When Lag BaOmer rolls around, picnic baskets and bonfires take center stage, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting creative with these nifty holiday projects.
While the 33rd day of the Omer may not be a crafty holiday, all it takes is a little imagination—and a love of all things Jewish—for Laurie Bellet, an art specialist from Oakland Hebrew Day School, to come up with fabulous art fun.
“When I think of Lag BaOmer, I think of track and field and picnics,” says Bellet. “And of course, the Torah.”
To rev up the holiday, Bellet created these fun craft projects to keep kids busy on this special day, which is a welcomed break during the solemn days of the Omer. Enjoy these crafts indoors or outdoors, at home or school, with the family or on your own.
This simple craft is perfect for Lag BaOmer outing because traditionally the day is spent outdoors. Whether you spend the holiday picnicking or playing field games, your stylish hat will protect you from the sun.
- White canvas hat purchased from a craft store or online.
- Fabric glue
- Ribbons, flowers, buttons and other decorative elements
- Paint markers, acrylic paints, glitter
Use glue to affix the decorations all over the hat. Use paints and markers to add flair as you create your signature style.
For kids of all ages, parachute games are the highlight of Lag BaOmer’s outdoor fun. Start the day by having the kids decorate a plain parachute and then use it as part of the holiday’s outdoor games. This is a great group activity—ten to fifteen kids can decorate the parachute together.
- Plain parachute (available from ssww.com)
- Fabric or permanent markers
- Stencils, optional
- Spread the parachute on a clean, flat surface.
- Decorate the parachute with the fabric or permanent markers. Use stencils to create repeating patterns all over the fabric.To design intricate images, place a picture underneath the parachute (the fabric is translucent so you will be able to see through to the image). Trace the image onto the fabric with different colored markers.
- After Lag BaOmer, the parachute can be hung from the wall or a ceiling as decorative art.
Living Torah Picture
Your child will “see” themselves in the Torah as they create this “reflective” art project. Not only will they reflect on what the Torah means to them personally, but when they look at the Torah, they will actually see themselves in it. This art project will remind them that each person is another branch in the tree of life.
- Adhesive reflective or mirror paper (available at craft stores and at online), or reflective silver mylar or wrapping paper
- White and brown construction paper
- Cut a large rectangle out of the reflective paper. Peel off the back and affix it in the center of the white construction paper. If the reflective paper is not the adhesive kind, use glue to stick it on the white paper.
- Using the brown construction paper and scissors, cut out two “eitzim” or rollers. Glue them on both sides of the reflective paper, to create the Torah.
- Around the Torah, draw images from the Bible and meaningful pictures or designs that represent what the Torah is about.
Picnic Tote Print
- White canvas tote bags (available from craft stores and online)
- Scrap paper
- Fabric markers, acrylic paints,
- Paint brush
- Clean Styrofoam tray (from vegetables or meat)
- Place a piece of paper in between the tote bag so front and back of the bag won’t stick together. Decorate the tote with markers and paint.
- To make a print, apply a light coat of paint on the imprinted design on the bottom of the Styrofoam tray. Press the bag onto the tray with your hand and pull the bag up. When you release, you’ll see the design. Keep coating the design with paint and printing it all over the bag.
- For a more sophisticated print, begin by removing the raised edge off of the meat tray to make it flat. With a pencil, draw a design onto the flat side of the meat tray. Dig the pencil into the Styrofoam as you create your design. Lightly cover it with paint and press the tray onto the bag, as you would with a stamp. Repeat until the bag is covered with prints.
- Don’t write words or numbers or they’ll come out reversed!