The kids wanted to decorate for Chanukah and my oldest daughter got them all involved in helping make this cute and easy garland. She attached a small piece of a straw to the back of each doughnut for easy stringing. You could change it up to use any Chanukah shape.
I was playing around with ideas for a new Chanukah project and cut out a bunch of different sized dreidels. I was trying different arrangements on the page when I realized that there were so many different ways to combine the shapes and create unique patterns and designs. I gave the shapes to my kids who started moving pieces around and coming up with designs of their own.
The fun in this project is more in the play than the final product! We used 4 large, 4 medium and 4 small dreidels and I suggest using at least this amount. More will only increase the possibilities! Use different colors or make each size it’s own color. Try using tinfoil instead of paper for a shiny effect! Placing them on a dark background will give a dramatic effect as well. Cutting the shapes out of Chanukah wrapping paper can be fun idea too. Start playing – see what you can come up with!
Looking for a craft for a Chanukah project but don’t want to spend a lot on supplies? Go raid your craft cabinet and make these mixed-media menorahs! Set out small bowls with whatever you have on hand and let the kids mix it up. 10 mismatched buttons, a small piece of ribbon and some leftover beads from another project work great here. No one menorah branch needs more than a little of each type of supply, and the greater the variation, the more interesting the creation!
My one caveat here is the lay the whole design out on you page before gluing it down. Otherwise you can run out of space and not end up with enough room for all of the menorah branches. Also, you can move your items around until you get the “perfect” design and order. We drew on the flames and a base with marker after we finished gluing for similar reasons.
I am honored to once again to have this project featured in this week’s edition of The Jewish Link of New Jersey, in the Kid’s Link section. Pick up a copy if you are local or check it out online.
During our carpool Chanukah project brainstorming session, we also came up with this edible menorah idea. This would be fun for a Chanukah party or Shabbat Chanukah dessert. I took advantage of the opportunity of having my whole family over on Thanksgiving to try it out, so pardon my “fine china” and the picture quality – these are literally taken from people’s plates.
I cut up honeydew, pineapple, strawberries, and clementines and arranged them on a platter. I cut the pineapple to mimic the shape of a rounded menorah and the honeydew a rectangular one. I cut smaller pieces of honeydew to be candles, and the strawberries and clementines were for the flames. I also put out the honeydew seeds (with a caveat not to eat them!) because they looked like flames but no one used them, I would recommend an edible seed instead.
Should you want to go a different route, you could include vegetables, or the less healthy candy option. Set out a variety of shapes, sizes and colors and see what people create!