Maybe it’s just me, but pasta seems like the obvious choice for constructing anything. I made this pasta menorah for a Jewish friend who had just moved to the Vineyard and mentioned that she didn’t have a menorah for Hanukkah. It’s really easy, it looks great once painted, and the menorah candles fit perfectly. You can keep it simple or make it ornate—the many interesting varieties of pasta lend themselves really well to decoration.
- one lasagna noodle
- nine rigatoni
- other pasta for decoration — bowties, spirals, elbows, etc.
- gold or silver metallic spray paint, paint (optional)
- Glue nine rigatonis, evenly spaced, onto a lasagna noodle. NOTE: The rigatoni tend to all be cut a little differently, and some are slanted a little. Try placing them upright on a flat surface before gluing to the base to find the flattest ones. They also tend to be slightly different sizes, so you can graduate your candle holders a little from smaller on the ends to a larger one in the middle or glue two together to make a taller center holder (but you need really flat ones for that). You can use ziti for some of the candle holders, and they will hold birthday candles. But try the candles out first before gluing those noodles on. A lot of them have pinched openings.
- You can leave the menorah as is or you can decorate. Elbow macaroni works great for making vines. To make crossed rotinis to attach to the center holder, I glued them together first on a flat surface and let them dry before gluing them on to the rigatoni holders.
- Paint! If you choose to do so, spray paint outdoors! Make sure an adult is present for this process and follow the directions on the can. Spray paint will dry quickly, but give it at least an hour before bringing your menorah inside. If you paint with regular watercolors, give it a couple hours to dry as well.