What better way to teach your students about Hanukkah than with a fun craft? These Star of David ornaments are made using tissue paper and popsicle sticks and are the perfect kid-made gift to send home during the holidays.
Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own Star of David “stained-glass” ornaments!
My four and five year olds seemed to really enjoy creating their stars. The process of painting on the tissue paper was quite calming and meditative for myself and I think it had a similar effect on the kids.
We hung our ornaments in the windows and the sunlight shining through created a beautiful stained-glass effect!
- Popsicle Sticks ~ 6 popsicle sticks for each ornament.
- Tissue Paper ~ Various colors cut into strips and squares.
- Bottle Glue
- Thin string, yarn or ribbon ~ cut into 7 inch pieces
Getting The Star Frames Ready
After gathering your materials, you will create the star frames out of popsicle sticks. Each ornament uses six popsicle sticks.
Glue three popsicle sticks together to make an equilateral triangle. Repeat until you have two triangles for each ornament you will be making.
Let the triangles dry separately for about 10-15 minutes.
Once they are dry, place the triangles on top of one another facing opposite directions to see where they will connect. Add a few dots of glue and press the triangles together until they stick on their own. Set the star frame(s) aside to dry.
Thin some glue by putting it in a little bowl and mixing it with some water.
Show your kids how to lay the strips of tissue paper over the popsicle sticks and paint the glue mixture on, starting where the paper touches the popsicle sticks. The glue mixture will soak through the tissue paper and, when it dries, will be securely attached to the frame.
The Final Steps
After students are finished adding the tissue paper pieces, you can touch up the stars before letting them dry. Smooth out the edges and add tissue paper pieces to fill in any gaps.
Place the star ornaments aside and let them dry for 30 minutes to an hour. Some kids may go overboard with the glue water so those may take a little longer to dry.
Once the tissue paper is dry, you can write each student’s name and the year on the ornament with a Sharpie. You could even get fancy and use a metallic Sharpie if you have one laying around somewhere!
Poke a small hole through the tissue paper near the inside of one of the points. A sharpened pencil works well for this.
Thread a piece of ribbon or string through the hole and tie it in a loop so it can hang in a window, or anywhere else the light can shine through, and showcase your Star of David’s stained-glass-like luminance!
Did You Know?
The Star of David is a six-pointed figure consisting of two interlaced equilateral triangles. it is used as a Jewish and Israeli symbol and appears on the flag of Israel.
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