Last year I saw this cool copper and wood candle holder on Pinterest and thought to myself, “that would make a cool menorah”. I showed it to my husband and the next day he came back with all the components needed to made a crazy copper menorah! What a sweetheart!
Unfortunately by the time I got around to making it, Hanukkah was essentially over and I never ended up posting about it.
As I pulled out the Hanukkah decorations this year, I found all the pieces of the menorah and decided to try again. Though it ended up a bit wonky, I swear it looks better in real life then in these pictures. The warm copper contrasts nicely with the light wood and the whole thing glows when the candles are lit.
- 1-2 wood dowels cut into 18 pieces about 2.5 inches long.
- 17 copper t-joints
- 3 copper flat joints
Start by putting a wood dowel into the top of a t-joint and the side of the t-joint. Then both dowels connect to another t-joint. The shamash candle holder is made by adding one of the flat copper pieces to the top of a dowel. This will hold the candle higher than the rest of the menorah.
I found the easiest way for it to stand up was to zig-zag the places where the joints met as seen above. I’m not sure how kosher this is for a menorah, but the effect is pretty cool!
I found the best candles to use are the Shabbat candles that can be found in most American grocery stores. I had to shave the bottoms off just a bit for them to fit and then they held beautifully!