Rosh Hashana Crafts

On Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, there are several symbols that inspire good crafts projects. Here are some ideas for Rosh Hashana crafts to get you started.

Apples & Honey
Inspired by the tradition of dipping apples in honey for a sweet new year, there are many crafts spin-offs that go along with this tradition.

  • Apple print cards: Cut an apple in half. Dip or brush paint onto the open half into paint and stamp it on a piece of paper folded in half. When it is dry, write new year greetings around or on the apple and give it to family or friends. The nice thing about this project is you can stamp several cards in the same sitting.
  • Apples and honey plate: Using two disposable clear plastic plates and some paper cut-out apple, Shofar, and Star of David shapes, perhaps with "L'Shana Tova" written on any of them, arrange the symbols on one plastic plate, affixing them with glue stick. Then, run a line of super glue around the rim of the plate and affix the second plate to the top of the first to seal in the decorations. Use the plate to serve apple slices and honey.
  • Get honey in the straw - a few of them - and poke some holes in an apple, but not all the way through. Poke one end of the honey straw inside the apple, standing up at various angles. If desired, make two "eyes" from mini marshmallows on toothpicks, and the straws are the "hair". Give away as New Years gifts or use as a fun centerpiece.

The Shofar
The Shofar is made from a ram's horn, and blown to make loud sounds heralding the new year. Here are some crafts using the Shofar theme:

  • Kazoo Shofar: draw the shape of a Shofar on a piece of construction paper. Cut it out with scissors, trace around it, and cut the second one out so you have two. Decorate any way you like. Then, using cellophane tape, affix a small kazoo inside between the two Shofar cutouts so that the mouthpiece of the kazoo lines up with the mouth of the Shofar shapes. Then you can make the kazoo sounds with your Shofar!
  • Shofar Happy New Year sign: similar to making a chain of paper dolls, take a piece of long paper (8.5"x14") and cut it into four long strips. Fold each strip accordion style about 2.5" each segment. Draw a Shofar on the top, leaving a tab at each side to connect the shofars together. Cut the whole thing out at the same time being careful not to cut through the tabs. When you unfold it, you should have a chain of shofars. Write "Happy New Year" with one letter on each Shofar (make more if needed).
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