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What We're Reading: ReadyMade magazine's idea
for a DIY modernist menorah for Hanukkah

December 10, 2009 |  7:51 am

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This modernist menorah from the most recent edition of the do-it-yourself lifestyle magazine ReadyMade resembles artwork by George Segal.

But this piece won't break the bank, as it will be made (by you) with cheap recycled bottles. With Hanukkah running from Dec. 12 to 19 this year, you’ll be lighting the first candle Friday.

That means you have plenty of time to make this unique holiday essential. Here's how:

  1. Gather eight clear bottles of one size (they used small Lorina Lemonade bottles) and one slightly taller bottle.
  2. Soak the bottles in warm water to remove the labels. (Use Goo Gone to remove any stubborn areas.)
  3. Cover the surface with spray paint, adding a second coat only if necessary — too much can result in cracking and peeling.
  4. Insert taper candles into bottle openings, arrange with the taller bottle in the center, and light each night.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credit: ReadyMade

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