Friday, November 30, 2012

An Electric Menorah for Children

You may have seen the the electric tealight candles that have been around in stores for a few years now. They are a great alternative to wax candles when you don't want real fire or when children are involved. I decided to use them in an electric menorah that the kids love to light for the eights nights of Chanukah in the front window.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 PHOTO: CURT HENDERSON
It was easy and inexpensive to make. I started out with these wood pieces that I found in bins at Michael's crafts.
The best part was there was nothing to cut--I simply glued everything together, then painted it with some silver spray paint.

For the candles, I used plastic hair rollers and the flame-less tea lights.
The tea lights just happen to fit perfectly on the tops of the hair rollers!

I covered each roller with paper in various shades of blues and violets.

Moussia and Yosef love to light the candles each night since the flames do not get hot and are safe for children. Each one has it's own tiny battery and stays lit for hours.

Chanukah is only a little more than one week away so now's the time to start this project!

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  1. gorgeous! great idea..not got any hair rollers but may need to come up with something similar. Your kids faces are so cute!!!

    1. Thank you Doda--I don't use hair rollers myself but picked them up at the drug store!

  2. I imagine that toilet paper rolls might work too? And just riffing on this, one could also use patterned scrapbooking paper. ZGallerie also has the electric tealights in gold and silver which are beautiful.

    1. Great ideas! I did consider using patterned paper but went with the solid instead. We don't have a ZGallerie close to where I live but the gold and silver tealights sound beautiful!

  3. From safety point of view electric menorah are the best. It will protect kids from fire and burning. I think this is wonderful to see this kind of electric menorah designs.

  4. This is so cool! Who would have thought to use hair rollers? Not me. But that's sort of genius.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Dare to DIY! It'd be great if you could link back to one of the hosts.

  5. How creative. The kids look like the love it!! Thanks for joining the Dare to DIY!


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