Hanukkah Holiday Crafting

By Scott Meeks
Hanukkah Dreidel Craft

With Hanukkah around the corner, what a better way to get festive with your kids while crafting this unique Ribbon Dreidel, with simple tools that can easily be found at home.

A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side. It is used during Hanukkah to play a popular children’s game that involves spinning the dreidel and betting on which Hebrew letter will be showing when the dreidel stops spinning.


  • Candy apple skewer (or toothpick)
  • Ribbon (1/2 inch)
  • Glue
  • Water bottle cap (optional)


  • Put a dab of glue onto the skewer. The glue should go just above the pointy part. Candy apple skewers work well because they’re short and sturdy – and just the right amount of pointy-ness. But a toothpick will also work.
  • Add the ribbon to the glued edge of the skewer and hold for about 30 seconds until it’s secure.
  • Wrap the ribbon around the skewer. Keep going until it’s about the size of a quarter. Wrap tightly.
  • Secure the end of the ribbon with more glue.
  • Carefully pull the edge of the ribbon away from the pointy end, creating a bowl-like shape. Don’t pull too far. You want it to hold up by itself.
  • If you’d like, put a hole in the center of a water bottle top and slide that down the skewer to act as the top part of your dreidel.

To make it more authentic, you can write letters of the Hebrew alphabet onto each side of the dreidel.

For more Holiday crafts to do with your kids this season, check out how to make this Christmas tree from spoons!

This craft project comes to us from Washington Parent Magazine.

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