How to Make a Driftwood Menorah

Driftwood is a piece of art in itself. Joy from Joy Beyond Fifty made her own menorah out of a piece of driftwood from the Hawaiian shores. How awesome is that? If you are interested in making your own, read on for step by step instructions.

Start off by taking a relaxing stroll on a beach.  Keep an eye open for a piece of driftwood that could be just the right size to hold nine menorah candles.  The piece of wood I found is approximately 24″ x 5″ x 5″.

Using a medium-fine sand paper (this was a 200 grit sandpaper), hand sand the edges, if there are any edges that are not totally smooth.

Measure your menorah candles that you will use (mine were 3/8″ in diameter).

Then measure out where your candle holes will go.  I spaced eight of my holes 1-1/4″ apart, then put the shamash (the candle used to light the other candles) hole, a little further up the wood.

Use a level to line up your drill holes if you have one.  If not, no worries, the candles are pliable enough for some drilling inaccuracies.

Holding the drill straight, drill into wood the depth you desire for each of your candle holes.  I drilled mine about 1/2″ deep.  Just try to keep the depth consistent.

Once all the holes are drilled, clean out the holes.  I used a pocket knife blade, a screwdriver tip would work too.

Place your menorah candles into each hole.  The candles we had this year are blue, but I think white candles would look amazing on the driftwood.  Next year, we’ll try white menorah candles.

How many candles are on a menorah?

There are 9 candles total for a Hanukkah menorah. One is the shamash (as you can see the candle spaced to the far right) – this is the candle used to light the other 8 candles. The 8 candles represent the 8 days and nights that the oil lasted to keep the candles lit. This was celebrated as miracle oil.

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4 Responses to How to Make a Driftwood Menorah

  1. Popo Joy December 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    Besides making memorable and functional art, decorations created from found things is environmental and budget friendly.

  2. Patricia December 3, 2015 at 7:36 am #

    It’s beautiful. I want to make a menorah for my religious school preschoolers each to paint with wood I have in the garage but just realized wood catches fire. Why are you not worried about that here? Thanks!

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  4. Salvatore December 10, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

    Just made my first menorah. From two sticks of olive tree
    And painted in alluminium paint Can t wait to light the first candle

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