Create Your Own IG-11 this Hanukkah with a DIY Dreidel

Fans loved IG-11 when it leaps into action during The Mandalorian firing with twists and turns of a dancer. Now you can create your very own spinning dreidel or “droidel” this holiday season.

What You’ll Need

  • -Unfinished wooden dreidel
  • -Silver, black, and red acrylic paint
  • -Clear matte paint
  • -Black paint marker
  • -Ruler
  • -Pencil
  • -Paintbrushes

Time to Create

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Step 1: Begin by painting the entire dreidel with the silver paint. Let dry completely. (Two coats might be needed for full coverage.)

Step 2: Mix the silver and black paint to create a dark silver. Paint a circle on the rounded bottom edge of the dreidel.

Step 3: Repeat on each side for a total of four dark silver circles around the spinning point of the dreidel. Let dry completely.

Step 4: Use the ruler to draw two lines on one side of the dreidel. Draw the first one close the top, and the other line half an inch below it.

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Step 5: Next, draw the dots and circles that make the design of IG-11’s “face.” You can use a photo for reference, but don’t worry too much about replicating it exactly!

Step 6: Lightly use the pencil to write the first letter beneath the second line you drew. Dreidels have four Hebrew letters, one on each side: נ‎ (nun), ג‎ (gimel), ה‎ (hei), and ש‎ (shin).

Step 7: Use the black paint marker to go over the straight lines you drew previously. You can use it with a ruler to keep the lines straight, but take care when removing the ruler so that the paint doesn’t smear.

Step 8: Use the black marker or a paintbrush to add black dots around the top line. Let dry.

Step 9: Next, use the plastic end of two paintbrushes dipped in silver and red paint to add the dotted details between the two lines. Let dry completely.

Step 10: Use the black paint marker or a thin black paintbrush, whichever you are more comfortable with, to fill in the letter. Let dry.

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Step 11: Repeat Steps 4-10 for each side of the dreidel, using each letter once.

Step 12: Once all paint is dry, paint one or two coats of a clear matte finish on the dreidel. This will prevent any chipping or scratching of the paint as it tumbles across the table.

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How to Play

If you’d like to give it a spin with the younglings or foundlings in your life, here are the rules for playing the game:

Each player begins with an equal number of game pieces or currency, usually about 10 or 15. The game pieces can be any object, including nuts, raisins, real coins, or chocolate coins.

To start the game, every player puts one game piece into the center pot.

Each player spins the dreidel once during their turn.

  • If נ‎ (nun) is facing up, nothing happens.
  • If ג‎ (gimel) is facing up, the player gets the whole pot.
  • If ה‎ (hei) is facing up, the player takes half of the pieces from the pot.
  • If ש‎ (shin) is facing up, the player adds one of their game pieces to the pot.

Players who cannot contribute after landing on a shin or after another player lands on a gimel and the pot needs to be refilled are out of the game. The game ends when there is one player left.

Enjoy your “droidel” as you celebrate Hanukkah this year.

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About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.