Who would have thought? Well, me, that's who! Because despite being a bit stressed out about the upcoming holiday and my self-appointed task of bringing more Chanukah crafts to the world, there are apparently still some good ideas patiently waiting their turn! At least this one came to light before Chanukah right? I was thinking about the two different spellings for our upcoming holiday, and about how to tell you my readers about why there are two spellings, and then I started to count the number of letters in each spelling, arriving at the amazing conclusion that no matter how you spell Chanukah, or Hanukkah, it has 8 letters, one for each night of the holiday! And the rest is history, including sending my son to the hardware store with a Hanukkah candle in his pocket to buy some nuts (as in nuts and bolts) for me!
- Alphabet blocks
- Nuts to hold your chanukah candles
- coins or metal discs (not shown in my design, but a good idea if you're going to light the candles)
- wood worker's PVA glue, or the glue of your choice
How To: Assemble your blocks, 8 blocks for the eight nights, and one for the shamash, which should be either higher or lower than the other candles. Arrange the numbers as I have, to show the direction in which we light the menorah, from right to left. Glue a coin to each block, and then the nut on top of that. Glue everything together with the wood worker's glue. Set aside to dry overnight, and use for decorative purposes.
Note: As you probably know, never leave a Chanukah menorah unattended, especially those which use small candles like the ones I've shown here. If you decide to light this menorah, I'd recommend protecting the base with aluminum foil. And a suggestion just in from a reader, which I've added to the instructions, it's wise to put a metal coin or disc under the nut for safety, and actually I think it would look great too!