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HOW TO MAKE BEAUTIFUL PAPER DREIDELS   December 14, 2001

From Jewish Holiday Style: A Beautiful Guide to Celebrating Jewish Rituals in Style by Rita Milos Brownstein.

We have lots of uses for these charming, fun-to-make paper dreidels. They don't spin fast enough to use for the dreidel game, but you can use them as party favors, filled with candy. Try them as place cards at your annual Chanukah latke party. Tuck a present inside for a truly unique gift box. String them like paper lanterns on yarn or ribbon (or even along a string of blue miniature lights) across the room or around the front door of your home. With lighted menorahs in your front windows and dreidels on your door, you might want to take a nighttime photo for next year's Chanukah cards.

paper dreidel At any rate, these oversize dreidels are a festive, fun symbol of the season, and they're simple to make, using our pattern. It's a great project for the entire family. Use heavyweight paper or card stock to help your dreidels hold their shape and to make them strong enough to hold candy, favors, or gifts. Be wild and crazy with your colors don't stick just to blue and white!

PAPER DREIDEL INSTRUCTIONS

Use this template as a basic design for your own dreidels. You can enlarge it for the sizes you need.

1. Carefully cut out all the shapes indicated by solid lines only; use scissors for regular cuts and your X-Acto knife for hard-to-reach cuts.

2. Color in the Hebrew letters with acrylic paints for a festive colorful look, or outline in paint pens. Or you can trace the letters onto colored paper, then cut out and paste in position.

3. Next, score on the dotted lines by lightly running the X-Acto knife against a metal ruler along those dotted lines to score the paper for easier, cleaner folding. Remember, a light touch you don't want to cut all the way through the paper.

4. Try rubber cement as an adhesive. Apply on all the "glue here" areas on the pattern. Carefully bend all pieces on the body of the dreidel into place, then press down the glued flaps, forming the sides first.

5. When the sides are glued together, it's time for the bottom. Glue the flaps on the bottom and fold carefully, forming the point. Leave the top unglued.

6. If you would like to hang your dreidel from a string (as pictured), be sure to punch a starter hole, using a skewer, in the top of the handle while it is still flat. Pull a string through the hole. Knot the end, so the string doesn't slip through the hole. Now, glue the flaps on the tiny handle and paste into the top lid.

7. Last, glue the top lid where indicated and close up carefully.

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