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Make a beautiful dreidel garland

Make this beautiful dreidel garland to celebrate Hannukah this year.

This crafty string of lights is a wonderful way to get kids involved with decorating for the Holiday of Light. This project requires time and patience, as it is quite detailed—nimble hands make easier work of it—but the results are well worth it! It should take you around two hours.


Material for a ten-dreidel garland

•    Dreidel garland and Hebrew letter template (print here)
•    10 pieces cardstock in blues and silver or white
•    Scissors or X-Acto knife
•    1/4-in/6-mm hole punch
•    1/8-in/3-mm hole punch
•    Marking pen in metallic blue, silver or black (for Lettering Option 1)
•    Glue pen (for Lettering Option 2)
•    Paper plate
•    Glitter (for Lettering Option 2)
•    Clean, fine paintbrush
•    Clear-drying glue
•    String of clear lights, preferably in white, shorter length preferred, as making each dreidel takes time (a 10- to 20-light strand works best)
Cut out the dreidels
1 Copy the dreidel template and trace it onto cardstock. Using scissors or the X-Acto knife, cut out a dreidel from the cardstock. Fold along the lines to create the shape, folding the tabs as well.

Repeat this process to make ten dreidels.
Tip: To save time, you may want to cut out multiple copies of the dreidel at once. Stack a few pieces of cardstock together, paperclip the template on top, and cut, leaving extra allowance around the template. Fine-tune the shape of each dreidel one at a time.

3 Using the larger hole punch, align the template on top of the dreidel and make a hole in the center of the top panel.

4 Use the smaller hole punch to create a pattern of lines on the dreidel. Make four holes.

Make the Hebrew Letters (Options 1 and 2)
Option 1: Using your marking pen of choice and referring to the lettering template, write Hebrew letters across the sides of the dreidel.

Option 2: Follow the instructions for option 1 but use the glue pen. While the glue is still wet, hold the dreidel over the paper plate and sprinkle glitter on top. Shake the excess off, then let dry. Use the fine paintbrush to brush off any loose glitter that remains.
Tip: You may want to practice writing the letters on scraps of paper and, if you are using glitter, to test it with the glue pen before working on the dreidels.


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