Creative Crafts for Creative Kids

Festive Menorahs

Posted on: November 30, 2010

Help celebrate Hanukkah with this festive paper menorah!  Little ones even get to “light” the candles each night of the holiday!  This is an advanced beginner project because it involves a lot of cutting.  To get your youngest involved, have them practice cutting out the rectangles for candles.

Things you will need:

  • Construction paper (white, yellow, and two colors of your choice.  I chose purple and blue)
  • Glue or tape
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • A pencil

Step 1: Draw the shape of a menorah on a piece of paper and cut it out.

Step 2: draw and cut out 9 white rectangles.  These will be the candles that go on the menorah.

Step 3: Glue the candles to the back of the menorah.

Step 4: Draw flames on yellow paper.  Be sure to add a “tail” to the end of each flame.  You will use the tail to “light” the candles later on.  Cut the flames out.

Step 5: Use crayons to add details to the flames and menorah.

Step 6: Glue the back of the menorah.  Make sure not to glue all the way to the top of the candles.  Leave a small “pocket” of space as shown above.  Stick the menorah to a piece of paper (for your background).

Step 7: Using the same color as the background sheet, cut out a small rectangle and glue it down on three sides to make a pocket.  Once the glue dries stick the paper flames into the pocket.

Congratulations!  You have made a paper menorah for Hanukkah!  As your family celebrates each day of the holiday children will enjoy getting to “light” the candles on their very own menorah.  Each night you can take a paper flame and stick it into the top of the candle.  The little “tail” from earlier should slide into the pocket and hold the flame in place.  Did you do this project?  How did it turn out?  Please feel free to share your comments and pictures in the comments section.  Happy crafting!

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