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Even though it says so in the song, most dreidels are NOT made of clay because its brittle and generally not a resilient material for a toy.  In addition, its hard to control the shape through the firing process during which the clay is hardened - making it unlikely that the dreidel will be well balanced and have a perfect spinning tip.  There are some beautiful collectible ceramic dreidels, however, such as these examples:


Ceramic Dreidel   
Ceramic Dreidel
This hand decorated dreidel by Israeli artist Danny Azoulay has blue and white design and and a gold plated stem. Approximately 1 1/4" tall.
 Price:  $54.95 (as of 12/1/08).  Available from traditionsjewishgifts.com.


Pomegranite Dreidel  
Contemporary Red Pomegranate Dreidel
This beautiful Red Pomegranate ceramic dreidel is made in Jerusalem by Stefan Egei. Stefan studied ceramics in the Art Academy in Romania, immigrated to Israel in 1992 and lives in Jerusalem. He divides his time between creating his equisite Judaica and teaching ceramic design at the acclaimed Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem. Size: 3"Diam x 3"high. Price: $110.00 (as of 11/30/08) Available from traditionsjewishgifts.com.


The Macabim Dreidel
Macabim Dreidel     
This dreidel is also made in Jerusalem by Stefan Egei. Size:2"Sq x 4"high. Price $95.00 (as of 12/1/08).  Available from Jacob's Ladder Judaica.


Dreidel Crafts

I wouldn't necessarily recommend doing it out of clay - but making your own dreidel can be an engaging Hanukkah activity.

Here are directions and a printable template for making a paper dreidel that can be assembled with glue and a pencil or a straw for the handle.  A nice variation is the paper droidel.  If you want all the materials pre-packaged you can purchase a kit

For oragami fans, here are step by step instructions for making a folded paper dreidel with accompanying photographs that illustrate the process.

Marshmallow dreidels are a creative and yummy project - and while they don't spin terribly well - any activity with icing and chocolate kisses is ok in my book. 

If you are looking for a more traditional wood dreidel, dreidelmaker.com has a nice set of parts that you can assemble on your own.  You can also purchase blank wood dreidels from bayerwood.com and nvo.comHebrew letter rubber stamps can be used to mark the sides.

And if you really want to follow the song, here are instructions to make a little dreidel out of clay.
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