Our Hanukkah candle craft is fun to make and gives a new twist to lighting the Hanukkah menorah. No matches are required, so even your youngest family members can take part in the holiday tradition without burning their fingers!
Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days and nights. On each night a candle is lit on the Hanukkah menorah (or hanukkiah).
Eight candles stand in a row, with the ninth candle (called the Shamash) standing a bit taller than the rest. This is because the Shamash is used each night to light the rest of the candles, so it deserves a place of distinction on the hanukkiah.
In some families, the tradition has become to light a Hanukkah menorah for each family member. Smaller kids shouldn't be left out of the act, and our Hanukkah candle craft lets them take part in this ceremony easily and safely! See our simple instructions below and start making your felt menorah now!
Happy Hanukkah--Chag Hanukkah Sameach
White, blue and yellow felt pieces
A 24-inch by 12-inch piece of felt in a contrasting color
A wooden dowel at least 24-inches long
Decorative cord, string or ribbon (30 inches long)
From the white felt, cut nine candles. (They will be 3½- by 1½-inches rectangles)
Using the blue felt, cut eight 2-inch squares and one 3- by 2-inch rectangle (These are your candleholders)
Place your background piece of felt (24- by 12-inches) on a flat surface
Glue the candle holders to the bottom edge of the felt. Leave equal spaces between each candleholder with the larger 3- by 2-inch rectangle in the center (this is your Shamash)
Cut out 9 candle flames from the yellow felt. Cut small strips from the Velco and glue them to the back of each flame
To finish your felt Hanukkah candle craft, fold over the top of the banner 1½-inches from the edge, glue in place and let dry
Insert the dowel and then tie ribbon or cord to the ends of the dowel. There! You're ready to "light" your hanukkiah!
On the first night of Hanukkah, let your child add a flame, first to the Shamash, and then to the first "candle". Light your menorah (hanukkiah) from right to left (this is because Hebrew is read from right to left).
Congratulations....you're ready for the first night of Hanukkah!
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