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Picture of Girl covering face with handmade Shana Tova card with painted Bees and honeycomb for Rosh Hashanah

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 picture of yellow and orange paint in bowls, bubble wrap, sharpie markers and paper

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:

overhead picture of hands painting yellow onto scrap of bubblewrap

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

overhead picture of hands pressing painted bubblewrap onto paper to make craft

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.

overhead shot of thumb printing yellow onto paper

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.

overhead picture of yellow painted thumbprints on paper for Rosh Hashanah craft

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.

overhead picture of little girl drawing bumble bee onto paper with painted honeycomb

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 picture of handmade Shana Tova cards with bess and honeycomb

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!

Girl with handmade Shana Tova card with painted Bees and honeycomb for Rosh Hashanah!

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish holiday celebrating the new year. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins on the evening of Sun, September 29, 2019, and ends on the evening of Tues, Oct 1, 2019.

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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

 

 

 

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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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sonja lange
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sonja lange

Love these – can’t wait to make them!

Susan:)
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Susan:)

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!

Heather
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Heather

So cute! Great craft even for us goyim!

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