DIY 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
Photo: Kirsten Francis

What You'll Need


  • Round brass tube, 3/8 by 12 inches (K&S round brass tube, 3/8" by 12")
  • Tube cutter
  • Electric drill and 3/8-inch bit
  • Geometric wooden shapes (Learning Resources Wooden Shapes)
  • All-purpose adhesive
  • Liquid metallic gold paint (MTN Liquid Metallic Paint, in Gold)
  • Paintbrush
  • Menorah candles


  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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