With the Hanukkah season approaching comes the traditional lighting of the Menorah.
Although menorahs, (also called hanukiahs) come in various shapes and sizes and can be bought virtually anywhere for any price, making your own menorah can be a fun activity for those of any age, as well as being a more cost-effective method in these tough economic times.
Here, I provide you with a step-by-step guide of how to make your own menorah.
(Note: This version of menorah-making is especially kid-friendly, so I recommend letting or assisting your child in making his or her very own menorah this year. Depending on the child’s age, you can even explain the history of Hanukkah as you work together… It’s the perfect family activity!)
Here are the supplies you’ll need for this project:
- Craft Glue (try Super Glue, E6000 or a Glue Gun)
- Hanukkah Candles, 9 Ct.
- Metal Locknuts, 10 Ct.
- Packing Tape, Clear
- Tin Foil
- Wooden Board (cardboard may work)
(Note: You should be able to find all of these materials at your nearest craft and hardware store. I’d even check out nearby dollar stores to save some money! Also, I’d recommend purchasing the candles before the locknuts, so you’re able to better estimate what size locknut will best support the candle.)
What to do:
1. Take tin foil and cover the wooden board completely, smoothing out the foil as much as possible.
2. Use clear tape to attach the foil to the wooden board, taping the foil closed on the bottom side of the wooden board (the side you don’t see.)
3. Have you or your child glue 8 of the locknuts to the wooden board. This can be done in any pattern, so feel free to let your child be creative here.
4. Take the last 2 locknuts. and glue them in a stack anywhere on the board (so they are sitting on top of each other.) (Note- this is where the Shamash, or assistant candle, will go.)
5. Place candles inside locknuts as needed for your Hanukkah celebration, using the Shamash candle to light the others.
Remember to feel free to be creative while making your menorah. Let your child add his or her personal touch by picking out the color or pattern of the candles, or pick out a candle with a wider or thinner width to use as the Shamash, for example.
Most of all have fun! Happy Hanukkah!