Here are pictures of a nine-candle menorah (the center candle is used to light the other eight) made out of a piece of birch branch. Simple as can be, and a great idea for a Hanukkah gift!
1. Cut a piece of birch branch long enough to fit nine candles.
2. Measure the diameter of your candle and drill nine holes along the birch branch menorah. Don't drill all the way through the branch. And make sure that drill is perfectly perpendicular to the branch!
3. If the holes are a little too big for the candles (as were mine), set the candles in them with hot glue or melted wax.