This nontraditional Hanukkah centerpiece features DIY candles dyed in pretty holiday colors. You won't believe how easy it is to make this Hanukkah decoration!

This easy-to-make floating candle display is a unique take on celebrating the tradition. Perfect for small spaces, you can create this candle display for Hanukkah in just three easy steps. Make your own menorah in traditional Hanukkah colors, or pick colors that match your other holiday decorations for this display. Incorporate real oil into your Hanukkah display this year with this how-to, and using a few simple ingredients, this candle display will be ready to light all eight nights.

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How to Make a Hanukkah Candle Display

Supplies Needed

  • 3 containers of water
  • 8 small glass cups
  • Blue food coloring (or a color of your choice)
  • Vegetable oil 
  • Floating wicks
  • Spoon 

Step 1: Color the water

Add blue food coloring to the three separate containers of water to create three different shades of blue. You don't have to create this variation, but we found the different blues add visual interest. You can use other colors as well to create your own pattern.

Step 2: Prepare each cup

Fill the eight small glass cups with the colored water. Only fill the cups about three-fourths full. Then add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to each cup.

Step 3: Celebrate

Add a floating wick to each cup. The wick should balance on top of the oil, which separates the wick from the colored water. 

Since this isn't a true menorah, you don't have to follow the traditional lighting directions and can light your candle display all holiday long instead. If you want to light your candles like a traditional menorah, line them up straight. On the first night of Hanukkah light the farthest right candle, and on the second night of Hanukkah, light the candle next to it. You light the new candle before lighting the previous night's candle.

Editor's tip: Remember to add candles from right to left, but light candles from left to right.

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