Rosh HaShana is just around the corner and I'm so happy to be here on Joy of Kosher! Now of course, you came here looking for recipes for the upcoming holidays, which is certainly a great start, however in my biased humble opinion, no holiday table or home is complete without some holiday specific decorating! And now you're thinking "well of course she thinks that, she's the crafting queen!" But let me tell you, you don't have to be an expert crafter to make crafts or introduce creativity to your family— I'm here to help you!
And most importantly of all, I can tell you from personal experience, that when I sit down both with and without my kids to make craft projects for upcoming holidays, our enjoyment of the holidays themselves are so much more meaningful. Anticipation and preparation are key, and craft projects not only add joy to our timeless traditions, but help make lasting memories for children and adults alike. So do give it your all and prepare some amazing meals for your family and friends, but this year set aside just a bit of time to complement your delicious cooking with some touches of creativity that will make your holidays extra special.
This year I decided to come up with a mini-series of simple craft projects using a few basic supplies, especially suited to those who haven't done much crafting recently. These projects are a great way to get your feet wet, so to speak, and you can customize them so that they'll be just right for your home.
Place a golden leaved apple at every place setting or use them to make a gorgeous rustic centerpiece on a cake stand or in a beautiful bowl. You can make these apples in just minutes, following the simple instructions here.
This simple golden apple garland will add a festive touch to your home, whether you string just a few apples on each string and use them as chair back garlands, or make longer strands to hang in doorways or just about anywhere. And after you've enjoyed your garland a bit in your home, you can certainly use it in your succah as well. You'll find the complete instructions here.
And while you're cutting out those golden apples, how about making some larger ones to use as fun decorations or to give as Rosh HaShana cards? This is of course the perfect project to do together with toddlers who may enjoy lacing the hemp string through the holes of the apple. You'll find the complete instructions here.
Creative napkin rings are a great way to add a festive touch to your holiday table, and these can be made by all ages. I love the contrast of using hemp chord on an elegant white holiday table, but you may prefer using thin ribbon and crystal beads, which would also be quite lovely. You can find the complete instructions for these golden pomegranate napkin ties here.
That's all for now, I hope you've enjoyed this mini craft series! For many more Jewish Holiday craft projects and lots of creative inspiration, please do visit me at creativejewishmom.com. It really can be your one stop crafting site and I'm always there on the other line happy to answer questions or help you come up with the perfect project for any occasion. Wishing you and yours a shanah tovah and a gamar chatimah tovah!