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Inspired by Creative Jewish Mom’s dreidel mobiles, (which I made a couple of years ago) my home-made Chanukah cards are spinning dreidels!

I bought a box of coloured cards, and cut nesting dreidel shapes out of each using my wonderful Silhouette cutter.  (I created the outlines myself, thankfully you only need a couple of rectangles and a triangle to make a reasonable dreidel shape.)  Then I mixed up the colours.

To make the card, I taped a piece of white sewing thread from top to bottom of the card (inside), then taped two of the cut-out shapes to it.  The remaining two shapes I glued to the inside right of the card.  As my huband correctly pointed out, this doesn’t leave a lot of space to write a message.  But hey, it looks great!  I’ll write really small around the edge.

I found that the dreidels would often turn to reveal the plain white reverse side, so I decided to decorate them with a magen david sticker in the middle and some text around the outer shape: a homage to the traditional dreidel decoration of the Hebrew letters Nun Gimel Hey Shin which stand for the sentence Nes Gadol Hayah Sham – a great miracle happened there.

The best part of these cards is the movement – the slightest breeze makes them swirl around, and if you blow on them, they spin like crazy!

Spinning dreidel Chanukah card from Joyful Jewish on Vimeo.

I bought a big container of fuse beads for the whole family to play with over the holidays.  I think these are also marketed as Perler beads or Hama beads, although mine are the ever popular “no name” variety.  They are colourful plastic beads which you arrange into patterns on specially designed boards and then fuse together with the heat of an iron.

Here is our first foray into Jewish fuse bead design: fuse bead dreidels for Chanukah.

Our beads came with small boards, for example the square is only 14 beads wide x 14 beads tall.   But this is enough to make some cute little decorations which we can either leave on tables or blu-tac to the windows next Chanukah.

Here is one prior to being ironed together.

And here is our Dreidel pattern for fuse beads.

I finished this just in time for Chanukah! I am really happy with how it turned out.

Happy Chanukah everyone!

I decided I needed a table runner with a chanukah theme, so after a little bit of searching on the internet, I found this pattern for making a dreidel quilt block.  I adapted the pattern slightly and enlarged it.  I’d never done paper piecing before, but it was easier than I expected, and these are a couple of my finished blocks.  The actual table runner is a real work in progress, because I am making the pattern up as I go and even I don’t know exactly what it will look like when it is finished!

My daughter Talia attends a public kindergarten for 4-5 year olds.  Parents take turns helping out for a couple of hours, and my husband and I were “on duty” last Thursday.  A week earlier, I asked the teacher what she had planned for us to do, and she invited us to talk to the class about Chanukah.  So we did!  It was really nice to share our traditions with a group who, apart from our daughter, knew nothing about them.

Talia helped me make this collage to show what we do to celebrate. It’s a mix of printed out images, decorated cardboard, holographic contact paper and the wrappers from some chanukah gelt (because as Talia and I agreed, there wasn’t much point attaching chocolate to the picture when we could eat it instead.)

We talked about lighting candles for 8 nights (I took in several chanukiot and we counted the number of places to put candles, and the kids figured out how many to put in each night), eating latkes and doughnuts, and playing with dreidels.  I read them the book “Hanukkah Lights” which is really just a baby book but has cute pictures and covers all the things I had just talked about, and my husband and I sang them “Maoz Tsur.”

We took in a stack of little dreidels for the kids to try spinning, which they loved, and (having just learned the alphabet this year) they were fascinated by the Hebrew characters on them.  We also dished out some chocolate gelt, because frankly that was easier and less mess than making latkes!

I will definitely volunteer to talk to Talia’s future classes about this and other festivals in future, and hopefully next year we can get the whole class doing some Hanukkah themed craft to display next to all their Christmas decorations.

The design for these fabulous mobiles comes from Sara Rivka at Creative Jewish Mom.

She sells an electronic “kit” via her Etsy store which I purchased.  The kit allows you to print off coloured dreidel shapes onto white paper (allowing you to glue glitter all over the back of the dreidels, for example) or print an outline onto coloured paper, which you can then either leave blank or decorate any way you like.  All you need to do then is cut them out and connect them to each other with a little bit of thread.

These are a hit with the whole family, and need hardly any breeze before they spin madly (in fact I took these photos outside and they nearly spun off the line!)

And in case anyone is wondering why I’m still posting about Hanukkah nearly a week after it finished… it’s because Hanukkah is unofficially running at our house until the end of December!

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