making a paper menorah project craft

Create a Paper Menorah Project



A menorah is used to celebrate Hanukah in the Jewish Community. There are 9 candles with the center one used to light 8 candles for each day of Hanukah.

This project uses symmetry and a folded paper technique to create a menorah to hold painted paper candles.

Follow along with me, step-by-step in my full YouTube tutorial video…

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For this project, you’ll need:

– 12” x 12” black or colored sulphite paper

– 12” x 7”- 9” colored paper for the menorah

– 2” x 4” colored paper, painted paper or craft paper for candles

– piece of yellow paper

– white school glue

– scissors

– crayons or markers to decorate

* optional: Posca paint pens or metallic markers for design details

Download the Menorah Drawing guide by clicking on the link below. Select a design or make up your own.

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making a paper menorah step 1 symmetry fold paper

Fold colored paper in half and draw half of a menorah design on the paper with the middle candle and center of menorah along the folded side of the paper.

making a paper menorah cutting the contour line with scissors

Once satisfied with the design, cut along the CONTOUR line. Open up menorah and glue to black paper.

making a paper menorah use glue to attach to paper

Making the Candles 

paper menorah select 9 colors to use

Select 9 colors of paper scraps. Have fun with your selections. You don’t have to have a perfect selection or assortment of colored paper. Anything will do: newsprint, paper wrapping, bags, etc.

Lay the first piece of paper next to a candle holder and measure for size. Generally, the candles will be a thin rectangle about ½” x 3”. But kids can create their own to suit their artwork.

making a paper menorah decorate the candels with patterns

If you wish to decorate the candles with patterns, do before gluing to the main composition. 

making a paper menorah add glue to candels and apply to artwork

Add a thin line of glue to the back of each candle and apply to the artwork.

making a paper menorah cut out shapes for flames and glue about candels

For the flames, cut out little shapes (watch the video to see how I do it) and glue above candles. 

Need more details? 

making a paper menorah metallic marker hi-light emphasize

Sometimes it’s hard to resist adding a little more bling. If you have a metallic marker, consider adding details to the menorah or even to hi-light or emphasize the candles.

I can’t wait to see what your students have done!

What is your favorite part of this project?

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  • Heidi

    Hi Patty,
    Great Hanukah menorah lesson, great instruction. I’m doing it with many of my classes. One problem the handout shows a menorah not the hanukiah used for Hanukah. The difference the menorah has only seven places for candles whereas the hanukiah has a place for nine candles as demonstrated in your video. My students who used your reference sheet had to do theirs over, because I didn’t notice in time.

    • Hannah

      Hi Heidi, thank you for trying this lesson! There was a printing glitch, but our tech team has corrected the issues! If you follow the email prompt or go back to your original links we sent you in November the handout in the Freebie pack has nine candles in the drawing guide 🙂
      -Hannah (Team Sparkle)

  • Valerie Benguira

    So cute

  • Valerie Benguira

    Sooooooo cute and Cool

  • Loretta Irvine

    I can not get this link to work. The santa link does not work either.

    • Bethany

      Hi Lorretta!
      Did you scroll down to the banner and click ACCESS PDF. Just add your email and we’ll email you the freebie! The links are working and you should see it in your inbox after that! Enjoy!

  • Myla Ermias

    I love this!!!!!

  • Mary jo

    Wonderful art Drawing craft for my Students

  • Marlene sutton

    We’re learning more about the Jewish feasts and now planning a celebration during Hanakkah at my church.
    Shalom, Marlene

  • racheli

    Lovely idea!
    Well done that you also refer to Jewish holidays in your works.
    I really loved.
    Thank you.

  • Brenda Lush

    I am interested in seeing a video about painted and glitter paper!

  • Karen

    Love this!!!!!

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