Hanukkah Display & Craft Ideas for the Festival of Lights!
Creating your own Hanukkah décor is a fun way to spend quality time with family and friends. Use displays to prompt discussions on the history of the holiday. There are many ways to make these decoration ideas fit into your style and surroundings. Choose from a wide range of paper border colors and accents to use in your Hanukkah projects, or keep it traditional with shades of blue, silver, and white. Enjoy your new decorations wherever you hang them!
Happy Hanukkah! Menorah Bulletin Board Display
Make a bulletin board that shines bright and celebrates the festival of lights! This project idea creates an eye-catching menorah bulletin board made entirely out of our paper borders and trimmers. Pick colors to suit your space – there are a lot to choose from!
We used White Bolder Borders® to create the menorah. Mark the center of your menorah and extend strips of border to the left and right, beginning with the longest strip. (Make your menorah any size you choose; the length of the longest strip will determine the size of your finished menorah.) Tape each border to the center area. Double-sided or foam tape work great! Gently fold over the end of each strip so it curves upward to create the candle holders. Tape or staple in place on the display. Repeat for each candle, working from longest to shortest strip. For added dimension, we placed foam core behind each piece.
The silver candles were created by cutting sections of Metallic Silver Terrific Trimmers®. The scallops on the trimmers give the candles a really nice shape!
We created the candle “flames” out of Sparkle Terrific Trimmers®. First create a flame stencil "template" and trace the shape onto the back of trimmers. Using a template is an easy way to make each flame the same size. Cut out the flame pieces, fold each lengthwise, and glue together at the folds. We used three flame cutouts per candle.
For added interactive fun, “light” one candle each day by adding flames to the display. This is a great canvas for telling about the traditions and history of Hanukkah and celebrating eight special nights.
Choose letters for your display based on the color and size of your menorah board. We have a huge selection of precut paper letters to choose from. We used 4" Sky Blue Playful Ready Letters® and 4" White Casual Ready Letters®.
Hang this festive display in hallways and classrooms or in the gathering areas of community centers and synagogues.
Dreidel & Star of David Garland Strings
This stunning garland string is a great way to incorporate symbols of Judaism into your Hanukkah décor. For our garland string we chose to mix the Star of David and the dreidel, but you could include additional symbols that are important to you and your family.
Cut-and-fold paper crafts are also a great activity for everyone to do together and get into a festive mood. We used templates for our dreidel and Star of David.
You can make your own template or find one online and size it to fit the trimmer or border you are using. It's helpful to make a base for each item to glue the cutouts onto. Make a quick base by accordion-folding a plain sheet of paper so there are 8 panels. Glue the first and last panel together and glue or tape the "middle" together tightly. This will give you 8 sides to attach your cutout shapes to (see the pictures above).
Using your template as a guide, cut the dreidel shapes out of paper borders, and then glue onto the base. Trim away any excess base paper from top/bottom once dry. Attach your completed dreidel to string, jute twine, yarn or thread to create a garland. We hooked small jewelry rings to each piece and tied into place.
String your garland across a mantel or table and watch the light shimmer off of the sparkling paper.