Sweet Little DIY Honey Bee Cards for Rosh Hashanah!



Last year for Rosh Hashanah* we made pomegranate cards to send out to everyone to wish them a sweet new year. This year I thought it would be fun to make some little bee cards since apples and honey are customary to eat on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize a sweet new year. Bees on honeycomb would be just the thing!

These are very very simple to make.


All you will need is:

1. paper cut into small rectangles to fit into whatever envelopes you have on hand.
2. a piece of bubble wrap slightly smaller than your cards.
3. non-toxic water-based acrylic paint in two shades of yellow (just add white to one dish to make it lighter)
4. a black marker pen
5. a paint brush
6. your thumbs
7. baby wipes or paper towels for clean-up


First you’ll need to paint one side of your bubble wrap with the lighter shade of yellow.


Then flip the bubble wrap over and stamp it onto the center of your card. Press it down evenly, making sure that even the corners make contact with your paper. Pull it up and set your card aside to dry.

thumb printing

After you’ve made several honey-comb base cards then dip your thumb into the darker yellow paint and stamp at least two thumbprints on each card like so. These will be your bees.


After you’ve made as many cards as you want to, set them aside and let them dry for a good hour or more. This would be a great time to take a coffee break, go outside and play or go for a swim or something. Just forget about your cards for a little bit. You want your paint to be nice and dry before you attempt to add your bee striping details.


When your cards are dry, use your black pen and add black stripes, wings and even a smile if you like to the thumb prints to make them look like little bees crawling on some delicious honey comb. Add a Rosh Hashanah greeting and you’re good to go!

bees knees

These are so easy and so sweet to make, you’ll want to send some to even your non-Jewish friends with a message something like: “You’re so sweet!” or “You’re the bee’s knees!” You might even want to save them up for Valentine’s Day.

Shana Tova!

It’s always good to have extra cards around!

*Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday celebrating the new year. This year Rosh Hashanah begins in the evening of Sunday, September 16, 2012, and ends in the evening of Tuesday, September 18, 2012.

Difficulty Level: Easy!
Appropriate Age levels: Three and Up
* Make sure to paint in a well ventilated area

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Brenda Ponnay
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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5 Responses to “Sweet Little DIY Honey Bee Cards for Rosh Hashanah!”

  1. sonja lange Sep 11 at 11:06 am Reply Reply

    Love these – can’t wait to make them!

  2. Susan:) Sep 11 at 11:08 pm Reply Reply

    Oh thank you! Now I know what to make with the girls this week! We’ll make enough to hand out to all our cousins when we go over for Rosh Hashana lunch on Monday!

  3. Heather Sep 13 at 7:07 am Reply Reply

    So cute! Great craft even for us goyim!


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