I have a Hanukkah [Channukah, hannukah, chanukkah- it all goes] party coming up and I have been looking around online for some creative inspiration, but coming up short. I also want my daughter to start getting excited for the holiday and have some reminders up around the house. I didn't want the traditional blue&white, but still wanted to stay more Jewishy than "generic holiday-y". Seriously I found nothing. Martha Stewart did have this clever tutorial to make a "six pointed star" cut out that I thought I could do something with. And I remembered that I have had this bundle of origami paper in my desk for, oh, like 10 years. I wouldn't have picked out that pattern set today, but I think that made it a bit more interesting.
I cut around 70 of them before I had any idea of what to do and a garland seemed to fit the project best. So here is an honest to goodness non- blue&white Hanukkah decoration tutorial.
Hanukkah Non-Blue&White Star Garland
40+ squares of patterned paper
White cotton string
View image larger with instructions here.
- Fold a square of paper in half to form a rectangle
- Fold the top right corner over to match 1/4 from the bottom left edge
- Fold the left side over so the top left border is even with the right edge fold
- Using the top point as a guide, fold the whole "triangle" in half
- Turn the shape sideways with the folded edge at the top
- Cut from the center of the bottom edge, diagonally, up towards where the fold overlaps [see image for this one]
- You want to cut a perfect isosceles triangle
- Open and enjoy your perfect star!
- Using a glue stick, put glue on the back of one star and line the string up with the center fold. Make sure that the points are facing up and down.
- Stick the second star on top of the first, sandwiching the string.
- Do this 20+ more times to create a garland!
Notes: If I were to do this again I would have created a template of the cut so that each star was the same- each of my stars is a little different so they don't match perfectly when glued together. Good thing I am not a perfectionist. Also, my 2 1/2 year old helped with the gluing- her favorite part. She was also excellent at taking off and putting the lid back on the glue stick. When I put the garland up she exclaimed, "soooooo boootiful!" so I guess it is a festive winner in this household.
Cheers and happy Hanukkah!!