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Dreidels and Menorahs – Getting Crafty for Hanukkah

November 12, 2013

Have you noticed it’s November? Where did the year go?! This may sound strange, but I’m already planning Hanukkah activities.

That’s right, Hanukkah is early this year. We light the first candle at sundown on Nov. 27, the night before Thanksgiving! I’m not terribly thrilled the Festival of Lights is in November, but it is what are you gonna do?!

In the Hanukkah spirit, Sophie and I spent this past weekend getting our Hanukkah crafts on. Our first crafts came from the Kiwi Crate Hanukkah Crate. Kiwi Crate is awesome! You can order monthly or one-time craft kits and it comes with everything! I love that because I don’t have to go to the store and buy supplies. And the crafts are simple enough for kids to create.

The Hanukkah kit contained a dreidel spin art set and DIY menorah.

kiwi crate

Let’s start with the dreidel spin art. You place a piece of pre-cut card stock over the wooden dreidel, drizzle some paint over it as it spins in the crate box, and voila, you have beautiful art!

driedel 1

dreidel 2

dreidel 3

dreidel 4

This craft was a HUGE hit with Sophie! She pretty much used up every piece of card stock. And I was pleasantly surprised that all the paint splatters stayed in the box!

dreidel 5

The second craft was a DIY menorah. This kit came with nine plastic candle holders (eight nights and the shamash), Mod Podge sparkly glue, and tissue squares. You paint each “candle” with glue and decorate it with your choice of tissue paper colors.

menorah 1

menorah 2

The DIY menorah took a little more time and I ended up helping Sophie with some of the “candles.” I had fun doing it though. And this one was messier and stickier. But it all washed off easily.

The kit comes with flameless LED tea lights so kids can “light” the candles themselves on each night of Hanukkah. Isn’t it pretty? I love how the menorah turned out!

menorah 3

(Make sure you take a beautiful photo with your Kirkland water bottles in the background too!)

menorah 4

By the way, Kiwi Crate has some really cute kits for Thanksgiving and Christmas too.

Our final Hanukkah craft was assembling and decorating a gingerbread menorah kit from Sweet Thrills Bakeshop. This was so fun! Here’s what the kit looked like and what it can potentially look like if you follow their model.

menorah gingerbread kit

Now since this was Sophie’s craft, I let her do all the decorating.

gbread menorah2

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Here’s just a look at some of the candy that came with the kit!

candy

Sophie is very proud of her creation!
gbread menorah4

gingerbread menorah collage

Our kitchen smells like yummy gingerbread! I’m trying to keep Sophie from eating the menorah. Although we BOTH did a fair amount of eating the candy!

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DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary Hanukkah craft kit from Kiwi Crate. All opinions are my own (including my love of Hanukkah crafts) and I only endorse products I truly believe in and recommend to others. 

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2013 4:44 am

    What fun! It is a bit weird to have Hannukah on Thanksgiving! My kids have requested latkes as part of the T-day meal… so it will be! And Menorah and gifts of course. Enjoy!

  2. November 12, 2013 6:09 am

    These crafts are awesome! Very cool… I especially love the dreidel spin art — what a fabulous idea. Happy Thanksgiving & Hanukkah, Leah & Sophie!

  3. Mom permalink
    November 12, 2013 9:12 am

    What great Hanukkah projects you two have been creating. I almost bought the gingerbread menorah kit for Sophie. Love the spin art dreidel. You and your sisters used to enjoy spin art projects, too. You are such a great momma!

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