Citron Sun Catchers for Sukkot

Brenda Ponnay, author of the Secret Agent Josephine blog, is a regular contributor to TheShiksa.com. Her craft blogs are kid and family friendly; each project will help children learn the deeper meaning of the Jewish holidays. Today’s craft: Citron Sun Catchers for Sukkot

The citron is a fragrant citrus fruit, similar to a lemon but with less pulpy juiciness. In Hebrew, it’s called an etrog. The citron is an ancient fruit. It has been used as a Jewish blessing since Biblical times, and it’s one of the Four Species for Sukkot that are mentioned in the Torah.

Citrons are not really used for food in their natural state– they are really dry and sour– but they are sometimes candied at the end of Sukkot and for Tu B’Shevat. Citrons are pretty rare, and can be somewhat difficult to obtain here in the states, so I thought it would be nice to represent the citron in a craft instead.  These are fun little sun catchers that would look really pretty decorating your sukkah. They’re also really easy to make!

Here is what you’ll need to create this craft:

Yellow construction paper
Green construction paper
Yellow tissue paper
White glue
Some string or yarn
Scissors
Glue
A stapler

To start creating your citron, fold your yellow construction paper in half, then in half again.

Now cut a circle by cutting an arch from one folded side to the other. Don’t worry about being perfect, citrons are lumpy!

Now you’ll cut the inside sections out.  This is sort of like cutting a snowflake.  Fold your circle along the middle of the section you want to cut out. If you don’t feel comfortable with your snowflake cutting skills, I’ve created a template you can print out here and use as a guide.

When you’re done, open up your citron and it should look like this!

Now it’s time to add the tissue paper. Just cut a rounded piece of yellow tissue big enough to cover your cut-outs and glue it on with a thin bead of white glue. Let it dry a few minutes and then add your leaves and string with a staple at the top.

Now you’re ready to hang it!

Don’t eat it, silly!

Citrons are dry and sour!

For those of you who are all thumbs when it comes to crafting, we’ve created a fun printable coloring sheet just for you… just click, print and color!

To learn more about the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, click here.

For more Sukkot holiday crafts, click here.

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  1. Leah says:

    I absolutely LOVE this craft! Thanks, we’re so doing it soon.

  2. Beautiful idea – but the question I have is: Do you have a recipe for what to do with all those leftover etrogim?

    • Susan says:

      If you leave them in a dish, they will slowly dry out, leaving that lovely citrus smell in the air. You can also stick cloves into them and voila! havdalah spices!

    • Lora Stein says:

      I actually asked for my congregation’s Etrogim after the holiday, and I made Etrog Jelly. It tastes similar to Orange Marmalade. The recipe freezes well. It will be a unique addition to our Temple’s Tu B’Shevat seder next year.

  3. Ilke says:

    What a great way of incorporating the history and culture to teach kids a little bit at a time! Fun!

  4. AmyinBC says:

    Pretty!

    May be a silly question but do they make citronella with citron?

    Bug is such a lucky girl to have such an imaginative and creative Mum as you Brenda :)

    • Brenda says:

      Thank you Amy! I’m not sure about citronella but I did a quick google and it appears to be made from the stems and leaves of a citronella plant which is different (possibly a grass from Asia?) a citron tree. I could be mistaken. Google was not especially helpful in my quickie search. I’m sure Tori will know.

  5. Jacob says:

    Wow, what a great decoration. My child is just a baby now, but once he’s older I want to make these suncatchers with him.

    Thanks!!

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