This DIY Hanukkah Popup Card is easy for kids to make themselves, & they’ll be quite impressed with the outcome – popup cards are always a hit!
As we enter December, we get ready to welcome a New Year, while also setting up our trees and shopping for gifts! But this isn’t only for Christmas – it is also for Hanukkah, an important festival for the global Jewish community!
Hanukkah is an eight-day festival that is from 18-26th December this year, which means we have plenty of time to celebrate! Along with special foods and gifts, Hanukkah is known for being a festival of lights, as people celebrate by lighting a traditional lamp called the menorah.
The menorah has nine candles, one for each day of Hanukkah and one to light the other candles. There are many interesting stories about the menorah, which is also known as ‘hanukkiah’. Let’s learn more about this festival and its celebrations with a cute DIY Hanukkah popup card.
DIY Hanukkah Popup Card for Kids
- White card
- Craft paper in yellow, orange, blue, and gold
- Red marker
How to make the DIY Hanukkah Popup Card:
1. Cut out nine thick strips from blue craft paper to make the candles. Take the yellow craft paper and cut out nine tear-drop shapes to make the candle flames. Make sure one candle and one flame are larger than the rest. Now draw a candelabra shape on the yellow craft paper and cut it out.
2. Let’s start with the candles of our Hanukkah popup card. Stick the teardrop shapes on top of the blue strips.
3. Now that the candles are done, let’s arrange them on the candelabra. Stick the biggest candle right in the middle and the remaining candles on either side, four on each side.
4. Take out your red marker and draw little red tear drop shapes in the middle of each flame. The candles of our Hanukkah popup card are burning red-hot!
5. Add a gold stripe on the top and bottom of the menorah. You can also use glitter paper if you like. Put the menorah aside for now.
6. Bring out the card. If it isn’t folded yet, fold it into two and then unfold it. Stick strips of yellow and orange craft paper along the edges of the card.
7. Fold the card once more. Now, on the folded edge, draw a rectangle as shown below. Keep the dotted lines and solid line as they are. We need them in the next step.
8. Cut along the dotted lines. This should give you a flap that you can fold along the solid line.
9. Open the card and push the flap inward so get this popup effect in the center of your Hanukkah popup card.
10. Time to put everything together! Take your menorah and stick it on the perpendicular portion of the flap, so it looks like the menorah is standing when the card is open. That’s it – your Hanukkah popup card is 100% ready to gift to your friends and loved ones!
You don’t really need a lot of supplies to make this card – just some card stock and colored paper. If someone can help with the cutting, even little kids can get involved in this little project. It’s a fun activity for siblings to bond over – the older one does the cutting and the younger one handles the sticking!
If you’re Jewish, this Hanukkah popup card is a great way to share your culture with your friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Just add some homemade gelt, Sufganiyot, or Latke Cookies with it! If you know someone who celebrates Hanukkah, they’ll love receiving this handmade menorah-themed card from you!