The menorah is an integral symbol during the eight days of Hanukkah. Many families opt for a traditional menorah, but it's not unusual for crafters to try their hand at something more unconventional.
A typical menorah consists of nine branches with four candles on each side of a center candle that sits higher. There are some clever and chic menorah tutorials we're sharing so you can make your own. We're also exploring some ways you can alter candle holder tutorials to help you create a custom DIY menorah. Some ideas will look familiar, and for some, you'll have to think outside the box.
If your household has small children and you're in search of something flameless, check out some of these kid-friendly options.
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This candle tutorial from Damask Love shows you how to make a kinara to celebrate Kwanzaa. However, as Amber mentions, this project can easily be adjusted to work for Hanukkah. Simply add two extra dowels and alter the colors to reimagine this piece.
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If you're a new mom, you might be able to relate to Menucha of Moms and Crafters. When she started her family, she looked forward to carrying on the family traditions of Hanukkah. Instead of going out and buy a menorah, she opted to use things she had around the house. Can you tell what she used? Head on over to the tutorial to find out.
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As this photo stands currently, these candles do not look like a menorah. However, if you opt to make one larger candlestick from this tutorial and eight shorter ones of equal length, then you will have a very modern and chic DIY menorah for the season.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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This menorah tutorial from Love Always, Aubrey is easy to follow and looks chic with any modern decor. If you prefer to keep your menorah more simple, skip out on the geometric pattern and paint the blocks a solid color.
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This candle holder tutorial from The Gathered Home makes a beautiful centerpiece to any table. If you want to alter this tutorial to work for Hanukkah, add enough length to fit three more candles and then stage the center with a taller candle.
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Overly practical crafters might appreciate that this tutorial could work as a menorah and all throughout the year. Craft nine individual candle holders using this tutorial. Line them up during Hanukkah and then spread them throughout the house in unique arrangements for any other time of the year.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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This tutorial can be altered just like the others mentioned here by making nine individual candle holders. This might seem like a lot, but you could always give each family member one to have throughout the year. When Hanukkah comes, have each member of the family bring their candlestick to come together to create one whole menorah.
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This menorah idea might seem completely unconventional, but the result might just be worth it. Gather up nine shot glasses and make sure one is taller than the rest. Follow this tutorial from Home Made By Carmona and then line each candle up on a wooden tray. You'll have created an instant and elegant menorah.