I love how this homemade Hanukkah menorah turned out and for less than $25!
What is Hanukkah?
Hanukkah is Jewish holiday which last for 8 days starting on the 25th day of Kislev (usually late November or early December). This holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the year 165 BC.
Hanukkah is also called the “festival of lights”. In Hebrew Hanukkah means simply dedication.
The way it is celebrated is with a 9 brand menorah (candelabra). The center flame lights the others. One is lit on the first day, then 2 on the second day and this in turn until you light 8 on the 8th day.
Store bought menorahs can be as cheap as $10 for a really “cheap” – as in junk – and as expensive as thousands of dollars.
Our craft for today is quite easy and inexpensive.
Homemade Hanukkah Menorah: Supplies
- 1 candle holder for the center candle. I bought a cheap one from Wal-Mart which I painted with some glass paint. I made some flowers and such. ~ Cost <$4
- 8 baby food jars ~ Cost $4
- Paper doilies ~ I already had them but they cost about $8
- Oil cup wicks ~ $3
Note: I had a lot of these supplies so all I had to get was the wick, center candle holder and baby food jars.
Homemade Hanukkah Menorah: Method
- Clean your baby jars and remove the label. My kids were more than happy to help with this process.
- I cut the “lace” piece on my doilies. I only needed 3 doilies. Then I cut the doilies into 2 half circle sections.
- Brush a coat of Mod Podge on the glass and place two sections of doilies. Note: They will overlap a tad, that’s okay.
- Brush Mod Podge all over the doily pieces and the jar.
- Place upside down on a table until it dries. Note: The drying process will take a few hours.
- When dry, fill with water to 1/3.
- Pour about 1/4 inch of oil. Note: I used olive oil the first time but may use coconut oil next since it is clear.
- Place a wick and voila!
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