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DIY Happy Rosh Hashanah Cards

Sep22

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Did you know it is customary to send out cards for Rosh Hashanah wishing your friends and loved ones a sweet new year? It may be just another couple of days in September (this year it’s September 28th through the 30th) to everyone else but if you are Jewish it is an important time to reflect on the past and wish everyone a sweet new year to come. It’s even nice if you’re not Jewish.

L' Shannah Tovah!

I thought it would be fun to make some pomegranate cards since the pomegranate is a symbol of Rosh Hashanah. Pomegranates are eaten at Rosh Hashanah as part of the “new fruit” blessing (they come into season right around the end of September) and because of their layered symbolism and meaning in the Jewish religion. Pomegranates have about 613 seeds which correspond with the 613 commandments found in the Torah.

pomegranite seeds

And they’re pretty!

everyday household stamps

Since pomegranates themselves weren’t quite in season when I set out to do this craft (and because I don’t know how well they would work as a stamp) I opted to stamp with some common household items: a potato and a pencil eraser! Probably things you already have on hand!

potato stamps

First I cut the potato in half and carved out a simple pomegranate shape like so:

carving guide

Since potatoes are already naturally oval, it’s easy to create the top fringe or calyx by cutting away the negative space. Just three notches and a little shaving on the sides with a sharp knife. For the inside of the pomegranate just cut the top and sides and then carve a circle in the middle and remove the center with a grapefruit spoon. (Please have a responsible adult do this part of the craft.)

mixing colors

Next you’ll need to mix up some pomegranate-colored paint. I did this by mixing a little brown in with red. Please use water-based children’s acrylic paint. If you have small children participating, I recommend washable paint and an apron. It’s always good to be on the safe side. Don’t mix your paint too well though, the variegation of color will make the pomegranate stamp look more natural.

cutting card stock

Cut up some card stock that will fit into whatever envelopes you have on hand and get ready for some stamping fun!

applying paint to the stamp

At this point I handed the craft off to the kids. They painted the potatoes and started stamping with very little instruction. It’s pretty intuitive.

stomp!

Stamp! Stamp! Stamp!

seeds

For the seeds we just stuck a nice new pencil eraser in the paint and stamped with that. Easy!

L' Shannah Tovah

Then let them dry and soon you’ll be ready to send some sweet new year greetings!

L’ Shanah Tovah!

About the author

Brenda Ponnay

http://secret-agent-josephine.com
Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it's painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.


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12 Responses to “DIY Happy Rosh Hashanah Cards”

  1. Felix Sep 27 at 12:41 pm Reply Reply

    Great craft idea. I need to try and make some potato stamps so my daughter can make some fun crafts like this. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Yara Sep 27 at 1:09 pm Reply Reply

    I have a potato & a pencil!  I might even have red paint!  We can make these cards! 
    I even know some people we can send them too.  Okay, I don’t think I have red paint, so I’ll have to run to Micheal’s & get some…  
    This little project will be our history lesson for the day/week.

  3. Elizabeth Sep 27 at 7:41 pm Reply Reply

    I love your Rosh Hashana crafts! L’shanah tovah!

  4. OMSH Sep 28 at 12:04 am Reply Reply

    Seriously adorable.  I wonder if my potato would look anywhere near a pomegranate??  I might have to cut one up to find out.  I LOVE the idea of setting aside a few days to send special greetings and blessings.  Thanks for another great craft idea!

  5. janine Sep 28 at 10:38 am Reply Reply

    these are so pretty! i’m always looking for creative holiday cards and although i’m not jewish i’m totally going to re-use this idea for christmas or even everyday occasions. thanks!

  6. These are really cute cards, We may have to do this today or tomorrow. (nice pomegranate photo ;)

  7. Aleandra Sep 29 at 3:38 pm Reply Reply

    Love these – adorable cards and it’s so great to have crafts that use common household items. Wonderful idea, Brenda.

  8. bouncy Sep 29 at 11:11 pm Reply Reply

    What a great little craft with stuff that I already had at home. Love it.

  9. Angie Sep 30 at 10:29 am Reply Reply

    Cute!  I love using the pencil eraser for a stamp- I will need to remember that!

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