Introduction: How to (Not) Build a Menorah the Hutt

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This year I had planned to make my girlfriend a menorah that fit her personality perfectly. Last year I saw a Menorah the Hutt posted posted by Former Jalopnik Editor Ray Wert and I knew it had to be. This was the menorah for her! Unfortunately, it also turned out to be a fire hazard. Follow along as I show you how dumb I am and how I almost burned my apartment down to the ground. Please make sure to also vote for my Instuctable in the Epic Fails Contest. Thank you!

Step 1: Gathering the Materials

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The materials I used to make this tinderbox was:

1. A Jabba the Hutt figure

2. A drill

3. Drill bits

4. Menorah Candles

Step 2: Space Out and Drill

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I'm a visual person so I really needed to space out where the candles were before I would drill the holes. To do this I used some screws and just stuck them partly in and took a step back to see the results. They looked perfect first try, so I simply backed them out and drilled the permanent holes.

Now, just stuff your candles in the holes and you're ready to set your home on fire!

Step 3: Light It Up!

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Now we just lit it up and sat back to enjoy the first night of Hanukkah. We sat there and basked in it's glow for 10 minutes. At that point, we needed to finish up some chores, so we both went and did our own thing.

20 minutes later I popped my head back into the living room and saw Jabba with his head engulfed in flames and black smoke everywhere! Han Solo must have dropped another shipment! That, or the candles burned down to the point where it lit the flamable plastic.

Step 4: What I Learned

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A. Never leave the room when there is a flame going.

B. In the original Menorah the Hutt, there were little wooden stands. I don't know what they do, other than holding the candle, but maybe they'll prevent another fire from happening. I'll have to research more before I try again next year....


EmmitS (author)2016-04-07

Wood soaked in candle wax would be just as flammable. lesson to be learned: Don't leave any candle untended.

Caplotnik (author)2016-04-07

Almost ended up as Bantha doo-doo!. Excellent fail!

Caplotnik (author)2016-04-07

Almost ended up as Bantha doo-doo!. Excellent fail!

alanjamesblair (author)2016-01-06

Okay, admittedly, I've been thinking about this project way too much, but perhaps if you made a tallit out of the back of a soda can using a Sharpie for the design and JB welded candle-holders or even large enough nuts to the back for the candles, it wouldn't affect the figure.

www139 (author)2015-12-29

lol! At least you tried... :P

ashleyjlong (author)2015-12-20

Oof! And nerds everywhere sobbed for the death of that collectible toy :) Love the idea and hope v.2.0 leads a long and melt-free life!

iceng (author)2015-12-12

Great failures can lead to great success !

shizumadrive (author)2015-12-10

That was the really expensive Jabba too wasnt it?

Cast Jabba and then put some weird color of wax in the mold and then fill it up with green so when it melts we get some non smoking jabba guts

Yeah, I ordered it off of Amazon for $25.

I do like the idea of a Jaba the Hutt multi-wick candles. Maybe some other time.....

mastover (author)2015-12-10

I love it when people post failures on this site. It makes me feel like I'm not the only one that screws up from time to time. Thanks for posting! Happy Hanukkah!

bob3030 (author)2015-12-10

Cool! At step #2 Jobba was really screwed! Sorry, I couldn't resist.

CRAZEDCLAM (author)2015-12-09

This is great!

Not_Tasha (author)2015-12-09

Mike, I think Menorah the Hutt is fantastic and your Epic Fail was epic.


Jedi_zombie85 (author)2015-12-09

oh dear, A for effort tho

does look super cool

BradBuilds (author)2015-12-08

when i saw that pic i was like 'what the sludge'

embecca (author)BradBuilds2015-12-09

lol I had the same thought ;)

bizzycrafter (author)2015-12-08

It's Menoradorable!!

Yonatan24 (author)bizzycrafter2015-12-09

Not only Menoradorable, It's also menorawesome and menorawful!

Yonatan24 (author)Yonatan242015-12-09


embecca (author)2015-12-09

don't worry I've set my home on fire many a times, the firemen understand that were arts people ;)

alanjamesblair (author)2015-12-08

I love your write up! Maybe if you added some sort of material to space the candles from the plastic figure?

Carleyy (author)2015-12-08

tehehe this is a hilarious menorah!

grannyjones (author)2015-12-08

OMG! Thank you so much for sharing this. I have tears running down my cheeks! Your fail is utterly HYSTERICAL!

backenforth (author)2015-12-07

I miss him so much ;( gone too soon!

Not_Tasha (author)backenforth2015-12-08

RIP Jabba

mlawing (author)2015-12-07

Glad that didn't end in tragedy. Hilarious write-up!

DIY Hacks and How Tos (author)2015-12-07

This is probably the funniest Menorah that I have ever seen.

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