How to Make a Clay Lolly Stick Menorah

You can make a clay menorah just like Sadie does in the story, Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah. Lolly stick candles result in a safe, flame-free menorah project. Just be careful not to drop it!

This Activity Works With These Books:


  • Air-dry clay (available at art-supply stores)
  • Small bowl of water
  • 9 lolly sticks (one for each night of Chanukah, plus the shammash)
  • Acrylic paints


  • Cover your work surface with a plastic tablecloth.
  • Shape the clay however you like. Use water to smooth out cracks and help bind pieces of clay together.
  • Use a lolly stick to create holes for the “candles.”
  • Put the shammash on a slightly higher piece of the menorah.
  • Paint the lolly sticks to look like colorful candles with yellow flames at the top.
  • When your menorah has dried, you can paint it, too.
  • Add another “candle” to your menorah on each night of the holiday. Don’t forget the shammash! Happy Chanukah!


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