How to Make an Origami Dreidel for Hanukkah

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Today I’m going to show you how to make an Origami Dreidel for Hanukkah.  A dreidel is a spinning top toy that is played during the Hanukkah season.  Each side of the dreidel has a different Hebrew letter on it.  The children will bet each other which letter will be on top of the dreidel when the dreidel lands.  The winner usually wins chocolate candy called gelt.  Fun stuff!!  So, let’s start today’s craft.

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How to Make an Origami Dreidel for Hanukkah



 

Materials Needed

Origami Paper

Glitter Glue, Marker or Paint

 

Step 1



Pick the color Origami paper that you want your dreidel to be.



Pick the color Origami paper that you want your dreidel to be.  Then turn it over to the white side…. like above.


Step 2



Fold in half.



Fold in half.

 

Step 3



Now, it should look like this.



Now, it should look like this.

 

Step 4



open it back up so you can now see a crease in the center.



Now, open it back up so you can now see a crease in the center.

 

Step 5



Fold each of the bottom corners up to the center crease.



Fold each of the bottom corners up to the center crease.

 

Step 6



your Origami paper should look like this



Now, your Origami paper should look like this (an upside down house).

 

Step 7



Fold both sides to center line over the triangles you just folded.



Fold both sides to center line over the triangles you just folded.

 

Step 8



Now your paper should look like this.



Now your paper should look like this.

 

Step 9



Bring top of paper down to bottom point.



Bring top of paper down to bottom point.

 

Step 10



Now it should look like this.



Now it should look like this.

 

Step 11



fold it part way back up, but not all the way back up.



Now, fold it part way back up, but not all the way back up.  Fold it where marked above to make a pleat.



Here is another angle of this pleat fold.



Here is another angle of this pleat fold.

 

Step 12



fold the top of the paper in to the center line and the corners start bending into triangles



This is really difficult to show you how to do.  Basically, fold the top of the paper in to the center line and the corners start bending into triangles.

 

Step 13



Notice the triangles formed.



Notice the triangles formed.

 

Step 14



Turn over to the other side.



Turn over to the other side.

 

Step 15



You can use glitter glue, marker or paint to draw a Hebrew letter on the front of the Origami.



Each side of the dreidel bears a letter of the Hebrew alphabet:  Nun, Gimel, Hei and Shin (the Hebrew letters are shown in image above).  You can use glitter glue, marker or paint to draw a Hebrew letter on the front of the Origami.

The dreidel is beautiful isn’t it?  How did your dreidel turn out?  What color did you make your dreidel?  Let me know in the comments below.  And, take a picture and share it with us as well…. we’d love to see it.

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