8 Nights of Creative and Frugal Chanukah Crafts
I love to decorate my house for Chanukah. I am not particularly creative or good at crafts but my kids LOVE arts and crafts so I am always looking for things for them to do. We take their crafts from school and home and use it to decorate the house- living room and their bedroom for Chanukah.
Since my artistic skills are nil I gravitate towards crafts that are super easy to make. I also do not spend a lot of money on craft supplies. While I try to have all the basic in the house on a regular basis 9I believe that having access to creative supplies is great for kids) I try not to buy supplies that can only be used for a specific purpose. So I buy things and reuse things that can be used in a multitude of ways. I save magazines, cardboard boxes, toilet paper and paper towel rolls etc. and I try to buy cheap craft items from the dollar store (or the like) and sometimes even from Ali Express.
These are all crafts that I either make with my kids or found online from other great sources.
Mostly Frugal Chanukah Crafts
I tried to only pick crafts that have materials that I thought most people would have readily available to them. I don’t consider a craft to be frugal if I have to buy a specialty item for it. Although you may not have all these materials in the house they are all pretty basic materials that probably can be purchased for pretty cheap and that the average family will have already so I feel like it can be called “frugal” even if you personally have to purchase the materials.
Of course, if you don’t have it and don’t have the money to buy it then adapt to whatever you can fund! That is the best part of creative crafts- make it work for you and your family.
8 Chanukah Crafts to Make:
Cardboard or paper
Markers, crayons or stickers
I make these dreidel crafts every year. This year we used an old cereal box. I cut the box into small dreidels and the kids decorate them as they see fit. This year we used dot paints and markers but we have also used stickers, cut up- magazines and regular paint. You can use this template to trace a dreidel if you feel like you can’t draw one yourself.
Once the dreidel are decorated I poke a hole through the top and thread a thread or string though it and hang it from the curtain rods. My kids love when I hang some in their room.
I suggest doing this with a menorah because all the straight lines make it sort of idiot-proof. Take tape (preferably painters tape but other tape is fine as well) and put it in the shape of a menorah on the paper. Give kids paintbrushes to paint over it. They can get creative and do different designs etc. This picture is from my son when he was 2 so it was a one color type of thing. After it dries, slowly and clearly remove the tape, Underneath the paint will be a menorah design!
Chanukah Hand print Menorah
I love this because it is so easy! The little kids love it because it is super sensory. If you are really good at these type of things, try to do it a few years in a row so you can see their adorable little hands grow! Don’t forget to write their name and year on the back of the paper so that you don’t forget which year each hand print was from.
Paper Towel Menorah
I made this one year but it didn’t look like the picture! It was a simpler version which worked for us. The great thing is that you can make it more or less fancy-depending on how much you time and energy you have. You can really use any material to decorate the rolls. Don’t feel like you have to make it exactly as pictured. Bonus points for using recycled materials that would ordinarily go in the trash!
Paper Plate Menorah
I love using household goods to make crafts! It excited the frugal me. Even if you don’t have paper plates around they are super cheap to buy and better than plastic for the environment so a lot of wins! This is an oldie but a goodie. Simple, easy and festive. What could be bad?
Star of David Bunting
Chanukah is all about being Jewish so these star of David crafts fit into the theme even though they are not specifically Chanukah related. They can be more simple or more complicated depending on the age of the child doing them. I like the idea of having them in a hallway or around a staircase to make it look really nice.
Paper Chain Menorah
I love this idea! This is really great for older kids who want something they can do on their own. You can use leftover papers or magazines if you want something really super frugal. You do need a nice blank wall for this to work though. If you live in most places, the paper won’t stick to a window if it’s cold and rainy.
Maybe this can even be turned into a great Chanukah party game? Keep posted for the details on a later night!
I like to hang all the projects on a string in front of my large window. We do this with clothespins. To make them Chanukah friendly I use wooden clothespins and either color or paint the bottoms yellow and the tops orange to look like a candle. It’s just a little festive touch that makes it look more pulled together. I save these from year to year.
Decorate your home with your Chanukah Crafts!
A few really important things to keep in mind:
NEVER put paper or any type of crafts near where you may be lighting the Menorah. Even if you want that area to look nice it can be EXTREMELY DANGEROUS to put any sort of crafts anywhere you have open flames.
I did not include any Menorah crafts for this same reason. Making a homemade menorah to actually light should be handled with extreme caution. For this reason, in our house we have the rule that even menorahs that are made in school are for “show” only. Chanukah crafts are to be seen and not used! We set a small table with a display of menorahs that the kids made (and some projects that don’t hang well). Better safe than sorry!
I hope you all have a beautiful and SAFE Chanukah!
Chanukah, Channuka, Channukah, Hannukah, Hannuka, Hanuka…. No matter how you spell it you can celebrate! Check out all the things you can do this Chanukah here.