Photo by Jordyn Rozensky Photography

The main idea for kids: Create colorful candleholders to welcome Shabbat.

Recommended age: 4+

Supervision: Recommended

Supplies needed:


  1. Place jars on a sheet of newspaper on a flat work surface.
  2. Shabbat is partly about rest. What colors and pictures seem Shabbat-like to you? Use the fabric markers to draw a pattern on the jars. Allow a minute or two to dry.
  3. Collect three to four handfuls of pebbles; wash and dry them.
  4. Place a pea-sized amount of sticky wax adhesive on the bottom of each candle.
  5. Attach the candles to the bottoms of the jars.
  6. Pour the pebbles around the base of your candles. Visit for instructions and information about Shabbat rituals, including the candle-lighting blessing.

NOTE: An adult should always supervise the lighting of the Shabbat candles and make sure the candles are securely mounted in the jars. As a safety precaution, we recommend placing a large sheet of foil or a baking sheet underneath the candles.

This project was originally featured in’s Shabbat of the Month Club program.

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