Felt Menorah

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Felt Menorah
Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

One of the high points of Hanukkah is getting to light the family menorah. This holiday wall hanging features felt candles and stick-on flames, which makes it easy -- and safe -- for even very young kids to participate in the ritual.

What you'll need

  • Squares of white, blue and yellow felt
  • 2- by 1-foot piece of felt (of any contrasting color) for the banner
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Velcro
  • Wooden dowel
  • 2 1/2-foot piece of cord

How to make it

  1. Felt Menorah

    Cut nine 3 1/2- by 1 1/2-inch candles from the white felt and nine flames from the yellow felt. From the blue felt, cut eight 2-inch squares and one 3- by 2-inch rectangle for candleholders.

  2. Place the banner on a flat surface, with the long edges at the top and bottom. Glue the candleholders onto the banner along the lower edge. Space them equally apart and put the larger holder in the center for the shammash candle, which is typically used to light all the other candles.

  3. Glue on a candle above each holder. For wicks, glue one side of a I-inch Velcro strip above each candle. Glue a matching strip to the back of each flame.

  4. Fold over the top of the banner 1 1/2 inches from the edge. Glue the edge to the back of the banner and insert the dowel. Tie the cord to the ends of the dowel, and the menorah is ready to hang.

  5. On the first night of Hanukkah, "light" the shammash first and then the candle to the far right. Each night thereafter, add a new flame, always starting with the candle to the left of the one lit last.

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