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Menorah Backdrop for Hanukkah

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If you're Jewish and have a preschoolers, I'll bet your closet contains a felt menorah, wood-plank menorah, tissue box menorah … what I'm saying is you really don't need another handcrafter menorah, no matter how lovingly created. But you little Maccabee to work making a menorah backdrop instead, using foil to create a punched tin effect. I did a similar one as a kid, and my mo still shows it off at each Hanukkah.

You'll need:

  • Ruler, pencil
  • Havy corrugated cardboard (use old boxes), enough for three squares large enough to stand taller than your menroah candles (we used 12-inch squares).
  • Utility knife
  • Duct tape, scissors
  • Alumninum foil (use 18-inch if your squares are larger than 11 inches)
  • Clear tape

Instructions

  1. Measure and mark the three squares on the cardboard. On two of the squares, draw a line starting halfway up the left edge to the upper right corner to form the side pieces (as seen in picture). Use a utility knife on a safe cutting board to cut out all three pieces.
  2. Join the cardboard piece together with duct tape on front and back, leaving a ¼-inch space between the pieces so the tape forms a seal that bends.
  3. Cut a sheet of foil the length of the backdrop plus a few extra inches on each end. Fold foil around the cardboard, shiny side out and tape on the back with clear tape, like you're wrapping a present.
  4. Use a pencil to poke designs through the foil and cardboard (lift tip straight up to avoid rips). If you want to make a certain shape or write a name, lightly sketch it with a pencil first. Don't poke too close to the edges or the tape seams.
  5. Set up the backdrop in triptych form so that it stands by itself. When you light the menorah, it will reflect the candle glow. Happy Hanukkah!

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