As we prepare to celebrate the Festival of Lights, we’re reminded of what matters most in life. If you’re looking for a thoughtful way to spend more time with your loved ones this holiday season, why not enjoy quality time crafting? You can make this gorgeous homemade wooden menorah for a fun, cozy afternoon activity. Follow these steps to make your own DIY wooden menorah.
- 2” x 2” x 8’ piece of wood
- Circular saw
- Measuring tape or Ruler
- Spade bits (¾”)
- Coarse and Fine Sandpaper
- Lint-free cloth
- Wood stain
- Polycyclic sealer
- E6000 glue
- 9 x Copper Couplings (½” x ¼”)
- 9 x Candles
Step One: Use a circular saw to cut the wood at 16”
Step Two: Sand the edges with coarse sandpaper until smooth.
Step Three: Using a ¾” spade bit, drill 9 holes into the wood, evenly spaced at 1.75” apart and about 3/4” deep.
Step Four: Ensure that the centre hole is ½ as deep as the others to ensure the center candle will sit higher.
Step Five: Sand with medium sandpaper.
Step Six: Wipe with a lint-free cloth to remove any sawdust.
Step Seven: In a well-ventilated area, apply wood stain to the wood. No need to stain inside the holes.
Step Eight: Once it’s dry, seal the wood with 2-3 coats of a polycrylic sealer, lightly sanding between coats.
Step Nine: Use E6000 glue to adhere a copper coupling in each hole.
Step Ten: Let dry for 72 hours.
Step Eleven: Place candles in each of the copper couplings.
Step Twelve: Light a candle each night with your loved ones and enjoy this beauty on your mantle all season long!
Photos courtesy of The Craft Aisle