Create this “Stained-Glass” Star of David Craft using tissue paper, glue and popsicle sticks! It’s the perfect kid-made gift to send home during the holidays, and a cute craft to go along with Hanukkah-themed books and lessons!
The sunlight shining through the ornaments creates a beautiful stained-glass effect!
Star of David Craft Materials:
- Popsicle Sticks ~ 6 popsicle sticks for each ornament.
- Tissue Paper ~ Various colors cut into strips and squares.
- Bottle Glue
- Colorful Ribbon ~ cut into 7 inch pieces
Assemble The Star Frames
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. This way, you can paint the strips of tissue paper onto the star and the paintbrush does all the work! Just a little bit of glue is all you need to make the tissue paper stick.
You might want to 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, all the tissue paper pieces will be permently attached to the star frame!
The Final Steps
After each child has finished adding the tissue paper to their star, you (or another adult) can touch up the stars before letting them dry. Use a paintbrush dipped in the water/glue solution and smooth out the edges of the tissue paper pieces. Fill in any gaps with a little extra tissue paper and just kinda touch them up a little bit, only if you want and the kids don’t mind! You may also prefer to leave them as they are.
Place the completed Star of David 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 bit 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!
Another thing to do once the paper is dry is poke a little hole through the tissue paper near the inside of the top point on the star using a well-sharpened pencil.
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 the sunlight can shine through!
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.
Books About Hanukkah for Kids
Before introducing the Star of David Craft, I like to give my students a little background on Hanukkah by reading a book beforehand. Here are a few books, available on Amazon, that you can use to help teach your children about why people celebrate Hanukkah, as well as the common symbols and traditions associated with this holiday.