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DIY Hanukkah Crafts and Recipes to Make for a Bright Celebration

Hanukkah projects you can make as you munch on latkes and sufganiyot!

Margo Gothelf · about 2 months ago


Tori Avey

Happy Hanukkah! What better way to celebrate the festival of lights than with some great arts and crafts projects? These Hanukkah crafts and recipes will be fun to make as you munch on latkes and sufganiyot!

LEGO Menorah


What We Do All Day

If only the Maccabees had known about LEGO-based flames! They would've had a truly endless miracle of Hanukkah. While the LEGO flame isn't a true flame, we'll give it a pass, since it lets little ones get in on the fire action without any real risk, which is kind of a miracle in its own way. Celebrate the festival of lights by digging through your collection of LEGO to make a menorah! Follow along with What We Do All Day's instruction or freestyle your own creation. There are eight days, so make a new one to celebrate each and every night. 

Hanukkah Wall Hanging Craft

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Busy in Brooklyn

This Hanukkah wall hanging craft will help you keep count of the nights of the holiday. The felt craft has a little pocket to represent all eight days. When the craft is complete, you can fill the pockets with gelt or dreidels for a little present each night.

Recycled Cardboard Tubes Menorah


Creative Jewish Mom

This paper and cardboard menorah is made from recycled toilet paper rolls, the underrated MVP of craft supplies — truly, is there anything that can't be made out of toilet paper rolls? The flame shines brightly with the help of sparkly flame glitter foam paper, keeping this menorah bright for all eight nights. 

Puffy Tissue Paper Dreidel


Crafts by Amanda

Now, this dreidel isn't made out of clay. And it probably won't spin round and round for you to win lots of gelt. But it will make an excellent decoration for your Hanukkah celebration! Not sure which symbol to pick to show off in the middle? Go with Gimel — which gives you the full pot of winnings — and show off your love for gelt. You can even make all four letters and have a complete set of decorations.

Watercolor Dreidel

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Creative Jewish Mom

The four letters on the dreidel — Nun, Gimel, Hey, and Shin — are an acronym for the saying Nes gadol haya sham, which translates to "a great miracle occurred there," in reference to the story of the original miracle of Hanukkah. Show off all of the letters and the dreidel itself with this fancy watercolor cardboard dreidel craft. Place them in the window, string them up to make a garland, or scatter them around the table during your Hanukkah party.

Pipe Cleaner Candles


Jewish Moms and Crafters

Lighting the menorah is one of the most exciting parts of Hanukkah for little kids — but the whole fire thing doesn't make the activity the most kid-friendly. Let your little ones take part in the tradition and craft pipe cleaner candles to use instead. The little candles look just as pretty as the real thing. Plus, you won't have to clean up another menorah full of wax, so it's a win-win overall. 

Recycled Material Menorah

Buying a menorah is fun and all, but it's much more exciting to make your own menorah. Sort through your recycling bin and see what pieces fit together to create your own upcycled menorah out of recycled material. See how In Creations created one from Kinder Surprise containers for some inspiration.

Clay Dreidel


Here’s your chance to bring your favorite Hanukkah song to life with your own clay dreidel. This tutorial will give you all the details on what you need to make the spinning clay dreidels. When they are dry and ready, it’s go time! Make sure to have the “The Dreidel Song” on while you play.

Hanukkah Joke Tellers


Hanukkah joke tellers are a great and quick craft that will also make everyone laugh. Head over to Bren Did’s blog and printout the tutorial. Once it’s printed, simply follow the instructions on how to fold them and get ready to have a good time.

Marshmallow Dreidels


Tori Avey

All the rules about playing with your food go out the window when it comes to this candy dreidel. This part recipe, part crafts project lets you make a spinning top that you can actually eat. Swap out crafting glue for Nutella, peanut butter, or your favorite nut butter and connect the marshmallow base to the pretzel rod top. Save a few for playing and a few for snacking. 


Latkes are a staple treat of Hanukkah, made with shredded potatoes and onions and fried in super hot oil. Not only does the oil make the latkes taste super crispy, but it also connects back to the origins of the holiday, as it represents the miracle of the oil lasting eight nights. Unlike the latke's cousin, French fries, these crispy potatoes are typically dipped in applesauce or sour cream rather than ketchup. Go for the applesauce, you won't be disappointed!

Homemade Hanukkah Gelt

Skip the store-bought and try making your own chocolate gelt this year. Have your kids pick out different types of chocolate and pour them into molds. When they are ready to go, wrap them in foil just like the traditional coins. Find out more details on making the homemade treats over on The Monday Box’s blog.


While you can get a donut pretty much whenever you want, there's something about eating sufganiyot on Hanukkah that makes them taste so much better. Sufganiyot, or fried donuts, are typically filled with strawberry or raspberry jam and topped with loads of powdered sugar.

Fried Rugelach


Jamie Geller

If you haven't caught on by now, there's a lot of fried food when it comes to Hanukkah. While latkes and sufganiyot are staples at the Hanukkah celebration, there's always room to try something new. That's where deep-fried rugelach comes into play. The traditional Jewish cookie gets a Hanukkah twist and is covered in pancake dough and fried, turning into a melty, chocolaty treat. With all this fried food on the table, the real miracle of this holiday will be the survival of your stomach.