Masking tape menorahs are a cute and easy Hanukkah craft. We make them every year. It’s a good way to talk about the symbolism of the candles, the number of nights of Hanukkah, and the shamash (the “attendant” candle that is used to light the other candles).
Making the Menorah Craft
- Masking tape
- Paper (you can use 8 1/2 by 11, but longer paper might be easier to fit all the candles in)
- yellow stamp pad or washable paint (for the flames)
- crayons or stickers (optional: to decorate the candles and the menorah)
Depending on how familiar the kids I’m doing the craft are with menorahs, I first show them a few menorahs. We talk about the longer part where the candles are, how there needs to be space for a candle for each night of Hanukkah, and the shames, which is used to light the candles. Then we make the craft.
Cut or tear a long strip of tape as the menorah base, and put that down horizontally across the paper. Then cut or tear nine smaller pieces (the candles) to site vertically on top of the base. We then decorate the candles and the base.
We talk about how the candles are placed into the menorah from right to left. But you light them from left to right (you light the current day’s candle first). So we then “light” our candles with our fingers. With my own kids, we do this on the actual nights of Hanukkah. But when we do this with a group, we “light” them all at the same time.
For another fun Hanukkah craft, check out our Paper Plate and Clothespin Menorah!