Doll Craft: Make a Doll Sized Menorah

Hanukkah this year is from Sunset December 8 to Sunset on December 16. Hanukkah is a celebration of light that is celebrated by people of the Jewish faith all around the world.

American Girl Rebecca Hanukkah is a celebration that commemorates a battle between the Syrian-Greeks who battled a small army, led by a man named Judah Maccabee. This battle occurred more then 2000 years ago. When the Syrian-Greeks took over the city of Jerusalem and outlawed the Jewish faith, they destroyed the Temple. When Judah Maccabee and his small army fought off the Syrian-Greeks they reclaimed the Temple and wanted to re-dedicate the Temple to God .The word Hanukkah is a Hebrew word meaning “dedication”. In order for the Jewish people to re-dedicate the Temple they needed to re-light the Temple’s holy light, known as a Menorah. The holy light was supposed to burn oil all night, however when the Temple was destroyed there was very little oil left. The lamp had only enough oil to burn for one night. However a miracle occurred and that oil lasted 8 days and 8 nights until more oil could be found or produced.

To celebrate this holiday Jewish people around the world remember this miracle by lighting a Menorah. They start by lighting the Shammash (which is the larger candle in the center of the Menorah) and using it to light the candles one by one each night over the 8 days. While the candles are being lit the family members sing a blessing.

American Girl Menorahs

If you are familiar with the American Girl doll Rebecca and her accessories from American Girl Doll you know that the American Girl company produces and sells two different styles of Menorah’s.

At the request of so many of our readers, I have created a menorah you can make for your dolls from ready made wood items from your local craft store.

Supplies needed to make Doll Size Menorah:

Menorah supplies

  • One 2inch wooden candle stick
  • 2 packages of 1 inch wooden candle cups (there are 7 in each bag you will need 9)
  • 2 wooden Popsicle sticks
  • wood or craft glue (I used a glue gun if you choose to use this have a parent supervise)
  • *optional a foam paint brush and silver paint

Step 1 – Place your popsicle sticks on top of each other and slide them so that they are long enough to hold 9 of the candle cups. Make a mark

how to make a menorah

Step 2- Glue your popsicle sticks so they overlap at the marks you made from step one.

how to make a doll menorah
Step 3- glue the cups onto the Popsicle sticks. Let them dry. If using hot glue this may be a few seconds, if using wood or craft glue this may take a few hours to dry.

how to make a doll menorah
Step 4- Glue the candle holder in the center of the Popsicle sticks. (Mine is a little off center) and let it dry.

Step 5- When your Menorah is dry you can paint it or leave it be. Mine took two coats of the silver paint. When the paint is dry add your candles. I used blue ones I bought at the store in the baking aisle; you can get yours at the dollar store as well.

Chrissa Menorah

If Hanukkah is a holiday that you and your family celebrate I hope you have a truly enjoyable celebration. Also if you are looking for more Hanukkah fun, like how to make your own Dreidel game, check out my doll sized Dreidel and game instructions post.

Karen

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Comments

  1. Pretty Irish AG says:

    Also, Karen, a good idea is to glue three or four small wooden disks to the bottom of the center.

  2. Priya says:

    What a great craft! I will definitely be making this for my dolls. :)

  3. erica w. says:

    This is so cool! My family this year is doing a mini version of Hunaka, where we aere just going to learn about it. And i want to ge the AG Hunnaka swet becuase u really liike it and i think its a ice decoraion. But instead i think i need to buy my little sister a christmas gift… Humm Candy, some stickers, wiat no stickers…
    LOL
    I forgot what i was going to type……………..
    Okay i just remember,
    My little sister riped a part of her presat and it was the perfect spot becuase it shpowed a picture of a baby doll thing. I pretty sure that it was somehting cuz you know when they put ads and stuff anyway she was so upset be cuz it wasnt a Fijit Friend! Now she thanks shes getting a baby doll. ( When rea;lly i belive its a strolller AND a fijit friend.) LOL i cant wait to see her face!!!!

  4. Hayley says:

    KANANI i is SOLD OUT :”( guess I’m sticking with addy or Molly

  5. Hayley says:

    And this is soooo cute I’m not Jewish but I’m gonna try to make this

  6. olivia says:

    I’m not Jewish but I think I will make this for Rebecca. Very creative Karen. : )

  7. Thank you Olivia!

  8. Molly says:

    If Kanani is sold out, you can go 2 a store near you!

  9. Char says:

    Or call the individual American Girl stores and talk to a Personal Shopper – they may be able to track one down.

  10. Hayley says:

    I know I just wanted everyone to know but I decided to get addy because she is one of my favorites historicals

  11. Delilah says:

    I own the newer one, the ‘gift set’ but this one is way cuter I love homemade things and love the crafts that dolldiaries make and share with us.

  12. Emily says:

    I’m TOTALLY making this! :D

    ~SuperAG101

  13. Oh, rats! I bought a small one for my son for a seasonal fine motor activity but would have loved to give him a homemade one. How creative! I will be sharing this with my readers in case they don’t want to buy one. Thanks for the easy instructions and simple project!

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