Hanukkah, often called the "Festival of Lights" is rich in symbolism and tradition, and has remained generally unchanged since its origins. For centuries the menorah, an nine-candle candelabra of sorts, has been the centerpiece of the Hanukkah table, representing the eight days of the holiday, as well as the shamash or center candle used to light the other eight candles.
Over the course of time the shapes and sizes of the menorah have changed to suit pretty much any price point or setting, from the very ornate to the traditional menorahs more commonly found in temples. Making a menorah is another option that can be both fun and educational for young children, as well as great way to create a centerpiece that fits your holiday table.
This upcycled menorah is made from old glass bottles that have been spruced up with a little bit of paint and a lot of light. Before the holiday season hits, rummage through your pantry for interesting bottles or scour the local flea market for anything that might be transformed into candle holder. Select bottles of similar shapes and sizes, or go for an eclectic look by mix matching, either way the outcome is sure to be stunning.
9 glass bottles (mouths should be just big enough to fit a candlestick)
White acrylic interior paint
Blue acrylic paint (or color of choice)
Step 1: Start by mixing your paint. Interior paint works well as a base since it is thinner than most craft paint and comes in larger quantities.
Step 2: Over a drop cloth pour mixed paint into a glass bottle, using just enough to coat the entire inside in a nice even layer.
Step 3: Once coated, allow bottle to sit upside down on a few sheets of newspaper to let excess paint to drain. Let sit for a few hours or so.
Step 4: To dry, turn bottle right-side-up and leave overnight. Repeat with remaining bottles and insert candlesticks. Light candles and enjoy your own private festival of lights!
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