Magazine article Sunset

Felt Flames for Hanukkah

Magazine article Sunset

Felt Flames for Hanukkah

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A great project to do with your kids

MOST CHILDREN WILL TELL YOU that their favorite part of Hanukkah--presents aside--is lighting the menorah. For older kids, it's a chance to lead the family in prayer, be the focus of attention, and play with matches at the same time. For little ones, it's a chance to, well, watch from a safe distance--or, if they're lucky, help mom or dad.

But young children needn't be left out of the fun. Thanks to designer Pat Tyler, who created this felt menorah, they can safely play a part in the ceremony, doing the honors as they reveal felt flames to mark the eight nights.

CUT AND PASTE

To make the menorah, you'll need a 12- by 18-inch piece of cardboard, about $5 worth of felt (available at most fabric stores), scissors, white glue, a small watercolor brush, and a bottle of dimensional fabric paint. Cover one side of the cardboard with a 13- by 19-inch piece of felt. Wrap the extra 1/2 inch on each side around the edge of the cardboard, and glue. (Brush on the glue to keep it from showing through the felt.)

While the glue is drying, cut an 18- by 24-inch piece of felt to cover the back of the cardboard and form the flaps that cover the flames. …

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