With all the green Christmas goodies going around, I thought I'd point out this great Menorah made from steel pipes - and a few others you can make at home! This "Man-orah" from Notschlock is made from galvanized steel pipe and is indeed very sturdy looking. It's designed to fit most candelabra candles, and is also available in silver. Notschlock also makes a PVC menorah. There's also the LED Menorah posted by Rachel, which is currently tied 4-to-4 in "Hot or Not."
But for the DIY'er, here are a few you can make on your own. Visit CelebrateGreen.net for even more ideas!
Potato, gourd, apple menorah
- Choose an especially large specimen and make all your holes in one or you can use individual fruits or vegetables for each candle.
- In either case, flatten the bottom of the item to ensure it stays put.
- Use a fruit corer to make holes for candles or a drill if the surface is very hard.
- Use a scrap wood, a 12" 2x4 is fine. Clean and sand smooth. You can paint or leave it plain.
- Collect a bunch of metal washers that are large enough for your candles to fit through.
- Evenly space nine washers across the board. Once you see that they look right, glue down the first nine.
- Next, figure out how many washers you will need to build up the holder for each candle. Find the correct height by gluing washers on top of each other, then testing the height with the candle to be sure the candle is held upright by the washers. Just for fun, you might want to make each holder a different height. As long as the candles don't fall over, why not try it?
- To make the Shamash holder, add a piece of clay, another washer or any small item inside the candle holder. This will raise the candle.
- Once you have the candle holders finished, you might want to add additional embellishments such as wire, beads or other hardware.
- Using your choice of clay (including any good old-fashioned flour and salt recipe you can find on the internet), create your menorah in any way you wish. If you'd like each candle holder to be different, that's fine. If you want to roll out one long strip, then build up candle holders on top, who's to say no?
- Once again, in making the candle holders, make sure they are the right height and diameter to firmly hold candles in place.
- Dry completely, then paint with non-toxic paints. For a lovely finish, rub with beeswax.
- Collect various shapes of pasta including at least one long lasagna-like strip for the base.
- Depending on the diameter of your candles, select any pasta type from rigatoni to cannelloni to space out and glue down to the lasagna. You may need to glue one rigatoni on top of another to make the candle holder tall enough.
- Choose some of the other wonderfully creative shapes to decorate the menorah.
- Leave plain or paint.
- Gather nine water bottles.
- Remove caps and labels
- Cut pieces of foil to fit inside and over the rim of each bottle. Conform to the shape of the bottle about half way down.
- Glue bottles together in a line with the center bottle sitting higher than the rest.
- Take a piece of blue paper or paper you have colored blue or decorated any way you like and wrap it around the entire line of bottles. Glue or tape the ends.
- Use raffia or wire to tie around the paper for added decoration.
- Fill the bottles with sand.
- Add candles.