How To Make A Paper Menorah - Excel Blades

Hanukkah, also known as the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins the night of December 10th and ends on Friday, December 18th of 2020 this year.  During Hanukkah, on each of the eight nights, a candle is lit on a special menorah or candelabra called ‘hanukkiyah’.  The ninth candle, which is found in the middle of the lamp is called the ‘shammash’ it is used to light the other candles each night. The menorah is one of the most familiar symbols of this holiday.  At Excel Blades we wanted to create a fun craft for every child to make his or her own decorative paper menorah.
This simple DIY Hanukkah Menorah is a great kids craft that everyone will love! You can use your paper candelabra as a beautiful centerpiece that you can reuse every year.  Since this paper craft does not involve real candles, it is a safe craft for your children to do on their own or with the family.  With materials you already have around your house, you can create this charming Hanukkah craft in no time. 

So, grab your fritters and lets get crafting!

Different Colored Papers
Cotton Swabs
Hot Glue Gun

Step 1: Take your blue paper and fold it in half lengthwise.  Take your white paper and fold it in half widthwise.
Step 2: Grab your K1 Knife and the Alumicutter Ruler.  Measure and cut the blue paper 3-inches-wide.  Continue this process until you have 4 folded flaps of 3-inch-wide blue papers.  Then, measure and cut a 3-inch-wide flap with your white paper.  You will only need 1 white paper. We chose to switch our #11 blade for our #16 Stencil Edge Blade for this process however, you can use the #11 blade or any blade you feel the most comfortable with.

Step 3: Open each flap and cut along the creased line. After your paper is cut, you will have created a card. Once complete, you should have a total of 2 white cards and 8 blue cards.

Step 4: Using one of the white cards you’ve cut in half, cut out a design to decorate your blue cards.  Grab a blue piece of paper and do the same for your white card.  We chose to cut strips of paper and waves, but you can get creative and cut different shapes of all sizes.

Step 5: Next, grab tape and roll the first blue card lengthwise into a cylinder.  Place tape on one edge of the paper and roll the paper so the opposite edges meet.  Press down on the tape so it sticks.  You have created your first candle!  Continue this process until you have 8 blue candles and 1 white candle.
Step 6: Now it is time to decorate!  Using your glue gun, glue your strips, waves, and/or shapes to your candles.  Decorate all the blue candles with the white paper and the white candle with the blue paper.
Step 7: If you have any excess paper from the strips and waves you glued to your candle, cut them off with your K1 handle.
Step 8: Next, grab your yellow and orange papers.  Cut out 9 small tear drops from your yellow paper.  Then, grab your orange paper and cut out 9 large tear drops.  We chose to switch out the #16 Stencil Edge blade for our #10 Curved Edge Blade.

Step 9: Grab your cotton swabs, glue gun and tear drops you have just created.  Using your glue gun, apply a small amount of glue to the smaller tear drop.  Take your cotton swab and glue the smaller tear drop to the swab.  Then, add glue to the opposite side of the swab and glue the larger tear drop to the back.  You have created a flame for your candle!  Continue this process for the remaining 8 swabs.
Step 10: Using your alumicutter and K6 knife, measure and mark your cardboard at 11 inches.  Cut the cardboard where you have made your marks.  Make sure the cardboard is as even as possible.
Step 11: Grab your glue gun and any colored paper you choose. Glue the paper to the cardboard.  This will be the stand for your candles.  Once you have glued down the paper, flip over the cardboard.  Cut off the excess paper.
Step 12: Place your candles on the stand with the white candle in the center.
Tip: You can glue the candles on to the stand, so they do not move.
Step 13: Add your flames to the candles when you are ready to “light” the candle for that night.  You have created your Paper Menorah!
This paper menorah for Hanukkah is a fun craft for the whole family!  Not only is this a time you can spend together, but it is the perfect time to share the story of the Jewish Festival of Lights.
We hope you enjoyed creating this beautiful Paper Menorah as much as we did!
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