. Gather 8 glass jars of the same size and one a smidge bigger for the shamash. Fill with your favorite sand colors and use silver straws for the candles. Even your tweens and teens will enjoy making the Sand Art Menorah together.

Dreidel Hanukkah Crafts Keep You Spinning

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Dreidel is a traditional Jewish game played with a four-sided top during Hanukkah. Children of all ages love it because you play for gelt, which is foil-wrapped chocolate coins. Do you know the Dreidel song?

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I have a little dreidel, I made it out of clay.
And when it’s dry and ready, Then, dreidel I shall play…

But have you actually made a dreidel? Children definitely enjoy dreidel-themed Hanukkah crafts (as long as there is a little chocolate gelt to enjoy along the way!)

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Moms Crafters

Homemade Clay Dreidel

Learn to make a homemade clay dreidel with Moms Crafters. Polymer oven-bake clay is perfect for modeling and sculpting. You can make dreidels as an activity at a Hanukkah party. A homemade dreidel becomes a treasured keepsake.

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SheKnows

Dreidel Decorations

Of course, everyone loves to decorate for holidays. Hanukkah crafts that can be used as decorations for years to come are the perfect family activity during one of the eight nights of the Festival of Lights. Check out the easy instructions for a Dreidel Felt Banner from SheKnows. The Dreidel Felt Banner looks great hanging on a mantel, along the kitchen countertop or on the banister of the stairs.

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Origami Dreidel

The Japanese art of folding paper is known as Origami. You can learn to make origami flowers, hearts, birds, and more. But since we are focused on Hanukkah crafts learn to make Origami Dreidels with Bible Belt Balabusta. You can use just about any kind of paper including upcycled holiday gift wrap.

Be Sure to Put Slime in the Hanukkah Crafts List of Things to Do

Every child loves slime. No matter the season, no matter the holiday. So, of course, if you are making memories with Hanukkah crafts, you will want to make some Hanukkah slime.

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Follow the recipe from Little Bins Little Hands to make beautiful blue Hanukkah slime. Be sure to add blue and silver glitter and sequins. Don’t forget to add some plastic dreidels. Children of all ages love stretching and squeezing slime, hunting, and searching for objects within the soft gooey substance.

Hanukkah Crafts Can Be Delicious Desserts

Delicious edible Hanukkah crafts are the best. Spending time together in the kitchen preparing food for a party or holiday celebration is the best time for laughs and heart-to-heart conversations. Children love to make themed food to share with family and friends.

Marshmallow Dreidels

The Hostess with the Mostess teaches you how to make adorable Marshmallow Dreidels. Of course, they are made to be eaten but they look so cute decorating your Hanukkah dessert table. They are made with a Hershey Kiss for the tip of the dreidel and a pretzel stick for the handle, the marshmallow is covered in frosting and blue sugar sprinkles.

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Healthy Family Project

Fruit Menorah

Looking for a healthy food craft that is simple and quick? A Fruit Menorah will do the trick. The Healthy Family Project gives you easy instructions to make a fruit plate with a menorah made from bananas and blueberries. Of course, you can use whatever fruits or veggies your family loves to eat and place them in the shape of a menorah complete with candles.


Hanukkah crafts can be complex or simple. It’s about spending quality time together. It’s about sharing the story of the Miracle of the Lights. It’s about tradition. Even if DIY Hanukkah crafts and cutesie desserts are not normally on the menu at your house, make the time to make memories this year during Hanukkah.

Sources: Bible Belt Balabusta, Healthy Family Project, Hip Homeschool Moms, Hostess with the Mostess, Little Bins Little Hands, Moms Crafters, Parents, and She Knows.

Photo Credits: Pexels, Unsplash, and Pixabay.

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Check out Daily Mom’s The Story Of Hanukkah for more advice, tips, and tricks.

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