You Will Need ...
  1. Large popsicle stick or tongue depressor

  2. Hot glue

  3. 9 craft spools

  4. 9 metal hex nuts, 1/4" size (very important)

  5. 9 birthday cake candles

  6. Something for a base: a wooden block or another larger spool

  7. Decor items: ribbon, beads, rhinestones, etc. (optional)

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Step 1: 

Glue the top of your base (we're using a large craft spool) to the underside of your popsicle stick.

Step 2: 

Allow your glue to set, then flip the popsicle stick over.

Step 3: 

Starting from the center, hot glue the spools on the top of the popsicle stick to act as candle holders. Your shamash will be in the center, with four additional spools on either side. If you wish, you can use a slightly larger spool for your shamash.

Step 4: 

When you're done, your menorah-in-progress should look like this. Allow the glue to set.

Step 5: 

Hot glue one hex nut to the top of each spool, taking care not to fill the hole in the center with hot glue. Please note that it is important to use the hex nuts; not only do they serve as the perfect candle base for a small birthday candle, but they create a metal barrier between the candle and the wooden base.

Step 6: 

Once dry insert your candles.

Step 7: 

Now you're free to decorate your menorah! You can color it with markers, paint it, hot glue other decorations to it -- whatever you want!

Step 8: 

Each night of Hanukkah, light your candles and enjoy your wonderful, personalized menorah!

Age: 
School-age
Tween
Teen
Basic: 
Holiday
Craft Length: 
15 - 30 minutes
Difficulty: 
Use your noodle! (challenging; focus required)
Holiday: 
Hannukah
Prep Time: 
5 - 10 minutes
Supervision: 
1 adult per 5 children
Tips: 

1. If you're making your menorahs at an event, be sure to provide candles to your guests so that they can use their menorah as soon as they get home! Here, we've packaged them in a cellophane bag with a paper label. You will need 45 candles to cover each night of Hanukkah.
2. Any time there's flame, an adult should supervise any children. Never leave flames unattended -- always make sure that the candles have burned themselves out or been put out before leaving it unattended.
3. If you can't find super-sized popsicle sticks you can use 3 regular ones. Use one stick as the base, and glue the other two sticks end to end on top of the first stick -- it will double their length.
4. Let kids get creative in their designs! As long as you have a very solid and strong base, kids can make their menorah in levels and layers. The candles don't all have to appear in a straight line, just make sure your base is solid.

Variations: 

Here are a few decorated menorahs that I've decorated!
Remember, your candle holder can also be adjusted to work for Kwanzaa (use 7 candles) or Christmas (use 12 candles for the 12 days of Christmas) or any other festival of light that uses a candleabra.

Variation Photos: