How to (Not) Build a Menorah the Hutt

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

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

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

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!

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

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....

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    26 Discussions

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    EmmitS
    EmmitS

    4 years ago

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

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    Caplotnik
    Caplotnik

    4 years ago

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

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    Caplotnik
    Caplotnik

    4 years ago

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

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    alanjamesblair
    alanjamesblair

    4 years ago

    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.

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    www139
    www139

    4 years ago

    lol! At least you tried... :P

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    ashleyjlong
    ashleyjlong

    4 years ago

    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!

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    iceng
    iceng

    4 years ago

    Great failures can lead to great success !

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    shizumadrive
    shizumadrive

    4 years ago

    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

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    MikeyWalnuts
    MikeyWalnuts

    Reply 4 years ago

    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.....

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    mastover
    mastover

    4 years ago

    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!

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    bob3030
    bob3030

    4 years ago

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

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    Not_Tasha
    Not_Tasha

    4 years ago

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

    #hatersgonnahate

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    Jedi_zombie85
    Jedi_zombie85

    4 years ago

    oh dear, A for effort tho

    does look super cool

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    BradBuilds
    BradBuilds

    4 years ago

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

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    embecca
    embecca

    Reply 4 years ago

    lol I had the same thought ;)

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    bizzycrafter
    bizzycrafter

    4 years ago

    It's Menoradorable!!

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    Reply 4 years ago

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

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    Yonatan24
    Yonatan24

    Reply 4 years ago

    Voted!

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    embecca
    embecca

    4 years ago

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

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    alanjamesblair
    alanjamesblair

    4 years ago

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