One of the most important symbols of Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, is the menorah. A menorah is a 9 branch candelabra with one candle being lit each night. This Jewish tradition began in the second century and has evolved into a variety of different menorahs being created for the home. While you can certainly purchase a traditional menorah for the eight-day festival, you can also create your own for a unique touch.
Pillar Candle Menorah
Head to your local dollar store or craft store to find some inexpensive pillar candles and holders. Grab one taller holder for the middle shamash candle, which stays lit during all eight days. This can be elegantly displayed along your fireplace mantle or on a sofa table.
Wine Bottle Menorah
Take your favorite metallic spray paint and repurpose old wine bottles. Place long stick candles in them and display on a window sill or as a table centerpiece.
A few dollar store vases filled with aquarium rocks and stick candles make for an easy menorah. Look for rocks that mesh well with the color scheme in your home and place them in a noticeable spot.
This is perfect if you are traveling this holiday season and won’t be able to make it home for the Festival of Lights. Simply find an old breath mint tin and anchor small cake candles with lug nuts. The tin will double as a carrying case for your candles as well.
Paper Plate Menorah
This is the perfect way to include small children in your family tradition. Cut a paper plate in half, then cut one of the halves again. These will serve as anchors for the larger half after you make two slits on the rounded side. Have the kids paint, color or add decorative tape and use clothespins with metallic leaves for a flameless substitute.