In partnership with PJ Library, please join me for a virtual workshop to learn how to use upcycled wood to make this adorable Shabbat candle holder in the shape of an owl.


I created this project with inspiration from the PJ Library book, “The Shabbat Box”, written by Lesley Simpson and illustrated by Nicole in Den BoschThe story is about a boy named Ira who loses his class’s precious Shabbat Box in a snowstorm, and in the process of trying to make things right, he learns valuable lessons about creating positive outcomes.


Following Ira’s example, we will use this project to help our kids learn to use their creativity/building skills to be resourceful and make the best of situations. Our beautiful Shabbat candleholders will light the way and help us celebrate important moments like Shabbat. 


You and your child will learn basic woodworking skills to build this fun and functional eco-friendly project.  Building Kits include all of the wood pieces, nails, hardware, sandpaper, glue, paint, 1 brush, and instructions. Hammer is optional - please select from the dropdown menu.


Pre-Order: This project ships on October 30th. Join us on ZOOM for the virtual workshop! A link to a video recording of the workshop will be provided for those who are unable to attend the live Zoom on the date below. 


Zoom Workshop:

Sunday, November 8th

11:00 AM


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Click here for your complete PJ Library Shabbat Guide! 

Owl Shabbat Candle Holder

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    We do things differently.


    Maker Monkey is about so much more than arts and crafts. The toys and activities we share with our kids now will influence the way they interact with the world around them in the future. As a kid, I enjoyed building my own dollhouse with my dad in his workshop as much as I enjoyed playing with the dolls that came with it. My parents taught me an important lesson about gender-equality simply by letting me be me.


    As a female-founded building company, I am all about defying gender stereotypes and encouraging kids to explore their interests even when they are unconventional. 


    Behind every Maker Monkey project is the desire to get kids to feel the sensitivity of an artist as much as the strength of a builder without categorizing either as being exclusively masculine or exclusively feminine.


    We care deeply about the little souls we build with, which means we also need to take care of the world that they are inheriting. All Maker Monkey Building Kits are proudly handmade in Miami, FL from responsibly sourced upcycled wood and we use as little plastic as possible in our packaging. Our goal is to protect and preserve our resources while teaching our kids to do the same.

    My Mantra is: "Do good doing what you love." In other words, be yourself and take care of the people and world around you. This takes courage, creativity... and sometimes a hammer.

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