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Chalk-Painted Manzanita Menorah

Celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, with this stunning candlelit menorah. The matte white base of this display lets its gold accents shine.

chalk painted white manzanita menorah

Photography: Ngoc Minh Ngo

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2018


We covered a manzanita branch and faux ferns with chalk paint to give them a plaster-like finish, then secured the ferns onto the branch, along with brass flower-shaped taper holders and accent leaves. We positioned the candles organically: The shammash has its place of prominence atop a bend, and a few are nestled closely together in a hollow.


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  • Manzanita branch, available at floral-supply stores

  • Faux ferns (Pictured: Ashland faux Boston fern bush, $13,

  • White chalk paint, in both liquid and spray forms (Pictured: Annie Sloan chalk paint (used throughout), in Pure White, $35 for 1 qt.,

  • Hammer and nails

  • Metal glue (Pictured: Aleene's jewelry and metal glue, $4.50 for 0.7 oz.,

  • Gold-plated cord end caps (Pictured: Satin Hamilton gold-plated cord end caps, $1.25 each,

  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks (Pictured: Krylon Chalky Finish spray paint, in Classic White, $11,

  • Candles (Pictured: Majestic Giftware Premium Collection Chanukah candles, 5", in White, $17 for 45,


  1. Brush branch and spray leaves with chalk paint; let dry.

  2. Nail brass flowers into branch, then use metal glue to attach cord end caps to center of flowers, to hold taper candles; let dry.

  3. Hot-glue chalk-painted leaves and brass leaves to branch, tucking some stems under the brass flowers; let dry.

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