Handmade greeting cards reflect the many themes of Rosh Hashanah: blowing the shofar, dipping apples in honey, community togetherness, etc. Creating these cards with special people in mind makes this a wonderful family activity - and perhaps a new tradition.
Here's how to make your own "Apple Print Cards."
You will need: an apple cut in half around the middle (notice the star shape in the center of the apple when cut); plastic forks; styrofoam trays or paper plates; red, yellow and green paint; white paper, folded in half or quarters; glitter (optional); and markers or crayons.
• Pour the paint into the styrofoam trays or paper plates.
• Stab the rounded side of an apple half with the plastic fork (to be used as a handle).
• Dip the flat side of the apple in the paint and scrape off any excess paint against the side of the tray.
• Stamp the apples onto the front of the white paper.
• Sprinkle glitter on the wet paint.
• When the paint is dry, write your New Year's greeting on the card.
You can also try to make "Sun Catcher" Rosh Hashanah cards.
You will need: colored construction paper (9x12 inches); 2 pieces of clear contact paper (each cut to 9x12 inches); scissors; tissue paper; and Jewish-themed confetti shapes (often found in party stores).
• Cut the shape of an apple, shofar or book out of the center of the 9x12-inch colored construction paper to form a frame.
• Cut two 9x12-inch pieces of clear contact paper.
• Lay the frame on the sticky side of one piece of the contact paper.
• Until ready to use, cover with the original nonstick backing of the contact paper. Creatively arrange cut-up pieces of tissue paper or confetti on exposed sticky contact paper.
• When finished, carefully seal the picture with the second piece of contact paper.