Holidays Woodworking

DIY Copper & Wood Candle Holder

DIY metal and wood menorah

Growing up in a family of mixed backgrounds meant I got to celebrate more than one holiday each winter season (also known as, double the presents)! And, since I have been focusing on publishing Christmas projects over the past few years, I wanted to spend some time this year creating something special for Hanukkah, which is this weekend! To help get into the spirit of eight days of love, I partnered with my family at DAP Products to create a modern, DIY copper and wood candle holder that doubles as a menorah!

DIY Copper & Wood Candle Holder

Want to see this project in action? Check it out on my YouTube channel!

What You’ll Need:

Miter Saw
Drill Press/Drill
Sanding Block
7/8″ Forstner Bit
Copper Pipe Cutter
Tape Measure
Straight Edge

(1) 1 x 2 x 6′ Board
(1) 3/4 x 4′ Copper Pipe
DAP Rapid Fuse
Dripless Candles
Painter’s Tape
Clear Spray Paint

Cut List
1 x 2 x 6′
(2) 18″ Long Pieces
(2) 1 1/2″ Short Pieces

3/4″ Copper Pipe
(2) 3 1/2″ Pieces
(2) 4 1/2″ Pieces
(2) 5 1/2″ Pieces
(2) 6 1/2″ Pieces
(2) 7 1/2″ Pieces

The Steps:

1. Cut your 1×2 board into the following pieces:

(2) 18″ Long Pieces
(2) 1 1/2″ Short Pieces

diy menorah candle holder

2. Use your short pieces to mark two spaces at the ends of on of your long boards. These are the two spaces you won’t be drilling in to.

custom menorah

3. Mark the center of your board with a straight edge. This will be your guideline for your drill.

diy menorah

4. To help space out your candlesticks, first mark the 8″ center on one of the long boards.

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5. Next, measure from the 8″ center to the spacer line and make a mark every 1 1/2″. You will need 9 marks in total including the 8″ center mark.

how to make a candleholder

6. Tape your two long pieces together. This will help keep all of the drilled holes even throughout both pieces.

how to drill perfect holes in wood

7. Use tape to set the depth on your 7/8″ forstner bit. You will be drilling all the way through your top piece and about 1/8 to 1/4″ into the bottom piece.

how to drill perfect holes in wood

8. Drill a hole into each marking on your candleholder. If you don’t have a drill press, you can use a drill!

how to drill perfect holes in wood

9. Once your holes have been drilled, remove the painter’s tape and separate your top and bottom pieces.

how to drill perfect holes in wood

10. Sand all of your wood pieces.

diy wood candle holder

11. Following sanding, use DAP Rapid Fuse to attach your short pieces to the ends of your long pieces.

dap rapid fuse

12. Apply clamps to the ends of the candleholder to help hold the piece together while the adhesive cures.

how to glue wood together

13. While the adhesive cures, measure and cut your copper pipe into the following pieces:

(2) 3 1/2″ Pieces
(2) 4 1/2″ Pieces
(2) 5 1/2″ Pieces
(2) 6 1/2″ Pieces
(2) 7 1/2″ Pieces

how to cut copper pipe

14. Add your copper pieces to your candleholder by slipping them through the top holes and tapping them into the bottom holes with a heavy object or hammer.

copper pipe candle holder

15. For pieces that are wobbly or won’t stick, add DAP Rapid Fuse to the bottom channel.

dap rapid fuse metal

16. Spray your menorah/candle holder with clear spray paint.

diy candleholder

17. Add dripless candles and open a gift!

metal and wood candleholder

Just a little “pro tip” (let’s be real — I use the term “pro” very lightly): if you use dripless candles, manufacturer’s suggestion is to stop burning the candles before they reach the bottom anyway – so, you’ll never have to worry about a huge mess!

As with all projects you make… they come with bragging rights. So, don’t forget to brag about how you made your own menorah to your family members over latkes and apple sauce!

Want to save this project for next Hanukkah? Don’t forget to Pin It!

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No matter what holiday it is that you celebrate, I want to wish you all a very happy holiday season!

This post is sponsored by DAP Products, Inc. All tastes in art work and product opinions are my own. For my full disclosure policy, click here.

Sam Raimondi

Sam is a full time psychologist and part time content creator from Long Island, New York.




  • Saad

    Did you really do this yourself? Inspiring, the whole process is so good to watch. This candle holder is worth owning! Is it available online? 😀

    • Sam

      Hi friend! I did! Thank you so much!

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