Monday, July 2, 2007

Personalized under-candle trays

We use a lot of these: One for each family member under the hanukah menorah, one for Passover (that says "Zman Cheirutainu"), some for regular shabbat candles, etc.

These also make great hostess gifts.

To make:

  1. Print the saying that you wish to paint on a page, in a very simple font. Larger fonts are easier to paint than smaller ones.

  2. Take a glass cutting board ($4 at major big-box stores) and remove the little rubber feet.

  3. Paint the glass cutting board with thermo-hardening porcelain paint, using the printed paper underneath the glass as a guide for letter sizing.

  4. Let the paint dry overnight.

  5. Bake the tray, according to the paint instructions (usually 300 degrees F for an hour).

  6. When the tray cools, add back the little rubber feet, if desired.

  7. Tray should now be dishwasher safe.

This picture is from chanukah 2004, showing the kids' individual under-candle trays in use.

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Orthonomics said...

What a fantastic project. I think we will have to try a "group" tray for Channukah since we only light one menorah on Channukah. Thanks for sharing.

The Babka Nosher said...

What an amazing idea! Despite my lack of craftiness, I may have to try this!

orieyenta said...

This is such a WONDERFUL idea. Our education committee at our shul is always trying to come up with new ideas for the kids - this will be perfect. THANK YOU!

Juggling Frogs said...

That's great! I'm glad for all of the ideas for quick applications.


Even though Chanuka is far away, it is a quick and easy Summer project.

Babka Nosher,

If *I* can do it, surely anyone can. Following the paper under the clear glass is so easy, it feels like cheating.


That's fantastic!

A tray from Wal-mart would be much cheaper than the class 'Judaica' kits, and you can buy just the quantity you need.

I'd love to hear how it works out for the class.

Anonymous said...

I love this idea! And I love it for Sukkos- because it gives a somewhat sturdier base for the candles to be on outside instead of just on the flimsy outdoor table with plastic flyaway tablecovers on top :)

Shelli said...

SO much nicer than the wax splattered tin foil on our table!

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