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.
- 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 (www.1-800-dreidel.com)
- Paint (I used metallic blue, metallic silver, and gloss enamel spray paint)
- Super glue
(***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
- Cut along corners to make 2 V’s from each frame (See Step 1)
- Nail gun
- Miter Saw
Cut frames near the corners to make V’s. Make 2 V’s per frame.
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.
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.
Paint all the pieces separately.
Attach picture frame arms to the menorah base using super glue.
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.