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Paper Cup Menorah | Preschool Crafts for Kids

Paper Cup Menorah

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

This simple, non flammable menorah makes it a cinch for little ones, or bubbelahs as they say in Yiddish, to light their own candles during the Hanukkah holiday.


  • Yellow and orange tempera paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 9 flat wooden craft spoons
  • Craft knife
  • 14 9-ounce paper cups


Paper Cup Menorah - Step 1

1. Have your child paint the wider ends of the wooden craft spoons (fronts and backs) to resemble yellow-orange flames.

2. Meanwhile, use the craft knife to cut a 3/4-inch slit in the bottoms of nine of the paper cups (a parent's job).

3. Cut the bottoms out of the remaining five cups and stack them rims down.

4. Line up the 9 cups in a horizontal row, placing the middle one atop the stack of 5. When it's time, your child can light the menorah by inserting the bottoms of the wooden flames in the holes in the candles.