DIY Hanukkah Decorations for 8 Nights of Fun

Make memories together when you make these fun, easy and affordable DIY Hanukkah decorations for 8 nights of festive holiday celebration

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Whether you spell it Hanukkah, Chanukah or one of the dozens of other ways it can be written, creating your own DIY Hanukkah decorations is a great way to make memories together while celebrating 8 nights of fun with the special people in your life.

1. Wine Bottle Hanukkah Menorah

Make use of the wine bottles you have around and aren’t sure what to do with. Or, better yet, get some new bottles of wine and have your own wine tasting. Those bottles will be available in no time.

Then, decorate them however you would like. Spray paint them gold, silver or blue. Trim the bottom of the candles to fit the mouth of the bottle and you’ve got a chic Hanukkah menorah to continue the festivities.

2. Hanukkah Olive Oil Menorah Candles

If you want to go with a more traditional menorah that’s also green and sustainable, check out how to make an olive oil menorah

This requires a bit more care and adult supervision if you’re working on this with children, of course. 

But using some clear decorative glasses, votives or vases with the golden olive oil inside produces a gorgeous effect. Make sure to get a lighter that can reach down into the vessel to light the wick. Just don’t leave the lit menorah unattended.

3. Hanukkah Table Runner

Create your own elegant DIY table runner and save a lot of money in the process. Find the fabric and other materials you want to use, and consider this table runner with tassels and beads. Or alter it according to your style. 

Overhead view of a table set for Hanukkah with menorah, candles, table runner and dishes
Source: Fiskars

4. Personalized Hanukkah Place Cards

Add a unique and personal touch to your Hanukkah table with handmade place cards for each of your guests. Although they’re small, these easy-to-make place cards contribute to the warm and welcoming atmosphere of your celebration. Check out the directions for how to make Hanukkah place cards

3 personalized Hanukkah place cards
Source: Martha Stewart, Image credit: Burcu Avsar

5. Homemade Hanukkah Gelt

In addition to the gold gelt—whether in the form of plastic coins or chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil—these homemade chocolate gelt treats make a fun and tasty addition to the wealth and sharing so central to your Hanukkah festivities. Gelt the recipe here!

omemade chocolate Hanukkah gelt
Source: Martha Stewart; Image credit: Aaron Dyer

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6. Happy Hanukkah Cards

Another fun way to put your personal touch on the holiday season is to make your own Hanukkah greeting cards by hand. From different kinds of menorahs to ways to represent the Star of David and many more, the options are just about endless, but here are a couple lists of ideas for creating your own Hanukkah greeting cards

7. Dreidels

Among the most iconic Hanukkah toys, the dreidel can be made in all kinds of fun configurations and with a variety of materials. 

Try different ways each night and play the dreidel game with your gold gelt. However you decide to do it, have fun spending time with your loved ones and celebrating the miracle of Hanukkah. 

3 edible dreidels made with marshmallows, pretzel sticks, frosting and Hershey Kisses
Source: Spoon University, Image credit: Posey Memishian

8. Homemade Hanukkah Garland 

You can make Hanukkah garland out of all kinds of things, from strings of the Star of David to paper dreidels to menorah cutouts. Another option is to string your gelt into a flashy gold garland. Here’s how to make gold gelt garland.

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