Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is just around the corner! During these 8 nights, Hanukkah is celebrated with special prayers and blessings, fried foods, and of course, the nightly menorah lighting. Many families who celebrate Hanukkah like to adorn their homes with decorative replicas of the menorah. It’s in that spirit that we’ve created a magnetic DIY menorah to display on your refrigerator, for the entire family to enjoy.

There are 9 candles on a menorah. The middle candle, called the shamash, is used to light the remaining 8 candles. On the first night, one candle is lit, with an additional candle added each night until all 8 candles are kindled. Keep reading to find out the supplies you’ll need and the steps to make this special holiday craft.

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • 12-inch wood board.
  • 8 small and short metal cylinders (4 in. tall)  and 1 small cylinder (6 in. tall).
  • Blue and white paint for cylinders.
  • Any color wood stain.
  • Sandpaper.
  • Air-dry clay.
  • Yellow paint for clay.
  • ¼” x ⅛” Disc Magnets.
  • Hot glue.

Instructions for Your DIY Menorah:

  1. Sand your wood board with the sandpaper. Make sure all rough edges are smooth.
  2. Stain the wood board with the color of your choice.
  3. While the wood board is drying, paint the metal cylinders. Paint the 8 shorter cylinders blue and the taller cylinder white.
  4. After the wood is stained and the cylinders are painted, roll out the air-dry clay on a flat, smooth surface. Either use a cookie cutter in the shape of a flame, or use a precision knife to cut out 9 flames from the clay.
  5. Let the wood board, cylinders, and clay dry overnight.
  6. Once dried and hardened, paint the clay flames yellow. Let paint dry.
  7. Use the hot glue gun to glue flames to the top of each cylinder.
  8. Measure and mark 9 dots on the wood board. Make sure the middle dot is higher than the 8 on either side of it.
  9. Hot glue a magnet on each of the dots. Let dry.
  10. On the first night of Hanukkah, stick a cylinder on the first magnet. Each night, add a new “candle” until all 8 (plus the shamash candle) is on the wood board.

This is a great project to do with the entire family and to help you teach the importance and process of Hanukkah. Happy crafting and Happy Hanukkah!

For more DIY magnetic crafts, check out our blog.