This year, the first night of Hanukkah falls on November 28th, the same day as Thanksgiving. This occurrence, referred to as Thanksgivukkah by some, will not happen again for 70,000 years! Pretty amazing, right? In honor of the Festival of Lights, here are some DIY crafts you can make with your family & friends.
The menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum and is a key part of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. When the Seleucids desecrated the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in second century BCE, there was only enough consecrated oil left to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Since the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the Hanukkah menorah was created with eight main branches to commemorate their deliverance from persecution.The middle candle, the shamash, is used to light one candle each night of Hanukkah, until all eight candles are lit.
Glass & Beads – This elegant menorah is both quick & easy to make.
Upcycled Glass Bottles – With a little spray paint, you can turn your glass bottles into a lovely menorah.
Wood Beads & Spools – Let your creative juices flow with this menorah crafted from various wooden spools and acrylic paints.
This symbol is originally thought to represent the shield of King David and became more commonly associated with the Jewish community in the 17th century.
Tin Star – Let the children help you to decorate these tin stars, inspired by Mexican tin art.
Star-Punched Paper Hurricanes – Bring light and warmth to your table with these beautiful vases.
Wooden Star – This simple star would look great year-round!
Spinning the dreidel is a traditional game played during Hanukkah. Each of the four sides tells you how many coins to collect or give on your turn.
Felt Coasters – These pretty coasters will stitch up quickly and look fantastic at your Hanukkah meals.
Snow Globe – A simple addition to your Hanukkah décor or a lovely gift to someone special.
Dreidel Lighting – These pretty lights are sure to brighten your holiday!
Pom Pom Garland – This festive garland is a great addition to your Hanukkah décor.
Vase with Gelt – A clever trick to this DIY vase makes decorating a piece of cake!
Wax Catcher – My friend and her daughter made a similar place mat for Hanukkah last year. She then laminated it with contact paper and placed it under the Menorah to catch the dripping wax.
How does your family like to celebrate Hanukkah?