How to Make a Kid-Friendly Menorah

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, is an eight-day holiday that celebrates the triumph of light over darkness.

Introduction

The menorah is a candelabra used in observance of the holiday. It holds nine candles—one for each night, plus a shammus (servant), which is at a different height than the other candles. When you’re using a menorah that has traditional candles instead of LEDs, the shammus is used to light each candle, starting with one on the first night and adding a candle each night until all nine candles are lit.

Tools Required

  • Saw
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

Materials Required

  • 13-in.-long wood scrap
  • 9 Flameless candles
  • Decorations
  • Paint for the base
  • Velcro dots

Project step-by-step (3)

Step 1

Materials List

Base: A piece of wood or plastic long enough to hold all nine candles. Our base is a 13-in.-long wood scrap.

Nine flameless candles: The candles shown are battery-operated LEDs from a craft store.

Paint for the base: Metallic silver is shown.

Decorations: We used double-sided tape to attach sparkly blue ribbon to the candles. You can use glitter glue, pom-poms or whatever you like.

Velcro dots: We used these to attach the candles to the base to make it easy to remove the candles to switch them on and off and replace the batteries.

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Step 2

How-to

  1. Line up your nine candles and measure the length needed for your base.
  2. Cut the base to length, paint it and let it dry.
  3. Have fun decorating the candles with your choice of embellishments.
  4. Stick a hook-side Velcro dot to the bottom of each candle, making sure it doesn’t cover the little switch. Place a loop-side dot on the base for each candle and place the candles on the base. You can also use a glue gun to attach the votives.

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Step 3

Finished project

After sunset on the first night of Hanukkah, light the shammus and then the candle on the far right. The next night, light the shammus and then the candle to the left of the first candle, always lighting the newest candle first and then lighting the previous nights’ candles until all candles are lit on the final night.