In DIY Crafts, Seasonal

Last week I posted the menorah I made for my mother-in-law.  I really enjoyed working on it, but it took a long time to make.  While I was putting it together, I had an idea to use picture frames to make a much cheaper and easier version.  I went to the store and bought some frames, found some scrap wood laying around, and came up with this DIY Hanukkah menorah.

Supply List: 

  • ½ x 4 in craft board
  • ½ x 2in craft board
  • 2- 5×7 picture frames (Make sure they are made from wood or particle board)
  • Menorah candle holders (
  • Paint (I used metallic blue, metallic silver, and gloss enamel  spray paint)
  • Super glue

Cut List: 

(***Note: dimensions will change based on the size of the picture frame used)

½ x 4 in craft board:

  • 1 @  6-1/2 in

½ x 2 in craft board:

  • 1 @ 10 in
  • 1 @ 6-1/2

Picture Frames:

  • Cut along corners to make 2 V’s from each frame (See Step 1)

Tools Needed: 

  • Nail gun
  • Miter Saw

Project Plan: 

Step 1:

Cut frames near the corners to make V’s.  Make 2 V’s per frame.

Step 2:

Tape the four V’s together and make one cut on a miter saw or table (See below).  The front or the back of the frame can be used for the menorah face.

Step 3:

Make base for the menorah (dimensions will change based on the size of the picture frame used).   First, attach the 10 in ½ x 2 board to the top of the 6-1/2 in ½ x 4 in board.  Second, attach the 6-1/2 in ½ x 2 in piece to the bottom.  Use a nail gun with brad nails to attach all these pieces.

Check to make sure it fits together before you paint it.

Step 4: 

Paint all the pieces separately.

Step 5:

Attach picture frame arms to the menorah base using super glue.

Step 6: 

Attach candle holders to top of menorah.

I ended up making a few of these frame menorahs last year, and I gave them to family as gifts.  I have an order this year from my daughter for a pink menorah.  It will not be ready for Hanukkah this year, but I’m sure it will be unique.

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