No Hanukkah celebration would be complete without a Menorah. After all Hanukkah is also called the Festival of Lights. If you don’t have one you can easily make one with just a few inexpensive craft supplies. A Clay Menorah is one of the easiest Menorahs you can make and is sturdy and safe enough to hold lit candles. it also makes a great Hanukkah craft project to get the kids involved with.
How to Make A Clay Menorah
12″ by 3 ” piece of wood or sturdy cardboard
Self hardening clay
Blue Acrylic paint
Silver Acrylic paint
Paint brushes (medium and small)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Plastic table cover
- Knead clay until it becomes soft and pliable.
- Roll clay into a long snake shape about 1 !/2 inches in diameter and approximately 20 inches in length.
- Using the ruler mark off 8 two inch lengths of clay
- Cut apart with the knife
- If cylinders get pinched or flattened during cutting re-roll into a cylinder or snake shape.
- Insert one of the Hanukkah candles you will be using into each cylinder. Make sure its deep enough to securely hold your candle in place. Repeat with remaining 8 pieces of clay
- Place tallest clay piece in the center of the wooden or cardboard base.
- Place four of the smaller clay pieces next to each other on either side of the center clay piece.
- Gently press the sides of the clay pieces together.
- Wet with water to make them stick.
- Use some more clay to completely cover the wooden base.
- Wet with water to make sure everything sticks together.
- Use another piece of clay to make small stars or swirls to decorate your Clay Menorah with.
- Allow the Menorah and clay stars and swirls to completely dry ( usually about three days)
- Once dry paint the Menorah with the blue paint and allow to dry.
- Paint the stars and swirls with the silver paint and allow to dry.
- Hot glue the stars and swirls to your Menorah for decoration.
- Insert candles
- Place in a spot well away from anything that could potentially cause a fire or harm a small child.
- Light candles and enjoy!
The center candle is called the Shammash and is used to light the other candles. On the first night of Hanukkah you should light it and one other candle. On the second night you should use it to light two candles and so on each night until all of the candles have been lit.
I hope you enjoy this inexpensive and easy to make Clay Hanukkah Menorah and that it adds a festive touch to your Hanukkah Celebration.