A Menorah You Can Make in One Afternoon


photo: Leah Singer

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Hanukkah, Hanukkah, come light the menorah…or in this case, make one! We went ahead and started the celebration, with a craft that uses toilet paper rolls. Total win.

Here’s what you need:

9 toilet paper rolls (1 for the pattern and 8 for the candles)
1 paper towel roll (for the shamash)
blue and white construction paper
yellow felt or construction paper
gold glitter
glue gun

Here’s how to make it:

Cut out nine candle flames from the felt. Give your kids the important task of putting glue on each flame and dousing them with glitter. Messy, but fun!


Next, get your toilet paper and paper towel rolls ready. Cut a candle pattern with one of the rolls, like this.


Proceed to use this pattern to make candles out of the remaining toilet paper rolls. Do same with the shamash, but make it taller since it is the most important candle that lights the others. You can even go one step further and use the pattern on the blue and white construction paper to glue over the toilet paper candles.

If you have kids who are slightly older and can follow a pattern with scissors, by all means, have them do it! Once the candles were ready, use a glue gun to affix the flames.


Once the final task is complete, line up your menorah candles to admire your work. So there you have it—a fun Hanukkah craft for one of the eight crazy nights! Happy Hanukkah!

—Leah Singer



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Leah Singer is a freelance writer who writes for Scary Mommy, Babble, The Huffington Post, BlogHer, and other publications. She blogs at Leah’s Thoughts, where she shares stories about the everyday nuances of life in San Diego as a mom (daughter + pets), bookworm, foodie, photo taker, and an introvert.


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