Scraptastic or simply crap?
Here’s why I vote for the former:
Orange juice lids are the exactly perfect right size for tealight candles. I dare you to not enjoy slipping a candle into the inner ring of an upturned Tropicana lid. Irresistible. Kids love it. (Teach them the word “frisson” while you’re at it.)
I also couldn’t resist adding to the scrap-art inventory of Hanukkah menorahs made from free materials. Crafters and teachers are always looking for ways students can make menorahs that
1) actually work
2) are easy for a child to make
3) don’t cost much
4) aren’t hideous
5) offer reasonable odds of not catching the house on fire
This one has the added advantage of being equally at home with wax candles (for places that allow flame) and battery LED candles (for dorms, hospitals and retirement facilities).
Lid: Orange Tropicana bottle lids and green Simply Juice lids are identical on the inside, and nearly identical on the outside.
Paint: I used spray paint, which may not be at the top of your list of materials to use with preschoolers, but brush-on acrylic is fine with a topcoat of sealer.
Base: Use candleholders without a base for a freeform menorah, or glue the lids to something at least as wide as themselves. A 1×3 board or a length of brick mold is just right.
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MY OTHER DIY MENORAHS at BibleBeltBalabusta made of scrap or otherwise interesting materials:
Altoids Smalls tin
Easter eggs and a ruler
V-8 engine distributor cap
Solar turkey toy
Papier-mache roast turkey
LEGO minifigs (as flames)
LEGO for human-size celebrants
LEGO for minifigure-size celebrants