Here we are.....all 600,000 of us adults.....waiting to receive the Torah from Har Sinai! The holiday of Shavuos celebrates this amazing event that happened 3,700 years ago, which in itself is amazing!
For Pesach I created a crossing the Red Sea diorama of sorts, here, and fully intended to do something similar for Shavous, but this is what evolved in the place of a 3D Har Sinai with wine cork people. And I have to say, I'm quite happy with this little unexpected change of plans and the popsicle stick people that showed up unexpectedly to receive the Torah. (I took out the popsicle sticks to make flower stems, and to conceal the fact that my background cardboard was too short......and they suddenly became people!) They are cute aren't they? And don't worry, we'll surely find a use for those wine corks you've been saving!
- a cereal box or piece of cardboard for the mountain
- a piece of cardboard, preferably white on one side, for the background
- tissue paper in a few colors, we used brown, pink, red and black
- heavy metallic gold paper or cardboard (for the luchot)
- gold glitter
- a few shades of blue acrylic craft paint and a paint brush
- a potato
- thick colored popsicle sticks, or paint some plain ones yourself (these are actually the width of tongue depressors, so technically they're not popsicle sticks as far as I know)
- fine permanent markers in a few colors
Step 1: Decorate the background cardboard piece by printing cloud shapes with a potato! Cut the potato in half, carve a cloud shape, and print by applying paint to the potato and pressing onto cardboard.
Step 2: Decorate the cardboard from which you'll cut your Har Sinai. Apply tissue paper shapes ( I made these with a scalloped circle punch and a small flower punch) to cardboard with diluted white glue by brushing on glue, laying shapes in glue, smoothing out shapes and applying another coat of glue on top. Sprinkle gold glitter into areas where glue is particularly thick.
Step 3: Cut a mountain shape from your decorated cardboard, and cut out the luchot from metallic gold cardboard or heavy paper. Draw 5 horizontal lines on each of the luchot, if you like, to represent the 10 commandments. Attach the luchot to the back of the top of the mountain with hot glue.
Step 4: Attach the mountain to the background with hot glue.
Step 5: Cut varying heights of popsicle sticks and using hot glue, arrange them around the base of the mountain, with some overlapping to create the feeling of a crowd. Draw on simple faces and details with permanents markers.
Step 6: Hang or display for the whole family to enjoy and have a wonderful Shavuos!