There is no better menorah than a homemade menorah, and a homemade menorah is special to use on Hanukkah. Making a menorah may seem intimidating, but there are many fun ways to make a menorah for your Hanukkah celebrations. This article will give you step by step instructions on making three different Hanukkah menorahs.
Polymer Clay Menorah
Making a homemade clay menorah is a fun and easy craft project for Hanukkah. For this project you will need several pieces and colors of Polymer clay, liquid polymer clay, and a knife. Start by rolling out nine medium balls of clay, and press the end of a candle into the ball to make a secure fit for the candle. Next roll out a long rectangular slap of clay about an inch thick; use the knife to cut a straight edge. Also make three small cubes of the same size, and another round ball. When making these shapes you can mix different colors for a marbled look or you can keep the clay in solid colors.
Use the knife to cut thin lines into the bottom of the balls, and line them up evenly on the rectangle. For the middle candle holder add the extra ball underneath the molded ball for height. Bake all both items separately for about 15 minutes, and allow the clay to cool. After the clay has cooled turn the long rectangle upside down so that it rests on the candleholder section. Add the three square bases in the same fashion with the knife and polymer clay, and bake again for about 10 minutes.
Wood and Paper Menorah
This homemade menorah uses cardboard tubes, a long wooden ruler, paint, glue, a soda bottle cap, and a small wooden or cardboard box. Simply start by cutting four of the tubes in half, and gluing them evenly along the ruler. Glue the longer tube in the middle and glue the soda cap into the tube so that the candle placed in it will sit higher than the others. Glue the top of the box onto the bottom of the ruler. Paint the entire thing, and you can store matches and other special items in the bottom of the box that the menorah sits on. This homemade menorah is a great craft project for Hanukkah.
Wire and Bead Menorah
For this fun Hanukkah craft you will create a homemade menorah using only wire, wire cutters, and beads. You can use wires of different widths and metals, and remember to make sure the beads you choose have big enough holes to fit on the wire.
Start by cutting nine lengths of wire about 2 feet long. String several beads onto the wire, and you can give the wire a slight twist to make the beads stay in one spot. Next hold all of the wires together and twist or and braid them together in the middle.
Allow for some length and bend the top part of the wire into the long branches of the menorah. You will have to trim the wires so that they are the same height when bent into branches, and remember to keep the middle branch higher than the rest. Loop the end of the wires so candles could rest in them.
Bend the bottom of the menorah outward from the braid in an upside down umbrella shape. You can add more beads to the ends and loop the end of the wire to secure the ends. Make sure to bend the wire so that the menorah can stand on its own and hold the weight of the candles. You can also reinforce the menorah by wrapping more layers of wire around the base menorah shape.
This homemade menorah craft is a fun Hanukkah project that you will use and cherish this holiday season. A homemade Hanukkah menorah is a special Hanukkah craft that you will enjoy for years to come.