It is hard to decide whether my favorite aspect of Shavuot is the paper crafts or the cheesecake. Okay, it is the cheesecake, but paper crafts come a close second.
Historically for most Jewish communities, Shavuot is celebrated in part by bringing in fresh flowers and other botanicals into the home and synagogue, but in Eastern Europe another tradition developed when a leading rabbi in Vilna in the 18th C. admonished Jews from celebrating in this way. There, the Jews began to create paper cuttings for Shavuot. As the tradition developed, the paper cuts became more and more intricate. Named Shavuoslekh (literally “little Shavuot”) these paper cuts were similar to the art works of David Fisher that I wrote about before.
Now you don’t have to be an expert crafter to incorporate some paper flowers this Shavuot for your decorations. Although Pinterest is full of ideas, many are way beyond my crafting ability (and patience). I picked 5 of the easiest yet most beautiful. These projects are spectacular in scale but other than a few specialty (but easily acquired) supplies, they have little technical complexity and can be crafted by regular humans.
DIY Wisteria by Ruffled. Styled by Studio Cultivate. Photography by Emily Chidester.
Paper Lily of the Valley from Oh So Happy Day
Paper Dogwood Branches from Martha Stewart
Paper Peony from Design Sponge
Standing Poppies by French Home Made
For easy pinning, these and other Shavuot paper crafts are on my Shavuot Paper Crafts Pinterest Board.