The lighting of the Menorah each night during the Hanukkah holiday is a joyous occasion and a reminder of the Jewish victory over the Syrian army as well as the miracle of a day’s worth oil lasting for eight days in the temple. By creating a tree branch menorah as a family you can also celebrate the time spent together creating it.
Celebrating Nature Tree Branch Menorah
This tree branch menorah can be made with a little help from an adult.
Rectangular foam or wood board from craft store piece 2 feet long
Long, solid, sturdy tree branch from a pine tree 1 foot long
Gold, White or Silver spray paint
Any other “woodland” or natural objects you want to add to it.
Directions to make your natural tree branch menorah:
1. Spray tree branch with hair spray to kill bugs before bringing into the house.
2. Using a long, sturdy, thick tree branch drill 9 holes into the tree branch.
3. Spray paint branch with your choice of color of spray paint and let dry.
4. While the tree branch is drying create a stand for the menorah; to keep candle wax from dropping onto your surfaces, as well as to keep the menorah firmly in place. You can use a long piece of foam or wood board from the craft store, also painted to match the menorah.
5. Place the tree branch menorah on the painted foam piece and using a pencil “drill” a hole through the foam at each end of the menorah. Using a twist tie (most easily gotten from your trash bag box) twist tie the branch into place.
6. Decorate around the menorah and on the display board with your pine cones, acorns, pine needs or fake poinsettia flowers.
7. Insert candles into drilled holes of tree branch menorah, and place out of reach of children.
A variation would be to use contact paper over your foam piece instead of spray painting it, should you want a design.
One version of the tree branch menorah is available here, but no tools are needed.
Another tree branch menorah idea is available here; however, it is not a working menorah.
No matter which tree branch menorah craft you decide to make, be sure to carefully watch the burning of the candles; remove and replace them before they get to close to the branch.
This year consider skipping the store bought menorah and involve the whole family is the tradition of the menorah, by first making one together and then lighting it each night.