Upcycled Crafts: How to Make a Dreidel

November 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm Leave a comment

This year, Hanukah is early, and we’re preparing to celebrate by having a dreidel tournament in the store. In honor of that, this week’s craft blog is how to make your own dreidel out of an egg carton. But first, here’s a message from Mindy, our bookstore manager about our upcoming dreidel tournament:

In 1974, my Brooklyn born parents  sent me off from our Connecticut home to attend Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS (aka the Little Apple). I was one of only 17 Jewish kids on campus at the time. I remember waking up on the first morning of Passover to the news that the food service had a special breakfast for the Jewish students. I went to the cafeteria only to discover they were serving bagels. I went to the Director of Food Services and explained that the whole point of Passover was not to leavened bread. She apologized profusely for the error. The upside is that lots of mid-West kids got turned on to a Jewish delicacy.

So when it was brought to my attention that we were holding our inaugural Dreidel Tournament on a Saturday, I was embarrassed by my oversight. Because we want everyone to be able to participate in the Chanukah tradition, we are expanding the event to be held on Sunday, Dec. 1, as well Nov. 30 from 1-5pm. Our hope is that many people will become interested in the dreidel tradition.

Please tell us your “bagel story” in the comments! but before you do, here’s the tutorial for our upcycled egg carton dreidels…



Egg carton

Hot Glue


Thumb tack

Step 1:

Tear off one egg shaped portion of the egg carton. This will be the bottom part of the dreidel.

Step 2:

Tear off one of the pyramid shaped parts that support the lid. This will be the handle by which you spin the dreidel.

Step 3:

Taking the hot glue gun, line the bottom edges of the pyramid with glue, then nest into the egg shaped bottom. You might need to apply more glue to get it to stay in place.

Step  4:

Add the Hebrew letters to each side. For the dreidel, there are four Hebrew letters, Nun, Gimmel , Hei, Shin, which is an acronym for a Hebrew  for “A Great Miracle Happened There” which refers to the miracle of oil lasting for eight days, the reason for celebrating Hanukah.

Step 5:

Hot glue a thumbtack on the bottom if you’d like to have better spinning ability.


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