How to Make a Paper Shofar

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How to Make a Paper Shofar
A traditional shofar is made from a ram's horn. (Black Ram image by Andrew Breeden from

A traditional shofar is made from a ram's horn and is somewhat difficult to blow. It is blown on the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur as a call to repentance and prayer. To get kids into the Rosh Hashana spirit, make paper shofars--a craft project that's sure to go a bit easier on the ears than a real ram's horn.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 1 large paper plate, or 1 large circle cutout of posterboard
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Brown or cream coloured construction paper
  • Brown crayon (optional)
  • Glue
  • Markers or paint
  • Ribbon or yarn

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  1. 1

    Roll the paper plate or poster board circle into a cone shape and secure with tape.

  2. 2

    Measure and cut construction paper to match size of cone.

  3. 3

    Glue brown construction paper onto cone, or place cream construction paper over a texture (some wood bark would work nicely) and rub the paper with a brown crayon. Glue the textured paper onto the cone.

  4. 4

    Decorate shofar with markers or paint if desired.

  5. 5

    Cut a length of yarn or ribbon to the length of the shofar plus 2 inches. Double the yarn and cut.

  6. 6

    String yarn through the inside of the shofar and tie a knot to secure and create a carrying handle for your paper shofar.

Tips and warnings

  • If you can find little noisemakers or a kazoo that can be glued inside the cone, that would be a wonderful addition.

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