How to Make a Homemade Hanukkah Menorah

by heather

Homemade Menorah

Homemade Menorah

Ok, I know Hanukkah is this weekend, so this post is cutting things a bit down to the wire. But, better late than never, right?

My friend Alex just sent this amazing, wonderful, totally cool homemade Menorah to me and Andrew for the holiday. Isn’t it so funky?

He made it himself, completely out of pipe fittings.

There are not words to describe how much I love this menorah. It’s unique, it’s industrial, and it can also double as a weapon in case of a break-in.


Want to make one for yourself? Let’s take a look at what you’ll need! And, thanks Alex for taking the time to not only make this amazing menorah, but for writing out the parts!

How To Make A Homemade Menorah


  • (14) 1/2″ Threaded nipples – (as short as possible) to connect all pieces together – hold your jokes until the end… please! 😉
  • ( 9)  3/4″ to 1/2″ Reducing Connectors – for the candlesticks to go into
  • ( 6)  1/2″ T’s – the “base” for 6 candleholders
  • ( 2)  1/2″ 90 degree Threaded Elbows – the “base” for 2 candleholders
  • ( 2)  4″ lengths of 1/2″ pipe – (1) for the base, and (1) to form the candleholder for the center “Shamash” candle
  • ( 1)  1/2″ – 4 Way – to connect everything together
  • ( 1)  1/2″ Threaded Pipe Flange – large as possible, forms the base. Put 3-4 rubber feet under it
  • ( 1)  Roll teflon tape to connect everything if you want it to be permanent.

Using the picture above, I think it would be relatively easy to assemble it based on sight. Alex did not have a vise when putting the fittings together, but he said it would have been easier to use one.

His original plan was to create this from used pipe-fittings. But, he didn’t have everything he needed. To build one of this with entirely new parts would probably cost around $50, depending on where you live, and what kind of deals you can get. Of you had plenty of used parts, of course, it would be much cheaper, or even free, to make.

I’m going out to get candles for mine today (you’ll need 3/4 in. candles), and I’m so excited to light it this weekend!

Another piece of good news? Alex is selling these! If you’d like to buy one instead of hunting down and assembling all the parts yourself, he’d be happy to make you one. Fill out the contact form or leave a comment and I’ll send you his contact information.


me in millions December 10, 2009 at 10:41 am

Thanks for including Chanukah. I’m feeling overlooked in the very Christmas-centric blogging world. And the fun thing is that you can make menorahs out of ANYTHING. My synagogue has a display every year for homemade menorahs that families make. It’s so cool to see!

heather December 10, 2009 at 11:11 am

@me in millions- Yes, Hanukkah doesn’t get covered that much! Glad you enjoyed the post!

Paula December 12, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Really cool looking Menorah! It sure is different.

Happy Hanukkah!

Richard December 28, 2009 at 5:13 pm

This is great. Make sure to get threaded 90 degree L joints or you will have to get 2 more nipples. I chose to do this because I prefer the look. The nipple should be 1/2″ x close. Finding the cross in black is hard. I had to get one online. The flange also. I chose to get a 1″ flange and a 1″ x 1/2″ bushing. Thanks for this post.

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