Egg Carton Menorahs
By: Hailey Biback
Age: 6 and up
Creating your own menorah is fun and easy to do. This one is made from some things you probably already have at home, like an empty egg carton and silver ribbon.
What you'll need:
- 1 large plastic egg carton
- 9 small, coloured light bulbs
- Glitter pens
- Instant tak (tacky adhesive used for sticking things together or hanging
How to make it:
- Open up your empty egg carton and cut it in half lengthwise along the spine, where the lid connects to the bottom. Save the lid to use as the base of your menorah.
- Cut out each of the individual egg cups that make up the bottom of the container so that you have ten loose pieces. (You can discard the two remaining cups). Trim them nicely so that their openings are perfect circles.
- Attach eight of the cups (with the open side facing up) in two rows of four to the base of your menorah using small pieces of Instant tak. These cups will become your candle holders.
- Take one of the two remaining cups and attach it to your menorah base inverted (so that the opening is facing down, instead of up). You’ll want to use a few extra pieces of Instant tak to make sure it’s secure.
- Once it’s on, stack the last cup on top of the inverted cup (again, using Instant tak) with the opening facing up so that it looks like the first eight cups, but is twice as high. This ninth cup will be for your Shamash, the candle traditionally used to light all the other candles.
- Decorate the base of your menorah by stapling two rows of ribbon around its perimeter and using glitter pens to add some colourful dots.
- Add small clumps of Playdough to the inside of all nine of your candle holders so that when you add your coloured light bulbs they’ll be snug and secure.
- Each night of Chanukah, add a new coloured light to your menorah by sticking the base of the light bulb into the Playdough until all eight lights, plus the Shamash, are in.
- Decorate your menorah using sliver ribbon so that the staples don’t show.
- If you can’t find a clear, plastic egg carton, use a cardboard one and paint it.
- If you are worried about the Playdough drying out, add one clump each night at the same time you add your light bulbs.
- If you have trouble finding Instant tak, use white craft glue. Just make sure to take your time and let everything dry before you start your decorations.
- Put your menorah on a table directly under a light fixture. The light will shine down on your coloured bulbs, illuminating them so that they look as though they are actually lit