Hello, December! You bring with you lots of things including the official start of winter, snow, cold weather (for us in the North) and for my family, Hanukah. The anticipation of Hanukah is growing stronger each and every day in my household. My kids can’t wait to eat latkes, have many gatherings with family and friends, play dreidel, and of course open gifts. My favourite part is lighting the menorah each night. It has been since I was a child.  I remember colour coordinating the candles making sure that the menorah looked perfect before we lit it.

This year, Hanukah starts the evening of December 6 and continues for 8 straight nights. Hanukah is the festival of lights. It commemorates when a small Jewish army, called the Maccabees defeated the Greeks. After the battle, the Maccabees returned to the Temple and by luck they found one jar of oil. Instead of burning for one day it burned for 8!  It was a miracle!

I love menorahs. I love how simple or creative they can be! I have a travel menorah, and a menorah that was passed down to me from my great aunt and great uncle. As well, I have handmade menorahs that are meaningful to me because my children made them. There is something so special about it and they love being able to light their own each night.

If your child hasn’t made their own menorah before, this is a fun and easy DIY airplane menorah. It uses items that you most likely have in your house already. All of these items can be found at your local dollar store or craft supply store. Parental supervision is needed as it requires a hot glue gun.

Items needed:

  • 1 clothes pin
  • 4 popsicle sticks
  • 10, ¼’ hex nuts
  • Glitter glue
  • Jeweled stickers
  • Glue gun

Steps:

Airplane Menorah

1-     Take the clothes pin and two popsicle sticks. Using the hot glue gun, glue one popsicle stick to the top of one end. Then underneath that on the bottom of the clothes pin, glue another popsicle stick.

Airplane Menorah

2-     On the other end of the clothes pin, glue another popsicle stick to the top of that end. Then underneath, glue another popsicle stick.

Airplane Menorah

3-     Choose which end will be the front of your menorah. Take 8 of the hex nuts and glue them onto the popsicle stick.

4-     The other end will be for the shamash (the attendant candle). It needs to be raised higher than the other candles. Glue the last two hex nuts on top of each other. I placed mine in the middle of the popsicle stick but it can be placed anywhere.

Airplane Menorah

5-     Decorate! Using the glitter glue and jeweled stickers, create your menorah!

Please note that this menorah will need birthday candles instead of regular Hanukah candles.

Safety first! Make sure that the menorah is always lit in a safe place and that you place something underneath to catch the drippings.

Wishing all those who celebrate the most joyous festival of lights! I hope your Hanukah table includes this easy and fun DIY airplane menorah.


 

Renee Kaiman is a married mom to two young children, a 4 year old daughter and a 2 year old son. She is a behavioural therapist, teacher, pro shopper, expert coffee drinker and cheese lover. This past year her life has taken a turn as she has battled breast cancer. For the past 3.5 years, she has blogged about her family’s favourite products, experiences, runs giveaways and so much more! Be sure to visit My So Called Mommy Life.