I had a little bit of Christmas envy yesterday when I Can Teach My Child posted the felt christmas tree she made for her kids. The idea is to cut a large piece of green felt into a christmas tree, pin it to your wall and then make felt ornaments that your child can stick to the tree. Click HERE to see her felt tree. After thinking about it for a minute, I realized I could do this just as easily and make it into a Menorah with felt candles for each night!
Since I didn’t want to make another trip to the craft store, I decided to use the felt I had left over from my felt garland. I used 3 standard 9×12 sheets of blue felt (taped together) for the candle branch area and one more cut in half for the neck and base of the menorah. For the candles I cut pieces of 9×12 white felt into 3″ sections. I spread them out evenly and cut notches in the blue felt between the candles to create 8 branches and the Shamash (the ninth candle in the middle). I also cut the 8 branches down about a half inch so the Shamash would be the tallest. Then hot-glued flames and numbers to the candles for each night. Instead of using push-pins to hang it on the wall, I used painters tape (between menorah and wall) and it worked like a charm! I was worried about my little men pulling out the push-pins and stabbing themselves. And with two boys, if it can happen, it will happen.