How-to: a dreidel from an Acorn

When Zoe came home from school last Friday she was super exited. She rushed and opened her bag to show me a dreidel she made in class. Once she pulled it out I was as existed as she was. I am not sure what made me more existed the fact that Zoe understood the brilliance of this dreidel and wanted to share it with me so I can share it with you, or the simplicity, natural, easy to make, clean looking, and super spinning dreidel Zoe just showed me.
So here I am sharing this super easy tutorial with you.

You will need:

  1. Acorn shells (smaller ones work better)
  2. Modeling clay, you can find in any craft store. You could probably replace it with self hardening clay but I haven’t tried it.
  3. Matches (the ones with the square section that come in a drawer box)

Yes, that’s it.

How to:

  • Break a small piece of the modeling clay and shape it to an elongated ball.
  • Stuff the clay into the acorn shell; give it a little shape at the top.
  • Place a match in the center of the modeling clay. Face down.
  • spin, spin, spin

What do you think?
I hope you have acorns in your area. Enjoy this.


Growing up creative, Israel


A blog by tali buchler who lives in Israel, moving back there after living in the US for 16 years.

She’s an architect who doesn’t design houses so much any more, she uses her design skills with her interest in kids’ creativity to design spaces and objects that ignite their imagination.

In her blogs she has a series of tutorials called “Eco kids craft” where she uses design ideas and craft techniques to encourage recycling creativity and creating with “whatever you have”.

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