Please welcome guest blogger Beth, who has an amazing Blog UpperWestsideMom (www.upperwestsidemom.com.) I so appreciate her sharing this beautiful craft that can be done even with young children. It is a great activity, and your beautiful creations can decorate your own home or be given to someone you love. Thank you so much for sharing, Beth! Everyone be sure to check out her fantastic blog!
I am very excited to be guest posting on Bringing Chesed Home. I think that home is a perfect place for chesed. There are so many ways to accomplish this, especially when you have kids (Sarah's post Night Night is a perfect example of this). I think this blog is a great idea and I am really looking forward to watching Bringing Home Chesed grow!
These Recycled Dreidel Paper Dolls are great for kids of any age. Any child that is old enough to hold a crayon can participate. You can make them ahead of Hanukkah for decorations or I think it would be a fun activity after you light the Menorah. We hung ours around our foyer which is now covered in dreidels!
What You'll Need:Brown paper bags from the marketScissorsPencil and optional ruler to draw the dreidel on the paper (the ruler does help the dreidel look neat)Art supplies to decorate the dreidels with (we used letter stickers, Sharpies, glitter glue, glue, googly eyes, yarn and cut outs from google images)
1. Cut the bottom of of the paper bag.
4. Cut each of the two pieces on the side, on a fold, so that you are opening up each "looped" piece into a long piece of paper.
5. Iron the paper on the lowest setting with steam but be very careful. All ironing should be done by an adult!
6. Fold the long piece in equal halves 3 times in a row so that when it's unfolded you will have 8 "sections".
7. Using the creases as a guide refold the paper accordion style, like you would if you were making paper dolls.
8. Draw a dreidel on the top section of the paper and add two "arms" so the dreidels will be connected when they are cut out.
9. Cut out the dreidel along the lines including the arms so that they will all be connected.
10. Unfold and decorate.
Beth at www.upperwestsidemom.com