25+ DIY Hanukkah Decoration Ideas

Looking to make homemade Hanukkah decorations for the holiday? This page is full of ideas for DIY Hanukkah crafts.

Each year, on the 25th day of the month of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar (usually November or December on the Gregorian calendar), Jewish families around the globe celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah.

After a small group of Jewish warriors, the Maccabees, were able to overthrow the Greek-Syrians and reclaim their ancient temple in Jerusalem, a miracle happened. This took place in the second century.

The Maccabees found a small container of oil, which would light the menorah at the temple for one day. Instead, the oil lasted for eight days, in what is now called the Hanukkah miracle.

This miracle is celebrated on the holiday of Hanukkah. Hanukkah in America is a joyful festival of lights celebrated near the winter solstice.  

What traditions are there during Hanukkah?

Lighting the menorah: For Jews who celebrate Hanukkah, lighting a menorah has been the primary ritual for the last 1,800 years.

Here crafters can find many articles with ideas for making menorahs, from crocheted menorahs to menorahs made of twigs! Look for all of the unique and interesting DIY Hanukkah decorations to celebrate the tradition of lighting the menorah.

Displaying the menorah: The lit menorah is usually placed in a window of the home to announce that this great miracle took place.

Playing dreidel: A four-sided dice is spun with a group, each side of the dice having a letter for “a great miracle happened there". Look for the craft on this page showing how to make a wall hanging with dreidel pockets perfect for stashing gifts.

Giving gelt: Gelt is the Yiddish word for money, and chocolate discs wrapped in gold foil are given to represent collecting money to buy or make clothing for poor students in local schools.

In the 19th century, Jews in Europe started giving coins to their own children. Check the crochet pattern for a blue and white gift bag to hold Hanukkah gelt to make for the kiddos.

Singing Hanukkah songs: Although not as prevalent as Christmas songs, there is no shortage of songs sung for this holiday.

Eating foods cooked in oil: To symbolize the miracle of the oil to light the original menorah, two traditional foods are cooked in oil and eaten for the holiday: latkes and donuts.

Giving gifts: Giving gifts at Hanukkah began in the late 1800’s when Jewish Americans began adopting the Christian custom. A gift is usually given on each of the eight days of the holiday. Check out the cute Hanukkah gift tags made with washi tape!

This page has wonderful Hanukkah decorations that represent the traditions of this beautiful festival of lights. Scroll down to see the many ideas we’ve gathered to make this glowing holiday special.

Check out the page on Hanukkah crafts for kids to make, too!

25+ DIY Hanukkah Decoration Ideas

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3D Star of David

Create a beautiful 3D Star of David decoration for Hanukkah with this tutorial. Nurture Store

Blue Shibori Dish Towels

This project was so fun DIY tie dye craft! Alice and Lois

Chanukah Centerpiece

Chanukah Centerpiece

DIY Jar Menorah is made from repurposed jars. Jewish Moms and Crafters

Chanukah Gift Tags

These DIY sweet little washi tape gift tags are perfect for adorning your holiday gifts, or even using them as napkin rings or hung here and there. Creative Jewish Mom

Chanukah Wall Hanging Craft

This wall hanging has dreidel pockets that are perfect little holders for Chanukah chocolate coins, the real (green) stuff, dreidels and little gifts. Busy In Brooklyn

Child's Menorah

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Create a crocheted Menorah with this free pattern to display during the Hanukkah holiday and encourage children to take part in the tradition. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

DIY Recycled Marble Menorah

Here is a tutorial on how to make a marble menorah with sewing thimbles. Rebekah

Dreidel Garland

This crafty string of lights is a wonderful way to get kids involved with decorating for the Holiday of Light. Style At Home

Dreidel Necklace

Little ones can make some colorful and happy dreidel necklaces with these easy instructions. Our Happy Tribe

Dreidel Softie

Here is a free pattern for a dreidel softie perfect for decorating or child play. Crochet by Faye

Gelt Bag

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Delight your little ones with this crocheted bag, ready to fill with gelt for their Hanukkah celebration. It's a free pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Hanukkah Bunting

If you don't sew, you can make this Hanukkah bunting. No sewing is required. Creative Jewish Mom

Hanukkah Garland

Hanukkah Garland

Learn how to make Hanukkah Garland by grabbing some blue and white fabric, pom-poms, and stars of David. JOANN

Hanukkah Garland Origami

Hanukkah Garland Origami

With craft supplies you already have on hand, you can make this simple Hanukkah garland. Moms & Crafters

Hanukkah Jar Decoration

Enjoy the lovely and festive Hanukkah decoration tutorial using jar, vinyl, flowers and a few handy crafting tools and supplies. Sustain My Craft Habit

Hanukkah Napkins

Hanukkah Napkins

Add a personal touch to your Hanukkah table with these DIY napkins. JOANN

Hanukkah Pocket Coundown

Hanukkah Pocket Coundown

After making this adorable wall craft using the free tutorial, it can be used again year after year. Your kids will look forward to opening a different pocket each night. JOANN

Happy Hanukkah Mug

Happy Hanukkah Mug

Celebrate Hanukkah with these fun and easy cricut craft using the free instructions provided at JOANN. JOANN

Homemade Gelt

Make your own gelt for Hanukkah this year with this tutorial. Oh Nuts

Menorah Pillow

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The Menorah, a symbol of the Jewish faith, is depicted on this free crochet pillow pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Quilled Hanukkah Crafts

Here you will learn how to make three quill projects for Hanukkah celebration - house gift box, dreidel and Menorah. Houzz

Star Table Mat

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Ideal for Hanukkah entertaining or any winter event, this free crochet star mat pattern will keep furniture protected from nicks and scratches. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Star Trivet

This star trivet pattern is made with t-shirt yarn. It's ideal as a trivet but you could also make a large garland or wall hanging, or sew a bunch together to make a table runner, or even a rug. Creative Jewish Mom

Sweet Striped Pouch

Use this sweet striped pouch for gelt and gifts. Creative Jewish Mom

Twig Menorah

Make a DIY menorah for kids using colorful painted twigs! Barley and Birch

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