Picture of Girl covering face with handmade Shana Tova card with painted Bees and honeycomb for Rosh Hashanah and yellow bowl filled with red apples in corner of table

Sweet Little DIY Honey Bee Cards for Rosh Hashanah!

By Brenda Ponnay

Previously for Rosh Hashanah, we made pomegranate cards to send out to those who celebrate 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 cards are very very simple to make.

overhead photo of paint supplies to make Rosh Hashanah Honey Bee Cards with orange and yellow paint in bowls with paint brushes, cardstock, small bubble wrap sheet, and brown and black Sharpies on a dark table

Supplies to make Honey Bee Cards for Rosh Hashanah:

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

How to Make Honey Bee Cards for Rosh Hashanah:

Action photo of close-up of hands of girl in red shirt painting bubble wrap with yellow paint at white desk with red bowl filled with paint in front of her

Step 1. You’ll need to paint one side of your bubble wrap with the lighter shade of yellow.

close-up action of hands of girl pressing bubble wrap painted in yellow onto cardstock to make Rosh Hashanah Honey Bee Cards

Step 2. 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.

close-up of girl's thumb pressing darker yellow paint and stamping thumbprints on cardstock painted with yellow bubblewrap print to make Rosh Hashanah Honey Bee Cards

Step 3. 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 (see the above photo). These thumbprints will be your bees.

Rows of drying cardstock with yellow painted bubbleprint on it to make Rosh Hashanah Honey Bee Cards

Step 4. 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 snack 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.

Little girl drawing bee with black sharpie onto cardstock with yellow-painted bubblewrap to make Rosh Hashanah Honey Bee Cards

Step 5. Once your cards are dry, use your black pen or marker and add black stripes, wings and even a smile if you like to the thumbprints to make them look like little bees crawling on some delicious honeycomb.

Step 6. Add a Rosh Hashanah greeting and you’re good to go!

overhead photo of handmade Rosh Hashanah Honey Bee Cards by child with greeting of Shana Tova on table with bowl of red apples on yellow bowl in upper corner.

These cards are so sweet and so easy 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. It’s always good to have extra cards around!

little girl holding up her homemade Rosh Hashanah Honey Bee Card which reads Shana Tova and mostly covering her face

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday celebrating the new year. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Friday, September 15, 2023, and ends on the evening of Sunday, September 17, 2023.

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

More Rosh Hashanah ideas from Alpha Mom:

1. Make a Shofar to Celebrate the Jewish New Year
2. DIY Happy Rosh Hashanah Cards by Kids

About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. 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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