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Hanukkah Greeting Cards to Make with the Kids

Everyone loves receiving personalized, homemade greeting cards. You and your children can make festive, broadsheet-style Hanukkah cards with just a few simple items that you probably already have around the house!

The directions do include some steps that require scissors or a craft knife, so younger children will need some help and supervision.

Things You'll Need:
  • Bottled glue or a glue stick
  • Cardboard (you can use an empty cereal box or something of similar thickness)
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife and cutting board
  • Blue and white crepe or tissue paper (or any thin, decorative paper)
  • Glitter, sequins, buttons, sparkles and / or other decorations
  • A single-hole paper punch
  • Twine (or yarn)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Wax paper
  • Pencil
  • Markers
Directions:
  1. Have the children tear (or cut) the decorative crepe or paper into confetti. Put all the pieces in a box, dish, or other container and set aside.
  2. Give each child a piece of foil (about 12” each). Place a generous squirt of glue onto the foil and use a paintbrush or slightly damp sponge brush to spread it as thinly and evenly as possible, or brush the foil with a glue stick.
  3. While the glue is still wet, sprinkle bits of confetti, glitter, etc., over the foil. (Let some of the foil show for extra shine!)
  4. Grownup step: On a cutting board, cut cardboard into rectangles with your craft knife. Cut to cardboard to whatever dimensions you’d like the cards to be.
  5. Another grownup step: Using a pencil, draw or stencil Hanukkah-associated shapes (Stars of David, dreidels, etc.) on the cardboard rectangles. Carefully cut out the shapes with your craft knife.
  6. Glue the stenciled card directly onto the decorated side of the foil. (If you’ve used cardboard from an empty package, make sure to glue it with the printed side down.)
  7. When the glue has dried, cover each card with a piece of wax paper and lay a book on top to flatten everything and ensure that the glue adheres well.
  8. Trim the excess foil away from the edges of each card.
  9. If you wish, create multi-panel cards by punching corner or side holes and binding them with twine or yarn.
  10. Write your greetings on the back of the foil with a marker (permanent markers work best so, again, you might want to help the little ones and supervise the bigger ones).

View Party Plan: Happy Hanukkah!

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