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Golden Wooden-Block Menorah

To make this glowing menorah, brush kids' wooden blocks with the shiniest stuff at the craft store: liquid metallic paint. Just add a base of brass tubing to hold the candles, then line the blocks up loosely, stacking taller ones for the shammash.

gilded wooden blocks for a Hanukkah menorah

Photography: Kirsten Francis

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2019

materials

  • Round brass tube, 3/8 by 12 inches (K&S round brass tube, 3/8" by 12", $3, acehardware.com)

  • Tube cutter 

  • Electric drill and 3/8-inch bit

  • Geometric wooden shapes (Learning Resources Wooden Shapes, $16 for 12, amazon.com. SNS Ball Knobs, 2", $9.30 for 5, amazon.com)

  • All-purpose adhesive

  • Liquid metallic gold paint (MTN Liquid Metallic Paint, in Gold, $13 for 200 ml., dickblick.com)

  • Paintbrush

  • Menorah candles

steps

  1. Cut tube into nine 3/8-inch pieces. Using drill, make holes slightly wider than tube in center of each wooden shape. Put adhesive and a tube piece in each hole; let dry.

  2. Paint shapes gold (no need to paint bottoms); let dry. Stack and arrange as desired; add candles.

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