It's nearly Chanukah and time to think about making a natural chanukiah or menorah. There are many, many ways to do use. Follow the
directions below, or come up with your own idea. If you email us pictures of your homemade, natural chanukiot, we'll post them next month on this website.
To make this menorah, take a walk outside and find small tree limb or branch with an interesting shape. The branch should be between 12" and 24" in
length and about an inch in thickness. If you want, you can peel off the bark or leave it for a more "woodsy" look. Set the stick on a flat surface to make sure it will be sturdy and steady once it has
lit candles in it. Now, take clumps of clay (which you can purchase in any craft store or Wal-Mart) and shape into holders for the Chanukah candles.
Purchase the type of clay that remains pliable and will not harden. Shmush the clumps of clay onto the stick before shaping. Use eight pieces of clay for each candle and an extra large hunk for the shamesh. If you want, paint your chanukiah.