How to Make Creative Hardware Menorahs

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Lighting the menorah is the most important part of celebrating the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. It commemorates the miracle that a day's worth of oil burned for eight days. The menorah consists of nine candles. One for each night of Hanukkah and a ninth called the shamash candle, which is used to light the other candles. In this tutorial, you can learn to build a modern menorah. With a few supplies from the hardware and craft store, you and your kids can get creative and have a unique piece for Hanukkah.

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Remove Clasp

Many craft stores have an assortment of unfinished wood boxes. You can use a box in any shape. Just make sure it's seven inches wide on top for the hardware. If the box has a front metal clasp, remove it before painting.

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Paint the Box

Paint the box using any color of acrylic paint. To add a decorative touch, use a paint that has glitter already mixed in.

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Re-attach Metal Clasp

Once the paint has completely dried, re-attach the metal clasp.

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Glue First Row of Hex Nuts

The base of your menorah is made from nine 1/2-inch hex nuts. Using a hot glue gun, attach the first one to the top center of the box. Glue four additional nuts to each side.

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Glue Washers

Glue one 1/2-inch washer on top of each of the nuts.

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Build Up the Center

To start building the center of the menorah, which will hold the shamash candle, glue one more 1/2-inch nut on top of the center piece, along with another 1/2-inch washer.

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Glue Second Row of Hex Nuts

Now glue one 3/8-inch nut on top of all nine washers. This is what will hold the candles.

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Add Washers for Decoration

For a decorative touch, you can add any size of washer to the corners or along the bottom. Other decoration ideas include rhinestones, stickers and sequins.

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Storing the Candles

The best part of using a small box for your menorah is that you can store all the candles inside.


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