When Shavuot rolls around, most people think blintzes and cheesecake. While Rivky Koenig, author of Crafting Jewish (Artscroll 2008), loves the holiday’s traditional dairy cuisine, too; flowers are the first thing that comes to her mind.
“Everything is so beautiful and fresh this time of year,” says Koenig. “Adding a floral touch to the holiday is an easy way to get creative for Shavuos.”
Instead of purchasing large floral arrangements, which can be expensive and impersonal, Koenig suggests buying simple flowers and arranging them in bud vases or in a cluster of tea cups.
“Or, you can buy a few stems of the same type of flower and color and arrange them in a square or rectangular vase,” says Koenig. “To up the ante, tie a wide ribbon in a contrasting color around the vase so you can’t see the stems. You’ll be amazed at the pop of color the ribbon adds.”
If you want to opt out of floral arrangements all together, Koenig suggests creating floral-inspired Shavuot crafts. Floral decoupage plates, daisy napkin rings and adorable sunflower headbands are simple, fun and gorgeous projects the whole family will love.
“This is one of my favorite crafts,” says Koenig. “It involves a lot of different techniques—cuttings, gluing and painting—so the kids feel really good about themselves when they finish this project.”
Paper napkin with a floral motif
1 smooth glass plate
Mod Podge or craft glue diluted with water
Disposable plastic bowl
2 (1- or 2- inch wide) foam brushes
While acrylic paint
Gold acrylic paint
Gold paint marker, optional
- Open the floral napkin and place it under the plate so that an overall design will be on the back of the plate. Decide which part of the design you want to affix to the plate. Cut out that section of the napkin, making sure that it is the size of the plate or slightly larger.
- Take the napkin off the plate and turn the plate over.
- Pour a small amount of Mod Podge or diluted glue into the plastic bowl. Dip the foam brush into the Mod Podge and smear a thin coat of it onto the back of the entire plate. Carefully center the napkin, face down, on the Mod Podge-covered surface and smooth out any air bubbles.
- Use a foam brush to spread another thin coat of Mod Podge to cover the back of the entire napkin. It is okay if the back of the napkin wrinkles slightly; just smooth the ripped part together. Let dry for at least an hour.
- Once dry, use your scissors to trim off any pieces of hardened napkin that extend over the edge of the plate.
- Then, use a foam brush to coat the back of the plate with white acrylic paint. Allow to dry completely. Paint over the white paint with a coat of gold paint. Allow to dry completely.
- If desired, finish the plate by using a gold thin marker to draw a thin line around the top edge of the plate.
Tissue Paper Flowers
Whether you hang these gorgeous crepe paper flowers from a chandelier, affix them the back of dining room chairs, or twist them around napkins, you’ll be amazed at the simplicity of this one-of-a-kind craft.
Tissue paper in desired colors (eight sheets per flower)
- Stack eight 20x30-inch sheets of tissue paper. Make 1 1/2-inch wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold, until the entire paper is folded.
- Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, and slip over the center of the folded tissue; twist, so that the wire holds the folded paper in place. With scissors, trim the ends of the tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.
- Separate the layers, pulling the paper away from the center, one fold at a time.
- Attach string to the wire and hang the paper flower from a chandelier or affix to the back of a dining room chair. If using as a napkin ring, bend the wire into a loop to fit around a napkin.
Photo Credit: Photo from Flickr - dklimke
This craft is a perfect way to enhance your holiday’s tablescape. Reuse the napkin rings throughout the summer.
Silk gerbera daisies
Glue gun and glue sticks
- Cut the flower end off of the stem of the silk flowers.
- Hot glue the daisy head in the center of a side piece of ribbon.
- Decoratively tie the ribbon around a cloth napkin.
“Who says flowers only belong in gardens and vases?” says Koenig. “These crafts show you that flowers are perfect just about anywhere.”
Glue gun and glue sticks
French clip barrette or pony tail holders
- Use the glue gun and glue sticks to glue a piece of ribbon to the top of the barrette, tucking the ends under and gluing them down.
- Separate the flowers from the stem. Use your scissors to trim off as much of the underside of flower as you can.
- Hot glue one or more flowers to the barrette. Press down on the flowers to secure. Allow to dry.
To make a flower pony holder:
- Separate one large flat flower (such as a sunflower, peony or daisy) from its stem. With the scissors, trim any remaining stem from the back of the flower.
- Use the glue gun and glue sticks to glue the back of the flower to the pony tail holder.
- Cut a small piece of ribbon and hot glue it over the back of the flower where it is attached to the ponytail holder. Part of the ponytail holder should be sandwiched between the flower and the ribbon. The ribbon should not be visible from the flower side of the ponytail holder. Press down to secure the ribbon to the flower. Allow to dry.