How to Make Your Own Menorah for Hanukkah

There are a million ways to make a menorah, but this one has become a fast favorite. All you need is a few cans of spray paint, a handful of washers and a bunch of PVC. Let’s get stacking!

DIY Menorah

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • 28 pieces of pre-cut PVC (10 large, 9 medium, 9 small)*
  • Three colors of spray paint
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1 large washer
  • 9 small washers
  • Taper candles
  • Pro Tip: Check sizes carefully to make sure they fit together as shown. A medium should “wedge” into large, and small should stack on top of medium.


    1. Paint the PVC

    Before we start building, we’ve gotta paint all our pieces. Pick the colors you want for your large, medium and small pieces and spray paint them until each is evenly coated. As always, be sure to use your spray paint outside or in a well-ventilated area.

    2. Stack the Shamas Base

    First, we’re going to build the large center candle. Once your spray paint is dry, grab a large piece of painted PVC and line the top rim with hot glue. Place the large washer across the top.

    When it’s glued down, add more hot glue around the top of the washer and secure a second large piece of PVC.

    3. Keep Building

    Press a medium piece of PVC into the larger piece until it’s secure. You should be able to wedge this layer in without any glue.

    For the final layer, add hot glue around the base of a small PVC piece and stack it on top of the medium piece.

    Then add more hot glue on top and glue down a small washer.

    4. Repeat

    Repeat this process to build the eight other candles, but be sure to only use one large base piece so the center candle stands taller. Stick a taper candle into the small washers and start celebrating!

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    3 Responses to “How to Make Your Own Menorah for Hanukkah”

    1. Renee Spiegelglass

      What size washes did u use and what size candles (width and height)-and where did I buy the candles? Project is awesome!

    2. Joann wolford

      I am so happy I can build my own menorah

    3. Paula

      It would be helpful to know what size PVC and washers you would save a whole lot of time when shopping at the hardware store...