Today we are going to make a menorah for our favorite December Holiday, Chanukah. Soon, we will light the menorah, sing songs, play dreidel, and eat potato latkes with apple sauce and sour cream. If you are looking for other Hannukkah crafts, check out the paper plate Star of David.
Time for a Chanukah craft!
Make a Menorah
The one thing that seemed to be missing from our Chanukah decorations was an electric menorah that we could put in the window and enjoy from inside and out. Every time I went to the store, I looked to see if they had any, but I didn't really like what I saw.
Then, one day, I noticed an empty egg carton still sitting on my kitchen counter and that's when I got my inspiration.
Make a menorah with these simple steps:
- Cut the egg carton into 12 individual cups (you ™ll only need to use 10).
- Paint the inside and outside of 10 of the cups as well as a base on which you will glue them (we used a strip from a cardboard box).
- Once your paint has dried, glue the cups onto your base, 4 cups on the left, 4 cups on the right, and 1 cup raised above all others in the middle. To raise the middle candle, called the Shamash, use the 10th cup turned upside down (or any other object).
- Fill each cup with a flameless tea candle (we found these in the Christmas isle at Target, go figure).
- Place your electric menorah in your window.
- On the first night of Chanukah, light (or turn on) the Shamash (middle candle), and then the leftmost candle. NOTE: When lighting a real menorah, you light the rightmost candle, but because your electric menorah will be viewed from the outside, you will have to reverse this so the rightmost is from the viewpoint of passersby. Therefore, you will be lighting the leftmost candle.
- Continue this each night, adding one more candle each time, lighting the Shamash, then the last candle added (the newest one) first.
- Click here for more information on reciting the Chanukah blessings or lighting a menorah.
We tested out our new electric menorah and are positive that it will help make our window display more festive and fun. We had a great time making it (and so did his grandmother who was in town and willing to get paint on her hands), it's homemade, and it's recycled art (which we love). Plus, it has turned out to be more special than any electric menorah we could have purchased in the store.
Looking for other December holiday celebration ideas like make a menorah? Here are other fun things to do with kids: