This is a busy week for many of us! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day yesterday! Did you know that this week is also Hanukkah? This year Hanukkah began at Sunset November 27th and will end December 5th. Today I wanted to share some fun crafts you can make for your dolls to celebrate Hanukkah. To create this week’s three Hanukkah Crafts you will need:

For The Menorah Pin:

  • Blue Sculpey Clay
  • Yellow Sculpey Clay
  • Sculpey Modeling tools
  • A peel and stick bar pin
  • A baking sheet
  • Wax Paper
  • Oven
  • Ruler
  • *Optional Star of David Charm

For the Dreidel ornament/ Necklace pendant:

  • Tan or light brown Sculpey Clay
  • Sculpey Modeling Tools
  • A baking sheet
  • Wax Paper
  • *Buttons to use as Gelt
  • Oven

For the Wire Necklace:

  • 12 inches of 18 gauge wire
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Blue Plastic Beads (Or you can make Sculpey Clay Beads and bake them right on the wire!)
  • Star of David Charm

Menorah

Step 1– Assemble all the supplies you will need and preheat your oven to the directions recommended settings on the side of your Sculpey Clay.

Step 2-  Select the color you would like your Menorah to be. I chose blue. Un wrap your Sculpey Clay and cover your work space with wax paper.

Step 3– Work the dough with your fingers into a rectangle that is 2 inches long by ½ inch high. This is the base of your Menorah.

Step 4-Roll out 8 equal “candle shapes” and one slightly longer for the Shamash which is the candle that will sit in the middle of your Menorah.

Step 5- Place your “candles” on your Menorah base pressing them gently into place. Make sure the Shamash is in the middle!

Step 6- If you have a Star of David Charm you can use it to emboss a star on the front of your Menorah. Gently press it into the clay and remove you will see the imprint on your clay.

Step 7- Un wrap a small amount of yellow from your Sculpey Clay and create small yellow triangles to act as light your candle light.  Gently press the yellow onto the top of your candles.

Step 8- Place on your wax paper and baking sheet and bake according to the directions on the side of your Sculpey Clay package.  Let cool.

Step 9– Turn over your baked Menorah and peel the backing off of your bar pin. Place it along the bottom of your Menorah base back side. Now you can use your Menorah for doll play or wear your new pin!

To make the Dreidel

Step 1- Unwrap your light brown Sculpey Clay, cover your work space with wax paper and preheat the oven according to the directions on the side of your Sculpey Clay package.

Step 2– Use your fingers to shape your Driedel. Use your Sculpey Modeling Tools to refine your shape.

Step 3– Use a small amount of Sculpey clay to create the handle of your Dreidel. Press it gently into place.

Step 4– Use your Sculpey Modeling Tool to carve the shapes  ? (Nun), ? (Gimmel), ? (Hay) and ? (Shin),on each side. These stand for the Hebrew phrase “Nes Gadol Haya Sham.” This phrase means “A great miracle happened”

Step 5- Use your Sculpey Modeling Tool to create a hole in the handle so once your Dreidel has been baked you can hang it up as an ornament or wear it around your neck as a pendant!

Step 6– Place on a waxed lined baking sheet and baking according to the Sculpey directions on the side of your Sculpey Clay package.

Step 7– Once baked and cooled your Dreidel is ready to play. Use small buttons as Gelt (money) for your dolls to win!

How to play:

At the beginning of the game each player is given an equal number of Gelt pieces or candy, usually 10-15.

At the beginning of each round, every player puts one piece of Gelt into the center “pot.” They then take turns spinning the dreidel, with the following meanings assigned to each of the Hebrew letters:

  • Nun means “nichts,” which means “nothing” in Yiddish. If the dreidel lands with a nun facing up the spinner does nothing.
  • Gimmel means “ganz,” which is Yiddish for “everything.” If the dreidel lands with the gimmel facing up the spinner gets everything in the pot.
  • Hey means “halb,” which means “half” in Yiddish. If the dreidel lands with a hey facing up the spinner gets half of the pot.
  • Shin means “shtel,” which is Yiddish for “put in.” Pey means “pay.” If the dreidel lands with either a shin or a pey facing up the player adds a game piece to the pot.

If a player runs out of game pieces they are “out.”

Wire Necklace

Step 1- Cut away 12 inches of wire from your spool.

Step 2– If you have a Star of David Charm feed it onto the wire so it will be in the center of your necklace.

Step 3– If you are using beads thread them onto your wire equally on each side.

Step 3A– If you are using Sculpey clay, Roll 18 small equal balls of Sculpey Clay. Feed them equally on the wire by gently pushing the wire through the center of your ball.

Repeat until all your Sculpey Clay balls are used.

Step 4– Use your pliers to curl the ends of your wire necklace as shown in the photos above.

Step 4 A– Follow the directions in step 4 if you are using Sculpey clay balls as beads then

 Place on a wax paper lined baking sheet and bake according to the directions on the Sculpey Clay Package.

Step 5– Once your baking time is complete cool your wire necklace completely before placing it around your dolls neck. Bend the wire to fit the necklace to your doll.

If Hanukkah is a holiday your family and dolls celebrate I wish you a very Happy Hanukkah and hope you have enjoyed my craft this week. If Hanukkah is not a holiday your family celebrates you can still create amazing things for your dolls with Sculpey Clay and use some of the techniques from today’s tutorial to create fun doll play items! I look forward to sharing more doll play crafts and ideas with you next week!

Today I used my Chrissa American Girl Doll wearing a skirt I made and Shrug made by a friend of mine, photographed on my American Doll Room back ground using the Salad Bar I created from this Doll Diaries Tutorial.

Karen