Menorah Craft Project

We made this keepsake on the last night of Hannukkah last year. As a fairly new family, making this took all three of us, including our four month old, and was such a fun way to introduce our daughter to Jewish culture!

Materials Needed

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch (or tapioca starch)
  • 1 1/4 cups cool water
  • Infant, toddler or child (!)

Directions

  1. Add powdered ingredients and water to a pot
  2. Place pot on stove at medium heat
  3. Stir mixture until it thickens. It's done when it becomes a ball.
  4. At this point, turn it over into a bowl, cover with a damp paper towel, and let cool
  5. Let it cool until it's not hot to the touch anymore!
  6. Knead until smooth
  7. Roll out to about 1/4 inch thick (feel free to add more cornstarch if it's a bit sticky) - leave it on parchment or wax paper
  8. Split the dough into two halves and shape each into a semi-circle. Join them back to back to make a large hour glass form. Be sure to leave a wide enough spot between the top and bottom sections. Form a Hannukah menorah leaving enough space to place the baby’s hands and feet. Cut about an inch down between ‘candle’ tops. The baby’s fingers will be the candles later. Use the cut out dough to make candle flames. You can also use leftover dough for bands/labels/whatever you want!
  9. Here comes the fun part! Placing the baby’s hands and feet takes two people while the ornament is flat on the table. As one person holds the baby, the other will place one hand and then one foot at a time as follows: Push the hand firmly into the dough and then pull it up. Repeat with the other hand, and each foot. We placed the hands under the candles with each finger approximately under each candle of the menorah, and the thumbs meeting at the center candle (the shamash), and the feet at the base, holding the whole thing up.
  10. Write the year and First Hannukah with a butter knife into the dough. A toothpick will work, too. Be sure to write after the prints are made to avoid squishing the letters.
  11. Let it cool until it hardens. This took a few days, flipping it over very carefully once or twice a day. You'll know when it's done
  12. Decorate however you want! We used sharpie and markers. You can also use paint, glitter, etc.