Honk If You Want to Make a Toy Shofar

September 5, 2018

Because blowing the shofar is such an important part of Rosh Hashanah, let the kids participate in the tradition with this fun-to-make toy version. Crafted out of an empty paper towel roll, duct tape and paper, it also sounds a mighty honk thanks to the party horn at the tip. Besides learning about one of the Jewish New Year’s traditions, the kids are sure to have a blast.

Cardboard paper towel roll
Party horn
Duct tape
Tissue paper

1. Cut a cardboard paper towel roll in half with scissors. On one section, cut eight slits about halfway deep. (We’ll call this section A.) On the other, cut eight slits on both ends about a third of the way deep. (We’ll call this section B.) 

2. Remove the paper part of a party horn so you’re left with just the plastic tip that makes noise. Starting with section B, pinch the slits at one end and wrap them around the base of the party horn. Duct tape this pinched end to the party horn.

3. Now take the other end of section B and place it against the non-slit end of section A. The slits in section B will allow you to create a bend where the two sections meet. Connect the two sections with duct tape, maintaining the bend.

4. To make the opening of the shofar wider, expand the slits in section A, and use duct tape to maintain the space between the slits. 

5. If the shofar looks too lumpy, you can even out the shape by filling in any concave spaces with crumbled paper. Then cover up the paper with duct tape. 

6. Cut tissue paper into small pieces, brush some glue on the back, and adhere the paper to the shofar to cover the duct tape and cardboard foundation. I used gold tissue paper but you can use any colors you wish.

If you make this project, we’d love to see it! Post it on social media with #JJcrafts

Jonathan Fong is the author of “Flowers That Wow” and “Parties That Wow,” and host of “Style With a Smile” on YouTube. You can see more of his do-it-yourself projects at jonathanfongstyle.com.

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