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How to make a tot-friendly menorah for Chanukah

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Every Friday my children light the Shabbat candles. My 10 year old handles the matches skillfully, while my 3 year old daughter gets help from my husband (much to her disliking).

And because she wants to be just like her older brother, doing everything he does without help from mommy and daddy, it's going to be a real challenge come Chanukah this year. My husband and I will wrestle to hold her hand so she doesn't burn the house down or worse, herself.

So. what is a parent to do when faced with the dilemma of keeping one's toddler safe when handling fire, while still allowing her some independence?

I've been obsessed with�making these luminaries�With a few recycled materials, some Mod Podge and LED tea lights you too can create a tot-safe menorah just in time for the Festival of Lights!�

And if you don't need a tot-safe menorah how about some cool�Star of David luminaries made the same way with a few simple variations?
 
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Step 1: Gather materials

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 To make a tot-friendly menorah you'll need:

8 recycled glass jars all the same size
1 recycled glass jar that's taller than all the rest
Mod Podge (I used a glossy finish for extra shine)
Paint brush
Tissue paper recycled from last year's Chanukah gifts (I used white, blue and yellow)
Scissors
Newspaper
Iron


Step 2: A couple more things to be gathered

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Don't forget to also gather:

LED tea lights
Optional number stickers (I didn't have any so I used my trusty label maker. I also used it to label the shamash candle)

One last requirement, lots of funky Chanukah tunes to really get things shaking!

Step 3: Protect your space

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 Spread out some newspaper on your work space to protect it from the gooey Mod Podge.

Step 4: Iron things out

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If you are using tissue paper recycled from a gift bag you'll want to flatten out the wrinkles. To do this you'll want to set your iron on low heat and press away. Works like a charm!

Step 5: Cut it up

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Cut up a bunch of small squares and rectangles from your freshly flattened recycled white tissue paper.
This is a great craft to do with the kids! We have used these led tea-lights in the past for our 6' outdoor menorah. I have a 10 month old and a 30 month old, this got me thinking that you could also use large baby food jars.
do you celebrate chanukah?
My grandmother calibrates EVERY THING.
whenwen (author)  RocketPenguin5 years ago
 Yes we do. 
thats nice

Mplinnc4 years ago
it's safe until you burn your finger off.
Those are LED tea lights--so no real flame = no burns = no worries! See?
oh! Sorry I did not read the howl thang 2.
Ward_Nox5 years ago
thats a good idea could use it for and advent wreath
whenwen (author)  Ward_Nox5 years ago
 So true! Thanks for the tip and comment!
bruno130695 years ago
Great project! Shalom and Happy Chanukah!
whenwen (author)  bruno130695 years ago
 Thanks for commenting! Happy Chanukah to you as well!
You are more than welcome, but I celebrate the Winter Solstice.
It's all good. ;-)
leeski5 years ago
 great idea.  I've got two little ones 4 yrs old and 2 yrs old, this will be a project that will be used for 8 nights of fun and even better will be aSAFE alternative!
whenwen (author)  leeski5 years ago
 Thanks for the comment! My daughter can't help being drawn to shiny things si it's a matter of time until she burns a digit on a flame. I'm hoping our LED menorah will prevent that a few more years. 

Happy Chanukah to you and your family!
Icetigris5 years ago
Dawww, that's adorable! Also a good idea for those of us who aren't allowed to have candles in our living spaces (university housing). I may have to do something like this. Happy Chanukka :D
whenwen (author)  Icetigris5 years ago
 Thanks! What an awesome idea about using this in flame-free spaces! Happy Chanukah !
capricorn5 years ago
 Simple, easy and effective.

You wrote a good 'ible my friend and have a lovely family.

Happy holidays :)
whenwen (author)  capricorn5 years ago
 Thank you. Thank you very much! Happy Holidays to you too!