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Clay Menorah

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Make a nine-pronged hanukkiah from self-hardening clay.


  • Self-hardening clay
  • Ruler
  • Butter knife
  • Hanukkah candles
  • Sturdy cardboard
  • Acrylic paint and brushes


  1. On a clean work surface, roll the clay into a long cylinder with an even diameter of a little over an inch. Then, measure the cylinder and mark off 10 even lengths (about 1 1/2 inches each). Cut eight of these lengths, and leave the last two uncut (these will be the taller shammash). Cylinders may flatten when cut; gently reshape them if necessary.
  2. Using a Hanukkah candle, make a hole in one end of each cylinder, deep enough to hold a lighted candle. Again, reshape gently.
  3. On the cardboard base, line up the cylinders side by side, with the one for the shammash in the center. Gently press the sides of the cylinders together, using water to make them stick (some separation may occur when the menorah dries).
  4. To decorate the menorah, roll out a thin coil of clay to twine around the bottom or sides. Alternatively, try adding stars or other clay shapes. To help clay decorations adhere to the menorah, brush both surfaces with water before attaching.
  5. Let the finished menorah dry for two or three days, then paint it in bright colors. Then set it on a windowsill for all to admire.


The ninth candle, which stands higher than the others, is the shammash or servant candle. It is used to light the other candles (so, technically, you light two candles on the first night, three on the second night and so on). It is customary for the candles to be placed in the menorah from right to left and lit from left to right.