Make A Dreidel

How to make a dreidel is a fine question to be asking! Whether it's Hanukkah or not, every kid should have a spinning top to play with, and what better kind of top than a dreidel? Sure, you could buy one, but once you've mastered the skill of how to make a dreidel on your own, you'll be on top of the world.

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Make A Dreidel - Further Details

If you want to make a dreidel, you have a few options to choose from before actually getting to the process of fashioning the item. You can buy a kit containing instructions and materials to guide you through the process. Alternatively, there are other web sites with patterns for various kinds of "unfolded dreidels" that you can print out, glue to some cardboard, and fold to create hollow paper or cardboard dreidels. Those types of dreidel usually require a pencil or pointy stick to be attached, since a stick is needed to set the top spinning, and a point is needed to spin on. If you want to make a dreidel that will last a long time, you might try carving one out of wood, using a dreidel you already have as a guide for your new dreidel's figure.

By thinking about the 3-D shapes that make up a dreidel, you can get an idea of what components would be necessary in building one out of spare parts. On the bottom of a dreidel is a four-sided pyramid, pointing downward. In the middle of a dreidel is usually a cube, which connects to the pyramid. And on the top of the dreidel is a small cylinder, which is the stick or "stem," used to turn it. If you have a couple of old wooden blocks in the shape of a pyramid and cube, you could drill a hole in the middle of one side of the cube and glue a short wooden stick inside, and then glue the pyramid to the opposite side of the cube. Presto, dreidel made!

Make A Dreidel
You too can make a dreidel as fine as this one. With your new skill, there will never again be a need to pay for a quality dreidel, since you'll be able to create your own.

You probably want something better. A diamond dreidel would be too expensive, even to make on your own. And making a dreidel out of twenty-four carat gold is just plain out of the question. That kind of gold is too soft! How about clay? Clay can be easily molded to any shape you can think of, and then baked to become strong and sturdy. It's worked well in the past. But if you don't have clay lying around, you'd need to buy some, and if you end up going to the store, what's to stop you from buying a dreidel? Personal preference, that's what! After all, a dreidel made by you has far more meaning than the mass-produced version.

At the bottom of the page is a list we've assembled of some helpful web sites with instructions for various dreidel making methods. May your homemade dreidels spin swiftly.

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