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Hanukkah, Hanukkah, Come MAKE a Menorah

December 20, 2011

Hanukkah, Hanukkah, come light the menorah … or in this case, make one!

Hanukkah – the Festival of Lights – begins tonight at sundown. Sophie I started celebrating a few days early by making our own paper menorah out of – wait for it – toilet paper rolls. I was inspired by a similar idea from the Creative Jewish Mom blog. I varied things slightly, but here’s what we ultimately made.

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

The first thing we did was cut out nine candle flames from the felt. I gave Sophie the important task of putting glue on each flame and dousing them with glitter. Have I mentioned there is glitter all over my house?

Next, get your toilet paper and paper towel rolls ready.

Cut a candle pattern with one of the rolls, like this.

I then proceeded to use this pattern to make candles out of the remaining toilet paper rolls. I did the same with the shamash, but made it taller since it is the most important candle that lights the others. I took it a step further and used the patter on blue and white construction paper to glue over the toilet paper candles. You don’t have to do this. But I liked the blue and white.

By the way, I had to do most of this cutting work. But if you have kids who are slightly older than Sophie and can follow a pattern with scissors, by all means, have them do it!

Once the candles were ready, we used a glue gun to affix the flames. Sophie helped with this part as well. She’s good with the glue gun.

Once that final task was complete, we lined up our menorah candles to admire our Hanukkah craft.

I like this picture because of the sun shining off Sophie’s hair and my golden boy, Romeo, in the background. He looks so regal.

So there you have it — a fun Hanukkah craft for one of the eight crazy nights! Happy Hanukkah!


35 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2011 3:23 am

    How very clever! Sophie looks like she’s having so much fun making the menorah. It’s so heartwarming to see how you’re able to instill a love of Judaism into her life, in such simple ways. Happy Hanukkah!

  2. December 20, 2011 3:51 am

    Loved her little smile peeking out from behind all her hard work. Super cute… Happy Hanukkah Leah!!

  3. December 20, 2011 4:05 am

    What a fun project — with a beautiful outcome!! Tell Sophie it’s the most beautiful menorah I’ve ever seen! And I absolutely love the picture of her peeking out from behind it! Happy Hanukkah, Leah & Sophie!

  4. December 20, 2011 4:07 am

    Another adorable craft project with Sophie starring in the photos. Love the Hoopla idea (and challenge!). I’m having the crowd here 12/25 for latkes galore- I make them with all sorts of root veggies as well as the traditional ones. Happy Hanukkah!

  5. December 20, 2011 4:44 am

    My son has made soooo many menorahs over the years, but I’ve never seen this project before! Your daughter is beautiful, and I’m sure that playing with toilet paper innards got her very excited for Hanukkah! 😉

    Obviously, no prize for me – since I’m the meshuganuh who helped put this together. 🙂 I hope your night is warm and bright and filled with delight. And oil!

  6. December 20, 2011 4:55 am

    So cute & looks easy & fun!!

  7. December 20, 2011 5:04 am

    I’m over from Renee’s…This is great and it looks like the two or you enjoyed yourself! Wonderful.

  8. December 20, 2011 5:14 am

    What an absolutely adorable craft and your photos are pure lovely!

  9. December 20, 2011 6:16 am

    Very cute project! And while Sophie always steals the show, it’s nice to see Romeo too. He’s so beautiful! Happy Hanukkah!

  10. December 20, 2011 6:30 am

    Love this! But glitter….OY VEY!!! 🙂

  11. December 20, 2011 7:30 am

    And the humble TP roll becomes a thing of beauty…I love it!
    Happy Hanukkah!

  12. December 20, 2011 7:43 am

    Sophie is adorable. I love how much creativity you put into the projects you do together. She’s a lucky girl.

  13. December 20, 2011 7:54 am

    Very cute – the project and your daughter. And what a lovely way to share the spirit of Hanukkah!

  14. December 20, 2011 8:07 am

    This menorah looks amazing! Happy Hanukkah!

  15. December 20, 2011 8:40 am

    I’m going to have to give this a shot with my little one next year! I love those final pictures so much, BTW. Such love.

  16. December 20, 2011 9:32 am

    Leah, these photos just embody how much fun Sophie is having making the menorah! I think when she’s older she’ll look back and smile at how much fun she had with her mom and dad! A lovely project that is both meaningful and instructive. I love it! 🙂

  17. Meghan permalink
    December 20, 2011 10:37 am

    One of the things that I think I’m going to enjoy best about the Hanukkah Hoopla is getting introduced to Jewish bloggers I’ve never read before – thanks for joining the fun. I have two little guys that would enjoy this craft!

  18. December 20, 2011 1:12 pm

    So impressed! Not only with your craftiness, but that you let glitter in the house. I’m WAY to anal for that.

    No prize necessary! Can’t wait to see who wins though! Happy Hanukkah!

  19. December 20, 2011 5:00 pm

    What a lucky little girl to have such a crafty mom!

  20. December 20, 2011 7:13 pm

    Leah, you are an amazing mother! Sophie is a lucky little girl!

  21. dave permalink
    December 20, 2011 8:17 pm

    such a great project!

  22. December 20, 2011 9:19 pm

    Happy Hanukkah! What a great way to get Sophie involved in the festival of lights – the menorah is delightful!

  23. December 21, 2011 7:53 am

    Sophie is SO cute and Happy Hanukkah!!

  24. December 21, 2011 11:22 am

    Your daughter is so cute, making her candles. And I see you have the purple glue — isn’t that stuff the best? We used it just this morning to make cards for the grandparents. Nothing like last minute! I love the pictures of Sophie smiling at her creation — she is rightfully proud. What a great project!

  25. December 21, 2011 12:42 pm

    I always feel like I learn so much whenever I visit your blog, Leah! Thank you for another great craft idea; it looks like so much fun–probably because it involves a hot glue gun, which always intrigues me and leaves my fingers a sticky, burned mess.

  26. December 21, 2011 5:10 pm

    This is such a sweet post. I can’t wait until my boys are big enough to do something like this. I must admit, I have some fears about them and glue guns…though Sophie does like right at home and there’s no sign of mischievousness to be seen.

    Beautiful pictures, and happy Chanukah!

  27. December 21, 2011 7:27 pm

    Like Nina, I cannot imagine letting my 3-year-old loose with the glitter, but I’m definitely storing this craft project for another year. This is such a great idea! Thanks! {No prize necessary… good luck to all the commenters!}

  28. December 26, 2011 7:40 pm

    Glitter? You’re a brave woman.

  29. September 23, 2015 10:48 am


    My name is Heather and I am the editorial coordinator for Disney’s We would like to consider including your craft in a piece on our site and were hoping you’d give us permission to use your image.

    We will link out to your site of course!




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