My annual Latke Nosh Hanukkah Party is on the last night of Hanukkah this year. Each year I have a Hanukkah craft activity for the kids to do. Last year the kids had tons of coloring sheets and they decorated their own gelt bags to take home their winnings in. It worked out really well but this year I am going to challenge them even more because they are older and bigger. This year we are going to do quilling for our Hanukkah craft. Quilling is a paper craft where you bend paper into elegant spirals and shapes and assemble them into more elaborate shapes.
The hardest part of this craft is cutting the paper into strips. I have a cheap $25 Office Max guillotine, so it is super easy for me but if you don’t have one you might want to buy one or use the one at your school, office, or shul. Also, choose some colorful paper. I’ve shown a simple baby blue paper here but I will be buying some more fancier paper for the kids.
What you will need:
- Cardstock paper, cut into 1 inch strips
- Pen or pencil
- Glue stick (not shown)
- Clear tape
A variety of shapes can be created using the basic techniques of bending, folding, and taping (or gluing). These basic shapes are the foundation of quillwork. To get the spiral, tightly bend the paper around a pencil or pen. Release quickly for a loose spiral. Keep tight for a tighter spiral. The picture above doesn’t show the paper right up next to the pencil because I was holding the camera!
Glueing the ends of longer paper to a shorter paper creates a simple dreidel shape.
And a little bit fancier dreidels using more strips.
A shamash candle.The flame is a spiral inside a teardrop. The ambitious child can perhaps create an entire menorah.
And of course, a Mogen David. This can also be done using the triangles with scrolls inside too. It looks really complex, but it is really just 6 spirals inside 6 teardrops with a spiral in the center.
But my favorite is the undirected scrolling. There is no representational goal here, so that always makes for a fun creative process. These also create nice ornaments if they don’t get too large.
The quillwork can also be mounted on a different colored paper to create a “frame”. Having some string on hand is also a good idea for immediate hanging.