Give your eight-day celebration a special glow with one of these homemade menorahs.
Find a branch at least 16 inches long, with a raised knot (for the shamash, the candle used to light the other candles). Mark nine evenly spaced dots with a pencil, one on top of the knot; drill holes with a 3/8-inch bit. (Hole size depends on candle size.) Paint with craft paint. Let dry, and affix self-adhesive bumpers to the bottom if desired.
Use 8 small favor boxes and 1 slightly larger box. Mark the center of the inside flap of each box with pencil. Punch a hole in each flap with a screw punch. Cut nine 4-inch pieces of yellow ribbon. Fold each piece in half, and push ends through hole; hot-glue ends to flap. Attach 4 small boxes with double-sided tape. Wrap in silver ribbon, hot-gluing ends to secure. Repeat with remaining 4 small boxes. Wrap larger box in silver ribbon. Hotglue linked small boxes to either side of larger box. Fill the 8 small boxes with treats or small gifts, one for each night.
Favor boxes, in Style S, $17 for 10; in Style M, $18 for 10; both in Silver, paperpresentation.com. Screw punch, by Martha Stewart Crafts, $25, michaels.com. Luxurious 76 satin ribbon, in Tulip, 7/8", $2.25 per yd., hymanhendler.com. Grosgrain ribbon (art. 8800), 25 mm, $19.50 per yd., from Mokuba, 212-869-8900.
Cover the top halves of 8 small jars with masking tape. Using etching cream, etch bottom halves according to product directions. Remove tape. Fill jars halfway with water. Add 1/8 inch olive oil. Drop a floating wick into each jar, cork side down. Use a birthday candle in a small, narrow-necked bottle for the shamash.
Glue together 9 square wood beads, holes up. Top center bead with a second bead for the shamash. Hold together with a rubber band until glue dries. Cover top half of beads with masking tape. Paint bottom halves. Remove tape.
Wooden square beads, 1", by Martha Stewart Crafts, $6.25 for 25, craftparts.com. Craft paint, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Pool, $2, michaels.com. Celebration birthday candles, in Aquamarine, $7.50 for 12, shopsweetlulu.com.
Build a luminous menorah for the eight nights of Hanukkah using sherry glasses. Fill each vessel with about a handful of clear glass beads and stand a dripless silver menorah candle in each glass.
The ninth candle, the shammes -- the one used to light all the others -- should stand at center in a slightly larger goblet. Display in a staggered line atop a white lace cloth, blue-tipped matches at the ready.
Give your Hanukkah candles an elegant update with this a menorah composed of mini bottles clad in ribbon.
Wrap wide satin ribbon around nine decorative bottles, available from home-supply stores, and affix each with double-sided tape. Knot a second piece of thin, striped ribbon on top. Repeat with eight remaining bottles. Secure a small candle in each bottle with candle adhesive. Set the bottles on a tray, using a decorative tin box to elevate the shammes, or center candle.