November 18, 2019

Tootsie Roll Torahs for Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah is a time for rejoicing, and one way to spread the joy is with these miniature Torahs made with Tootsie Rolls. They make fun party favors, but they also offer a great learning opportunity for kids. You’ll need the skinny three-inch version of the candies for this project. Rather than drive all over town looking for them, I bought a 280-count jar on Amazon. Needless to say, I will be making Tootsie Roll Torahs until the next Simchat Torah.

What you’ll need:
3-inch Tootsie Rolls
Construction paper
Double-sided tape
Verse printed on white paper
Glue stick
Rubber band


1. Cut a 2 1/2-by-7-inch piece of colored construction paper.


2. Apply double-sided tape to the two ends of the paper and place a Tootsie Roll at each end. Roll the candy in the paper toward the center, and you’ll have the beginnings of a scroll.


3. Print out a favorite verse on white paper, trim it, and adhere it to the center of the scroll with a glue stick. I used Psalms 119:97.


4. Continue rolling up the scroll until the two ends meet. Secure them with a rubber band.


5. Cut a 2-by-4-inch piece of construction paper of a coordinating color. Draw a design in the middle like a crown, the Ten Commandments or the Tree of Life, and wrap the paper around the scroll as the Torah mantle.

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 online.