DIY Arts and Crafts Projects

Enjoy our do-it-yourself Jewish craft and cooking videos for kids of all ages!

DIY Jewish Paper Cutting: A Fun Craft Project for Kids 6+

Snip away at shiny origami paper to make beautiful paper “roses” to hang up for Shavuot or any time of year!  Follow this easy tutorial led by Berkeley artist Claire Sherman! This project is great for kids ages 6 and up and may require adult supervision due to the use of scissors.

Make Your Own Mezuzah in Just 30 Minutes

Learn how to make fun clay mezuzot with Berkeley artist Claire Sherman!  A great 30-minute activity to do with any kids 3 years old and up, a mezuzah to decorate your doorpost for years to come!

DIY Jewish Slime video

Jewish Slime? WHY NOT?! Let’s make the best internet meme ever kosher! Join us for a ridiculous, yet informatively satisfying, tutorial on how to make your own kiddush slime. Note: do not actually consume kiddush slime.
Plus, check out Parshat Metzorah for real Torah slime! (Well, close, anyway!)

DIY Matzah Cover for Passover

Let’s get crafty for Passover. Learn how to make your very own matzah cover with Berkeley artist Claire Sherman. No sewing skills required! Special thanks to Elisheva Anisman and Shira Anisman for the beautiful examples shown in this piece!

Why do we need to cover the matzah? The best way to explain this is to think about Shabbat. On Shabbat, we cover the challah before saying the blessing. The challah is also covered while we say the blessing over the wine because we don’t want the challah to get jealous that we had the wine first. Similarly, the matzah is covered while we say the blessing over the wine and before saying the blessing for the matzvah.

Make Your Own Hamsa

Carve out lovely designs in paper with an exacto knife in this DIY Jewish paper cutting tutorial! We’ll make a hamsa – a popular symbol found throughout the Middle East and northern Africa – together with Berkeley artist Claire Sherman as she demonstrates carving.

Support for these resources was generously provided through a PJ Library Alliance Spark Engagement grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

These resources have been made possible through the generous support of the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah

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