Another year passed by and we are already getting ready for Hanukkah!
Every year I'm thinking about creative, new ways to make hanukkiyot with my son and my students.
I usually get the materials in advance and try it at home with my son before bringing it to my students.
We made our 2022 hanukkiya yesterday, and I wanted to share it with you, in case you want to try it at home or in your classroom as well!
So, let me introduce you to our Air-Dry Clay Hanukkiya!
Here's what do you need:
Wooden base: https://amzn.to/3TW4l6c
Air-dry clay: https://amzn.to/3XfIeuB
Candle holders: https://amzn.to/3gmyldO
Clear glue: https://amzn.to/3OnU7KW
Step 1: Cut the wooden base (This step is optional!)
This wooden base is made of Balsa wood- which is very soft and easy to work with.
This base is 4 inches wide.
We cut it to 2.5 inches wide.
We used a pencil to mark the cutting line,
and then we used a regular kitchen knife to cut.
We used a nail buffer to file the edges.
Step 2: Painting
My son chose to use black paint, but you can choose any color.
I highly recommend to make a plan for the colors you would like to use for the candle holders, and then choose the base color accordingly.
After you finish painting, place the base in a safe place to dry, and start working on the candle holders.
Step 3: Making candle holders
Choose the air-day clay colors you would like to use. Then, work on one candle holder at a time.
Cut a small piece and form a ball in your hands.
The ball's diameter should be about 1 inch.
If you're using the same clay we used, it's a little less than 1/4 package for each ball.
** Don't forget- your shamash needs 2 balls **
When your ball is ready, put the metal candle holder piece in the middle.
Step 4: Gluing the candle holders to the base
Use clear glue to glue your candle holders to the base.
To make a kosher Hanukkiya, your shamash should be on the side or exactly in the middle (with 4 candle holders on each side).
In the picture, you can see that we used the piece we cut out in step 1 for planning and checking all the candle holders fit on the base.
I hope you'll enjoy making this Hanukkiya as much as we did!
Happy Hanukkah!! 🕎