This adorable apple card craft for kids has a honey drip, making it the perfect Rosh Hashanah card! If you prefer a fun origami tutorial, check out this Rosh Hashanah craft. This post contains affiliate links.
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) tradition is to reach out to family and friends, often via greeting cards, and wish them a sweet new year. We also eat apples and honey to symbolize this. This adorable apple card craft is perfect for kids to make for their parents!
I designed a few versions of this template so that you can customize it how you want. I crafted mine as a folded photo card from colored card stock, however, you can adapt the template to suit your needs.
The free printable template is a PDF. I also have it bundled with an SVG for machine cutting in my Etsy shop.
While this apple card craft is easy enough for kids (especially if you help them cut) it’s totally cute and fun for adults to make for family and friends! You can add a little texture by making the leaves from crepe paper, use a classier red, or even a patterned scrapbook paper.
A few ways to make this apple card craft
Here are some variations of the apple card craft for kids:
- The honey drip is perfect for Rosh Hashanah. If you’re making it for something else, just skip it. I used a plastic divider for a translucent drip. You can make it more simply with cardstock (it’ll also be easier to glue.)
- Color and craft – If you’re creating this with younger children in class, you can use the PDF template as a coloring page. Print it on card stock. Have kids color the apple parts (or get fancy with Do a Dot markers). Assemble.
- Non-photo craft – The SVG file comes with and without a hole for the photo. On the PDF you can simply not cut out the hole. Then use as a regular apple-shaped card. Or simply paste a circular photo on the outside to have more space to write inside.
- Flat card – You can also cut off the second half (just round out the fold lines, as they’re flat) to make a flat card or a simple photo frame.
- Choose your stem – I used a clothespin to close it. You can use a piece of craft stick, a small twig, or cut a rectangle from paper. It’ll also be sturdier with a full-sized clothespin, rather than the mini one that I used. The proportion will be slightly less realistic.
- Horizontal vs vertical fold – I made the template with both vertical and horizontal fold versions. The horizontal has an extra closing tab (I used hook and loop dots for that) because gravity won’t keep it closed.
As a final finishing touch, I added a magnet to the stem, so that it doubles as a fridge frame and a gift.
You can even ditch the back of the card and use the template to make a simple frame.
And finally, I placed the photo on the inside of the card. This means that you have it showing on the outside, and as part of the interior of the card. If you’d like more space to write your messages, simply glue the photo on the reverse side of the circle but on that half.
Involving younger kids more in this apple card
It’s often a struggle for toddler and preschool teachers to involve kids in a more significant way.
I did share above that you can use the template printed on cardstock as a coloring page to create the final card, instead of cutting the parts from card stock.
Preschoolers can write their own name, copy “Shana Tovah” or another new year message. They can write their messages with alphabet stickers. They might not be able to cut perfectly, but the scissors skills are great fine motor practice.
And you can have them glue a circle photo on the front of the card instead of cutting out the hole.
Assembling the parts with a clothespin adds a fine motor element – just be careful with magnets when working with toddlers. I’d avoid the super strong magnets as they are incredibly dangerous for kids. You can back the card with magnet sheet instead.
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What you need to make this apple & honey card
- Cardstock – I used this one from Michaels
- Optional: Clear divider in yellow
- Mini clothespin (or large one, craft stick, etc)
- Photo – I printed it on sticker paper on the HP Sprocket, my favorite for crafts like this
- Glue – tacky glue is great for this, if using divider for the honey you’ll need something more like double sided tape.
- For horizontal card: hook and loop dots
- Optional: magnets – I recommend magnetic strips, although I just used what I had handy.
- Cricut machine
- Standard Grip Mat
- Fine Point Blade
- Optional: Scoring wheel (for Maker machines)
How to make an apple card craft
1. Cut out all your parts. To cut by hand, simply cut out the template parts, trace on the correct color cardstock, and cut out. For Cricut: upload the card, resize if you’d like. Score if you’d like, or remove the score lines, and send to cut. Use a brayer to make sure your material is adhered well to your mat. A spatula can help you remove the parts without tearing.
2. Glue magnets to the back of the clothespin
3. Glue a leaf to the front. For younger kids, a large clothespin will be easier to use.
4. Glue the honey drip to the front of the card.
3. Fold your card in half. Glue the photo to the inside in the correct position for the photo to show through the circle.
4. Clip on the clothespin. It’ll need to be removed to open the card. Close your card with hook and loop if you’re making the horizontal version.
Your apple card craft for kids is complete! Who will you be crafting this with? Comment below!
Want a ready-to-go printable card for rosh hashanah? Check out my rosh hashanah cards here!