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Build Your Own Olive Oil Hanukkiah

A hanukkiah is a candelabra that holds nine candles. With the right materials, you can make your own!


Eight candles represent the eight nights of Hanukkah. The ninth candle is called the shamash. It is used to light the other candles. The shamash is made to stand out by not being placed at the same height or in the same line as the other candles.


  • 10 clean baby food glass jars

  • Olive oil

  • Floating wicks 



Fill 9 jars halfway with water. 

Step 2

Pour ½ inch of olive oil in each jar. 

Step 3

Place the floating wick on top of the oil. 

Step 4

Arrange 8 jars in a row. 

Step 5

Place the 9th jar on top of the empty jar to double its height. This is your shamash

Step 6

Light the shamash wick with a match. 

Step 7

Use the shamash to light the olive oil candles. 

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