Hannukah is a Jewish holiday celebrating the triumph of liberty over tyranny. One of the holiday traditions is lighting a multi-branched candlestick called a menorah. On most Hannukah menorahs there are 9 candle holders. One candle (called a shamash or helper) is used to light the other candles signifying the role we all have in spreading light to others. One candle is lit the first night, two the second night, and so on until all the candles are lit on the eighth night.
Tools & Materials
- Unfinished wood block, 8-10″ long
- (9) 3/8″ nuts
- (1) 1/2″ nut
- Acrylic paints
- Mod Podge
- Assorted decorations (foam or jewel stickers, mosaic tiles, buttons, dry pasta)
- You can buy Hannukah candles in many grocery stores in November or December.
- Paint Brushes
Decorate the wood block using paint and assorted decorations, making sure to leave one long side smooth so the block will sit flat.
Place the one large ½” nut at one end of the wood or in the middle if you prefer and glue it in place.
Glue one of the smaller 3/8” nuts on top of the ½” nut. This will be for the shamash
Now glue the other eight 3/8” nuts onto the wood in the pattern that you want (straight line, zig zag, random, etc.).