Let’s take a look at what we have made so far.. a lovely Shabbat Box and a beautiful challah cover! Now we finish what our Shabbat Box needs by making candlesticks,a kiddush cup, and challah.

What is a Shabbat Box? The idea is from a story by Lesley Simpson called “The Shabbat Box” about a boy named Ira, who has waited fourteen long weeks for his turn to take home the special Shabbat Box from school. Nothing is going to stop him, not even a bad snowstorm he has to walk through. When Ira finally gets home, he reaches into his backpack for the box but it is gone! What can Ira do? Suddenly, an old shoe box gives him an idea…

Ira makes his own Shabbat Box and that is what we are doing too! What will be in our Shabbat Box? A challah cover, candlesticks, Kiddush cup, and challah.

Today we make candles and candlesticks…

Candles and Candlesticks


2 cardboard toilet paper rolls

2 paper cups

Aluminum foil

Tissue paper or crepe paper

Markers, crayons, stickers, glitter glue, etc.

How to:

  • Candles – Take the toilet paper rolls and decorate using markers, crayons, stickers, glitter glue, ribbon, etc. Any color and any designs. Use some tissue paper or crepe paper for the flames.
  • Candlestick Holders – Take the two paper cups and cut a hole in the bottom of each cup the diameter of the toilet paper roll so that the roll can rest in the hole just like putting a real candle into a candlestick holder. Cover the outside of each cup with aluminum foil. Our candlesticks will look like silver!

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The next part of our Shabbat Box art project is to make a kiddush cup and challah. Until then, please stay safe and healthy!