This is a wonderful alternative for children and those a little too young to light real candles. It’s really easy to make and you can be as adventurous as you like! I love to hang my felt menorah wall hanging near my fireplace, it’s so effective. I hope you try making this too!
What you’ll need:
1 sq meter of cotton fabric.
5-6 colours felt fabric plus 0.95 x 0.95 m felt.
Needle and thread
Hot glue gun.
Step 1: Lay your square metre of cotton fabric down and place your 0.95 m of felt fabric on top evenly. Fold the excess cotton fabric over the felt so you you achieve an even 1.5 inch border. Start with 1 side of your square and stitch along the length. At the corner, fold over the next side and stitch along. Continue until your border is fully stitched on. With a hole punch, create two holes in the top two corners, this will make it easy to hang. I completed this with small metal rings.
For extra effect, I stitched an extra inch in to create a double border but this stage is optional.
Step 2: With a large piece of card, draw a menorah or print off one of my menorah templates, trace around the template and cut out your menorah on to a piece of contrasting felt fabric.
Step 3: Depending on your sewing skills, you can stitch your menorah on by hand with contrasting thread, as I did, or simply glue your menorah on with a hot glue gun and draw on the stitches with a white marker pen.
Step 4: For the candles, cut 9 thin rectangles in white or cream coloured felt and glue on.
Step 5: Cut out the flames in a yellow felt and then cut a smaller flame in orange and layer together and adhere with glue.
Step 6: Cut 9 rectangular flaps, enough to cover your flames. Fold the flap about 1/2 inch from the end to create a crease. On the other end, glue on a small piece of Velcro hooks. Glue your creased side above your candle, fold back and observe where the velcro meets the base and glue on a piece of velcro loops. Repeat until all your candles are covered.
Step 7: For the letters, print off my alphabet letter templates and cut out your letters. For my letters, I doubled up on felt using a dark blue felt as the base and gluing other cotton fabrics on top. The effect is fabulous!
Step 8: Finally, cut out some starts and glue them on top for extra effect.
Hang your Hanukkah Menorah Wall Hanging in your home where children can enjoy lighting their own menorah in a safe way!