Craft Project: Milk Carton Dreidel

The Jewish winter-time celebration of Chanukah is rich with symbols like the dreidel that lend cha-craftthemselves nicely to making holiday crafts. Help your whole family get into the Chanukah spirit by creating this simple craft project.


The dreidel is a four-sided top with a different Hebrew letter on each side representing the phrase, A Great Miracle Happened There (or Here, if you happen to be living in Israel). While dreidels can be made out of anything, even precious metals, this simple craft project lets you make a useable dreidel at home out of an old milk carton.

Milk Carton Dreidel

What You Need:

  • small milk carton
  • blue paint
  • paintbrush
  • glue
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • gold glitter
  • styrofoam ball
  • table covering
  • plastic plate

What You Do:

  1. With your scissors, poke a in the top and bottom of the milk carton.
  2. Paint the carton blue. Let it dry for at least a half hour.
  3. Cover the top and bottom of the carton with glue and sprinkle it with gold glitter. Shake of the excess. Squeeze the glue on the four sides in the form of the Hebrew letters. (Print out our Chanukah Dreidel Pattern to use as a template for the Hebrew letters) Sprinkle the glitter over the clue and shake off excess. Let the carton dry for another half hour.
  4. Place your pencil into the Styrofoam ball. Cover the ball with glue and roll it around in the glitter. Allow the ball to dry for 20 minutes.
  5. Insert your pencil topper into the bottom of your milk carton and start playing with your dreidel.

Other great Chanukah craft ideas from our holiday craft site:

Egg Carton Menorah

The menorah, or chanukiah, is an eight-branched candelabra used during Chanukah. Each night, another candle is added until on the 8th night, all eight candles are burning. This fun egg carton craft is a great way for young children to have their own menorah to “light”.

Baby Food Jar Menorah Craft

Here is another fun menorah craft, and this one can be used with real tea lights. Be sure to have an adult assist with lighting.

Paper Lanterns

Chanukah is known as the Festival of Lights. This paper lanterns craft is a lovely way to decorate your home for this light-filled holiday.

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